Joy Ride: Bobcat Goldthwait, Dana Gould Reflect

Bobcat Goldthwait and Dana Gould in Joy Ride. Courtesy of Gravitas Ventures.

Joy Ride, the new comedy documentary from Bobcat Goldthwait, features two comedians reflecting on where they are in their lives.

This film doesn’t happen without Goldthwait and Dana Gould previously getting into a near-fatal car accident. The two comedy veterans are frenemies and here they are getting back on the road throughout the American South. It goes without saying that the film features a mix of reflection and stand-up performances. Every now and then, we’ll see clips from previous late night and morning show appearances. Ultimately, the film is rather short at 70 minutes but one should just sit down and enjoy the ride.

Joy Ride is not the kind of film that requires in-depth critique. There’s not really much more that I can say. Both Goldthwait and Gold reflect on where they are in their careers when they are not performing on stage. At the same time, we also see segments where they’re performing at a few comedy clubs. Going off of the end credits, they film at four comedy clubs. Neither of them are using their comedy performances to punch down at marginalized communities like transgender people, for instance. Remind you of anyone? Nobody should be using comedy to punch down at anyone in any situation. If you’ve been reading Bobcat Goldthwaite’s interviews for the film, you know where he stands. He’s on the right side of history but you already know my feelings when it comes to comedy.

At one point, they make jokes about Lewy Body Dementia and masturbating. This particular joke segues into memories of Robin Williams, including a clip from when Williams and Goldthwait appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live. In case you didn’t know, Goldthwait directed the late Robin Williams.  That’s not the only TV clip in the film, of course.

It’s a short documentary but Joy Ride is the type of comedy film that more studios should be making.

DIRECTOR: Bobcat Goldthwait
FEATURING: Dana Gould, Bobcat Goldthwait

Gravitas Ventures will release Joy Ride in theaters and VOD on October 29, 2021.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.