Shakes the Clown was dubbed the “Citizen Kane of alcoholic clown movies” by movie critic Betsy Sherman of the Boston Globe when it was released in theaters in 1991.
Though not a success commercially, this quirky black comedy is now considered a cult film classic.
It stars comedian Bobcat Goldthwait in the title role as a depressed, alcoholic party clown who is framed for murder. As Shakes, he tries to drink his troubles away at the Twisted Balloon, a seedy but clown-friendly bar.
Julie Brown, as the barmaid, is his love interest.
The film is full of familiar Hollywood names, including Florence Henderson who definitely steps away from her role as the clean-cut “Mrs. Brady.”
While the movie’s offbeat humor and dark edge may not have been a crowd-pleaser, it certainly is worth a watch if you’re the type of person who typically “gets” these sorts of things.
You know who you are.
Whether you love it or hate it, now some twenty three years later, several key cast members –Julie Brown (“Judy”), (the man behind the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants) Tom Kenny (“Binky The Clown”), Florence Henderson (“The Unknown Woman”) and Goldthwait himself (“Shakes The Clown”)– will perform a “lively live” reading of the script in front of an audience as part of SF Sketchfest (aka The San Francisco Comedy Festival).
It happens on Sunday, February 9th, the final day of the 2014 SF Sketchfest, at 4pm at Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco, California. You can buy your tickets online.