Though Goldthwait has kept active with his recent directing work for Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show and The Man Show, he's still on top of his standup game. But Goldthwait's comedy has developed considerably since his days as a frenzied lunatic on the big screen. With Goldthwait's new CD, you'll get more laughs just reading the titles than from listening to lesser comedy albums in their entirety. To wit: "Alcoholic Clowns and Katie Couric" and "Why the Hollywood Squares Downsized Me." This stuff's funny even if you're too young to understand some of the references. For instance, Goldthwait says, there's the possibility that some Gen Xers in the crowd might think his mention of Kennedy killing Marilyn references the former MTV VJ and goth-clad shock rocker.
And speaking of abrasive rock music, perhaps that's where Goldthwait gets his penchant for irreverent humor. He's professedly more influenced by Johnny Rotten than Johnny Carson. And, of course, poetry: "Gene, Gene made a machine. Joe, Joe..." Ah, you know how it goes. -- Jason Budjinski