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Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait at the Laughing Skull Lounge

IF YOU GO

• What: Stand-up with Bobcat Goldthwait

• When: Friday through Sunday, times vary

• Where: Laughing Skull Lounge, 878 Peachtree St., Atlanta

• Cost: $20 to $30

• For more information: Visit www.vortexcomedy....>

ATLANTA -- Best known for his role as Zed in the "Police Academy" movies with an unnatural high-pitched voice, comedian Bobcat Goldthwait comes to Atlanta with a stand-up routine at the Laughing Skull Lounge today through Sunday.

It isn't his first time performing at the comedy club hidden inside the burger joint, The Vortex, at its Midtown location. It's one of Goldthwait's favorite places to perform in the city.

"It's a great room -- it's near the top (of places to perform)," he said about the venue. "It's so small and the crowds are kind of expecting stuff that isn't so mainstream."

Since first hitting the big screen in the 1980s, Goldthwait has written, directed and produced three dark-comedy movies: "Sleeping Dogs Lie," "World's Greatest Dad" with Robin Williams and the most recent, "God Bless America."

"At this age, I try to please myself," he said. "And I think 'God Bless America' went over very well although some people wanted it to be another 'World's Greatest Dad.'"

Goldthwait is touring around with a new stand-up routine to take some time away from his hectic schedule.

"I do stand-up now, which is a nice break. I've been busy," he said with a laugh. "I go on the road to pay the bills. Comedy keeps me away from going into reality TV."

But don't let him fool you, he's already working on two other movies and a musical.

"I can't sing, but I'm working on a musical with Ray Davies of the Kinks for a while featuring their album, 'Schoolboys in Disgrace,'" Goldthwait said. "I'm also trying to rewrite a screenplay for Robin (Williams) and I to do another movie together."

If nothing else, he knows who he is and doesn't give a hoot what anyone thinks.

"I want people to enjoy the show, but some people won't like it, and some people will," Goldthwait said. "I'm not looking for fans. I like people that appreciate the show for what it is."

Show times vary on each date. Visit www.vortexcomedy.com for additional details.

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