You may know Bobcat Goldthwait from his recent films, the cult sensation World's Greatest Dad and the forthcoming God Bless America. Or, if you've been paying less attention, you might recall his role as the squeaky-voiced gang leader Zed from the Police Academy movies. But Goldthwait was a standup comic first and foremost. He began performing when he was still in his teens, though his career eventually took a bit of a digression. Thirty years after starting, he seems to have finally found his comedic voice onstage. "As a form, it's become more of an extension of me and less of a character," he says. Goldthwait's a master storyteller whether he's working in film or standup format, and his set is a careful balance of self-deprecation and absurdity. Despite his seemingly cavalier attitude toward the craft, his influence on modern comedy remains immeasurable today. "[Standup] is starting to become fun again. [For a while], I kind of didn't like standup, but what I really didn't like was being stuck in the persona that folks knew me from in the '80s. So I wanted to jettison that. I was like, 'Why don't I like this?' because I was on the road and everyone was being pretty nice to me. But then I realized, 'Oh, I don't like this act.'" 18+.
April 19-21, 8 p.m.; April 20-21, 10:30 p.m., 2012