Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Stars: Bobcat Goldthwait, Julie Brown, Paul Dooley, Robin Williams, Kathy Griffin, Florence Henderson, Tim Kazurinsky, LaWanda Page, Adam Sandler
Shakes is a party clown hoping to get his own daytime kids TV show. He is an alcoholic clown, and he hangs out at the local clown bar where is Girlfriend Judy works. She is working on becoming a professional bowler. When they announce on the TV that Binky gets to be the replacement for the show, Shakes goes into the back of a bar to confront his manger Mr. Cheese. Binky was in the back of the bar buying drugs off some rodeo clowns, when Mr. Cheese walks in on them. Mr. Cheese is killed by Binky, and the murder is blamed on Shakes. He has to clear his name and sober up so that he doesn't lose Judy at the same time.
This is a movie that I always recommend people to watch. If you like dark comedies, then you will love this trashy, dirty dark comedy. This is a kind of filthy movie an odd twisted side to it. Who would watch a movie about an alcoholic clown? It worked. Bobcat Goldthwait wrote, directed and starred in this movie, which is sometimes the worst thing that you can do. He did it well. This was the best sleeper movie that I ever discovered. I had never even heard of this movie until it came out on VHS. I liked it so much that I bought a copy.
The cast is now mostly a very popular famous group, but when this movie was made they were mostly just starting out. Florence Henderson had a very small part, but it was really good to see her in a movie. Robin Williams is a mime in the movie. He has a small sections in the movie, but it is so funny. He just proves that no matter how big or small the part is, he can still make a movie or his scenes worth watching. Before this role, Julie Brown had a show on MTV called Just Say Judy. Sadly she never had the career that I think she should have had. She did put out a few albums. Kathy Griffin was not the big stand up comedienne and TV star that she has become. Adam Sandler was unheard of them. He was about to start Saturday Night Live, I think. The best of the whole cast was the great LaWanda Page. She was only in a few short scenes, but they were the best in the movie. Just watch her parts in the movie. She is one of the clowns hanging out at the bar. Her lines are classically trashy.
This such a funny dark movie. It is not for all audiences, but the right people will enjoy it. If you can find a copy, then go get it. It is hard to find. Enjoy.
Shakes the Clown (1991) Trailer