Never in a million fever dreams would I have imagined Florence Henderson being a love interest for Bobcat Goldthwait. Turns out Bobcat did, which is why he wrote the Brady Bunch actress into a quick scene at the beginning of his 1991 film Shakes the Clown.
The film is all kinds of off, not least because it features Goldthwait as the title character, an alcoholic womanizing birthday party clown who eventually gets framed for murde—although that huge plot point doesn’t occur until 2/3 of the way into the movie. We spend the first part of the film learning about Shakes, himself, and following his struggle to keep his job despite a plethora of personal issues.
Shakes the Clown is a darkly comedic look into the world of a clown community if it were to actually exist to the embellished extremes created into existence for this movie. Set in the fictional Palukaville, which, we learn early on, has become riddled with clowns who have migrated there for the sole purpose of being surrounded by their own kind, the film often takes on a dreamlike nature as it pleasantly spirals into insanity.