Bobcat Goldthwait, notable '80s goofball turned indie filmmaker and keen-eyed satirist, was stepping back into standup when he made his debut at Acme last summer. In earlier years his comedy was essentially a live performance of the screechy-voiced character popularized in movies like Hot to Trot and the Police Academy series, but now a (relatively) mellower and more demure Bobcat is bringing a new level of honesty and insight to his shows. "I wasn't enjoying [standup], but it was only because I was doing a version of myself onstage," he told City Pages when he came to town last year. "It's been exciting to be writing again and not relying on the crutch of doing the 'Aga Aga' character." The result of this new approach was an excellent, exciting hour of monology that nicely blended riffing, sharp joke writing, and storytelling, which makes his return trip to the Twin Cities a promising proposition. But more thoughtful though he may be, rest assured that the man behind the biting modern comedies Sleeping Dogs Lie and World's Greatest Dad hasn't exactly gone soft. "America is the People's Republic of Spring Break," he said. "You're supposed to have a beer bong in the middle of an orgy all the time. None of that stuff relates to me. Let's just say if you've ever worn a foam finger and were serious about it, I hope you don't go to my movies." 18+.
June 10-11, 8 p.m.; Sat., June 12, 10:30 p.m., 2010