Bobcat Goldthwait has been making people laugh for more than three decades, first as a brash, nonsequitur'd stand-up comedian and later as a writer and director of feature films in Hollywood; last year's God Bless America is a murderous send-up of reality television. His career started in the 1980s in San Francisco at comedy incubators such as the Other Cafe, Wolfgang's, and Cobb's, where he was supported by friends and colleagues like Robin Williams, who he'd later direct. But Goldthwait's intense persona and wildly creative topics couldn't be contained in a 7x7 area for too long, and his move to Los Angeles would bring him to the world at large.
He's often said that the art of telling jokes never felt like work when he lived up here, so it should be a pleasure to see him back in action in San Francisco this week. Goldthwait returns to one of his most formative stages on Aug. 2-3 when he performs stand-up at Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus (at Lombard). Admission is $25.