Comic actor-turned-director Bobcat Goldthwait will take part in a new Central New York animation festival highlighting weird and hilarious short films.

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Calling itself "The Duck and Red Octopus Short Funny Stop-Action and Animated Film Festival", the event will take place Sept. 22-23 at the Ake Gallery in Cortland, New York.

Goldthwait will be performing standup the evening of the first day, Friday, Sept. 22.

The festival will also feature panels and exhibitions from well-known animators. Tom Kenny (of SpongeBob SquarePants fame) will also be appearing virtually.

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42 finalists in the film festival will compete for a variety of awards, including Best Stop Action Short, Funniest Animated Short, Best Local Short, Best Local Youth Short and the tongue-in-cheek Totally Unfair Insider and Nepotism Award.

The Ake Gallery, located at 165 Main Street in downtown Cortland, is owned and operated by standup comic and Cortland native Paul Koslowski.

Tickets for this event are $20 and can be purchased through Eventbrite.


Born Robert Francis Goldthwait in 1962, the man who would become "Bobcat" grew up in East Syracuse and was a graduate of Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School. Goldthwait became singularly focused on comedy at a young age, often hosting performances for his friends, including the future voice of SpongeBob, Tom Kenny.

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Aside from standup, Goldthwait is known for his comedic acting performances (Police Academy, Hot to Trot, Scrooged) and as a director of dark comedy films (Shakes the Clown, World's Greatest Dad, Sleeping Dogs Lie). 

In 2013 he was named "Director of the Year" by Esquire Magazine.

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