Comedian Patton Oswalt translated his acerbic, defiantly absurdist sensibility into unexpected mainstream success, enjoying a thriving tv and film profession without dulling his edge. Delivered January 27, 1969, in Portsmouth, Virginia, Oswalt primarily pursued a profession as a article writer, and also proved helpful being a paralegal before executing his first open-mike gig on the Washington, D.C., membership Garvin’s in the summertime of 1988. He started his professional standup profession the following season and in 1992 relocated to SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, carrying on to hone his build in nightclubs. After collaborating with fellow comedian Blaine Capatch on Meals for Thought, some short movies for the wire network Humor Central, Oswalt resolved in LA in 1995, functioning as a article writer on Fox’s fledgling sketch plan Mad Television and showing up on HBO Humor Display. In 1996, he produced his feature film debut with a short role within the humor flop Down Periscope. Ensemble simply because nerdy Spence Olchin within the long-running CBS sitcom The Ruler of Queens in 1998, Oswalt proved helpful together with veteran standups Kevin Adam and the fantastic Jerry Stiller, solidifying his increasing profile via jobs within the features Magnolia, Man in the Moon, and Zoolander. In 2003, he also expanded in to the globe of comic books, composing the DC one-shot JLA: Thanks for visiting the Functioning Week. Oswalt’s debut standup LP, Feelin’ Kinda Patton, made an appearance on Michael Penn and Aimee Mann’s United Music artists imprint in 2004. The indie rock and roll fanzine Chunklet also released an unedited and unexpurgated two-disc edition of the same efficiency as 222. In nov 2004 Oswalt teamed with Zach Galifianakis, Brian Posehn, and Maria Bamford because the Comedians of Humor, a collective that eschewed traditional standup night clubs and only indie rock locations. An attribute film documenting their tour implemented in 2005, as do a six-episode Humor Central series. In 2007, Oswalt made an appearance in several voice acting jobs, including Jim within an bout of SpongeBob SquarePants and Rémy, the superstar from the Pixar film Ratatouille. In 2007 he released Werewolves and Lollipops, with My Weakness Is certainly Strong following in ’09 2009. Finest Hour found its way to 2011, with Patton finding “The Magic of Sweatpants.” Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Period implemented in 2014 and centered on the highs and low of parenting with paths like “I Am an excellent Father” and “I Am a horrible Father,” respectively. In Apr 2016, Oswalt debuted a fresh humor special, Speaking for Clapping, the name referencing an infamous saving of the intoxicated John Wayne providing a conversation at an ROTC function in the past due ’60s. Tragically, the standup unique debuted just times before Oswalt’s wife, article writer Michelle McNamara, passed away unexpectedly at age 46. Speaking for Clapping continued to earn an Emmy Award for Greatest Writing for an assortment Unique, and in Sept 2016, it had been released as an recording by A Unique Thing Records.
Full Name Patton Oswalt
Height 1.61 m
Profession Voice Actor, Author, Film producer, Screenwriter, Television producer, Stand-up comedian
Education College of William & Mary, Broad Run High School
Awards Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series, Shorty Award for Best Comedian
Music Songs Noble Beast, An Inspiring Haight Street Story, Gay Prom, The DMV and the Post Office, The Worst Show I've Ever Done, Parents and Pills, Movies and Men and Women and Birth, My Little Pony, The Silver Balloon, Less and Less Radical, My Dumb Brain, You Will Hate Your President, Mei-Mei's Hair
Albums Talking for Clapping
Nominations WGA Award for Best Comedy/Variety - Music, Awards, Tributes - Specials - Television, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor, Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Humor, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Movies Ratatouille, Young Adult, Big Fan, The Circle, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Blade: Trinity, Keeping Up with the Joneses, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, Nerdland, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, The Comedians of Comedy, Patton Oswalt: My Weakness Is Strong, Balls of Fury, The Informant!, Sex and Death 101, No Reason to Complain, Reno 911!: Miami, Magnolia, Nature Calls, The Confirmation, Failure to Launch, Observe and Report, Zoolander, Man on the Moon, Freaks of Nature, Odd Thomas, All Roads Lead Home, Your Friend the Rat, Calendar Girls, Zig Zag, Dude Bro Party Massacre III, Jason Nash Is Married, Desperate But Not Serious, See This Movie, Blood into Wine, Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie, Cake Boy: A Film by Joe Escalante, Taxi, The Loneliest Stoplight, Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously, Comedians of Comedy: Live at the Troubadour, Chronic-Con, Episode 420: A New Dope, FML, Lemonade War, Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, Werewolves and Lollipops, The Comedians of Comedy: Live at the El Rey, The Sophisticated Misfit, The Best of Comedy Central Presents 2, Platinum Comedy Series: Vol. 4: Jeff Dunham, Largo
TV Shows The King of Queens, The Goldbergs, United States of Tara, Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, The Heart, She Holler, Mystery Science Theater 3000, BoJack Horseman, WordGirl, We Bare Bears, A.P. Bio, Neighbors from Hell, Dimension 404, Robotomy, Best Week Ever, Emeril Live, Spider-Man, Comedians of Comedy, Amazing Screw-On Head
His father's ancestry is German, English, Irish, and Scottish. His maternal grandfather, Peter Nicholas Runfola, was of Italian/Sicilian descent, and his maternal grandmother, Mary Cecilia Brennan, was of Irish ancestry.
Is a big movie buff, especially of classic and noir films. During a period from the mid-to-late 90s he grew addicted to watching films and would go to the theater almost daily. This is chronicled in his book, Silver Screen Fiend.
Is a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.
Daughter, Alice Rigney Oswalt, born April 15, 2009.
Was considered for the role of "Albert Brennaman" in Hitch (2005).
Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
2nd place awards
2nd place awards
Award shared with
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
Best Supporting Actor
Young Adult (2011)
3rd place awards
3rd place awards
Award shared with
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA
Best Supporting Actor
Young Adult (2011)
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[on a particularly low moment in his stand-up comic career] I never really gave up on Surrey, it gave up on me - before I got there.
(2012, on Down Periscope) I got that role right before I was hired on MADtv. They established me in the background very early on. I was over at Fox shooting this movie. I was just sitting in the background. I only had one line, which I think was partially said off-screen. And I finally went to the director and was like, "I'm sorry, but I'm going to lose this other job if you have me here for another month." And he goes, "We'll take you out in the next scene." If you watch the movie, they win the war game and everyone is clapping, and I just get up and walk down the passage. What, do I leave the sub? I don't know, but I just vanished from the movie.
(2012, on Zig Zag) I had become friends with David Goyer and he had written all these movies-man, that guy came up through the fucking ranks. You should talk to him sometime. He has the funniest "meeting Steven Segal" story I've ever fucking heard in my life. He has come up through the trenches. When he wrote Blade and finally got some cachet, he auctioned a novel that he wanted to direct called Zig Zag. It's a movie that doesn't quite work. It doesn't come together like it should. But Oliver Platt's performance is fucking awesome. It's one of those great performances in a not-great film. He plays a character called "The Toad" and holy shit, he's so good it literally hurts the movie. Because viewers are like, "Can't we just go watch him?" It's like Martin Short's character in The Big Picture. It's still a pretty good movie, but he's on such another level it makes the rest of the movie seem like a booger.
(2012, on The King Of Queens) I lucked out getting that role. That's where I learned how to act. Hanging out with Kevin James; he's just an amazing comedic actor. Especially in terms of TV acting, which is really hard to pull off in a sitcom format. Also Jerry Stiller, who is such an old pro. He would go over the lines a million times like he thought he wouldn't get it, but then he would nail it every fucking time. That's where I first met Bryan Cranston, who was a regular for a while. And Jere Burns was there. For some reason, they didn't fire me after the second season, when they were thinking about writing my character out because I was just such a shit actor. I just got to go down and watch Kevin doing his scenes and learn that way, and luckily I didn't lose the job.
(2012, on Young Adult) I went in because I'd become friends with Jason [Reitman], and we bonded over the fact that we're such movie buffs and we both own French bulldogs. So he said, "Can you come in and just read this script that we're trying to figure out, as a favor?" He did say there'd be some cold readings with three different actresses who were being considered for the lead, and I was there for each. And he kept asking me to come back, and then they had Charlize [Theron] come in, and she really wanted to do it at that point. He said, "Why don't you come back and read for this role again," and we just clicked. There was something about it, we just started making fun of each other in between the read and just got along, and he's like, "Yeah, that's it. You guys are doing it." I saw how amazing Charlize was just sitting at the table read that that's the first time that I ever hired an acting coach and really started doing the fucking work. That was a huge evolution for me because that was about the time that I was going back to see more Broadway shows, and was really getting into Breaking Bad and watching Bryan Cranston. And I realized all these actors that I really liked are the types where they're like, "Let's just get the highlighter pen and do the fucking work and make this great." That's so much what Charlize was about. "Let's do the work and make it great." So I thought, "I'm going to show up with the work fucking done and ready to go." I have some projects coming up where it's like, "Here's your script; you better go sit down with your coach and be ready." And I'm so glad that Young Adult gave me that experience.
(2012, on A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) I was in New York doing something. Or maybe it was Chicago. But I got a call asking if I wanted to go to Detroit and film one really fun scene where I was a Santa Claus selling weed. I knew the writers. So I just said yeah. I blew the second 3-D puff of pot smoke in film history. Someone needs to add that to my Wikipedia.
Based on my own experience, when you're going through adolescence you don't know how the world works. You can't set a story in the world you live in because you don't know what a utility bill is, or how to budget your paycheck. So you either set it in a zombie apocalypse, a wasteland or a spaceship. I think which one you choose decides the adult you become.
Observational comedy with literary references and colorfully verbose language