Hilariously dark comedian Bobcat Goldthwait (pictured) performs at the Funny Bone Comedy Club in Manchester Nov. 9. Goldthwait, who burst on the scene in the '80s as a solo comedian with his over-the-top antics and political satire, made his movie debut in Police Academy as the memorable criminal Zed. He starred in several other popular comedies, including One Crazy Summer and Burglar, and he's currently on a creative fast track, directing three highly acclaimed independent films in the last six years. His latest film, God Bless America, premiered in May. Along with his movie adventures, Goldthwait still manages to put together his colorful trademark satire into a routine he performs across the country. Although he's not quite the same frantic character burning up television sets, taking a shower onstage or screaming at the top of his lungs (at age 50, what do you expect?), his intelligent humor elicits the same buzz and hysterical laughter from his audiences.
Nov. 9-11 (Fri. and Sat. 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m.), $20, Funny Bone Comedy Club, 194 Buckland Drive #1054, Manchester, (860) 432-8600, hartfordfunnybone.com.