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Creator: Patton Oswalt
Pictured: A drunken halfling
"Bring forth my doom-spawn from your stink crevice and prove the Gypsy wrong!"
Patton Oswalt's way of telling an audience that his wife is pregnant.

Hobbit-like stand-up comic, born January 27, 1969, known for his "nerd-philosopher" comedic style, and working with fellow alternative comedians such as Brian Posehn, David Cross, Zach Galifiniakis, Maria Bamford, and Blaine Capatch.

Significant Roles:


This comedian's material contains examples of the following tropes:

  • The Alcoholic: Tends to be drunk on his comedy albums, and often does bits about drinking and being drunk.
    "REFILL THE FLAGON OF CHUCKLES!"
  • Apocalypse Wow: One bit about how much cooler people who died in the apocalypse would be compared to those that died more mundane deaths in heaven.
  • The Atoner: After a lifetime of making fun of and sneering at people who wear sweatpants in public, he had a kid. Suddenly he totally understood, and dedicated a bit to how wonderful they are.
  • Awful Wedded Life: His take on the Stella Doro commercial couple.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comparison: Brilliantly done in this series of tweets.
  • Berserk Button: Plagiarism. In 2010 he had bits of his stolen by both an upstart comedian and a Columbia University valedictorian. Internet based smackdowns ensued. Also, do not call him a "sad clown."
    • Also, don't interrupt his set - you might find yourself on the receiving end of an Overly-Long Gag if you do.
  • Big Fat Future: A side joke in his bit about time-traveling to visit himself 10 years ago and what his past reaction would be.
    "Look, you can't eat fried rice for breakfast every day."
  • Black Comedy: Quite often.
    • A particular example is his "Uncle Touchy's Naked Puzzle Basement" song: "You won't wear a shirt and you'll cry."
    • And who can forget this line from his Stella D'oro Breakfast Treats joke:
    "Your twat smells like a baby's coffin!"
  • Call Back: To his infamous KFC bowls bit below. The president of KFC actually commented on it and attempted to defend the product, and he made a whole second bit out of it.
  • De Fictionalization: The ridiculous list of food offered in his Black Angus bit? A fan had the entire menu served up for a friend's bachelor party.
    • Also included a gravy pipe, and a name tag with "Peaches" written on it for the bachelor. No word on whether the doors were locked from the outside.
  • Heavy Meta: Has a few bits about stand-up comedy, including one famous bit where he reenacts a heroin addict's open mic act.
    • In Werewolves and Lollipops, he starts off by making fun of comedians who brag how "edgy" they're going to be in their act and then proceed to do the same tired material that's been done 100 times.
    • His story about headlining a week of gigs in Canada early in his career as chronicled in his book Zombie Spaceship Wasteland is all about this.
    • In his Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time special, he recounts being hired by a casino to do a gig for an insane amount of money, and due to the incredibly inebriated state of his crowd, didn't manage to tell ONE JOKE in his 30 minute set, and STILL received a wild standing ovation at the end.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Brian Posehn.
  • "Just Joking" Justification: With a bit of Lampshade Hanging and Refuge in Audacity thrown in.
    "Yeah, boo robot I just made up!"
  • Lull Destruction: Lampshaded in "Wackity Schmackity Doo." He relates how script doctoring for animated movies usually involves this, and shows the absurdity of it by applying it to The Holocaust and the destruction of the World Trade Center.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Oswalt deconstructs the lyrical dissonance of "Christmas Shoes" by New Song in this comedy skit.
  • Mistaken for Racist: Discusses in Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time how his toddler daughter, after seeing a black man while at Starbucks, yelled "Monkey"! Turns out she was referring to Rafiki from The Lion King.
  • Moral Guardians: Not that he is one; he just hates them. He even has a sequence about how replacing 'adult' words with euphemisms results in a sentence even creepier than the original note  (see it under Narrative Profanity Filer, below).
  • Narrative Profanity Filter: "I'm gonna fill your hoo-ha with goof juice!"
  • Nostalgia Filter: Mocks this when discussing how his Whole Foods friends kept telling him to have a home birth because "that's how the pioneers did it". He says that it wasn't that great back then, and if they're going to say that, they might as well go all the way and have the baby outside, with their 9 other children, 5 of which will die of the rickets.
  • Overly-Long Gag: Tends to combine this with Genius Bonus for some truly hilarious bits; ie. his bit about the Apocalypse. His impression of Dr. Pepper the heroin addict comedian goes on for quite a while. The audience gives a big applause towards the end, assuming that he's reached the punchline, but it keeps going.
  • Pet Homosexual: Mocked in Finest Hour.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The track "Wackity Schmackity Doo!" on Werewolves And Lollipops, where he talks about adding jokes to footage of the Holocaust and 9/11.
  • Self-Deprecation: He frequently says that he looks like a lesbian.
    • Take a look at the description of Randy Tugman (in his roles list) again.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Intellectual alternative comedy peppered with swear words.
  • Take That:
    • Patton is NOT a fan of Yoshinoya Beef Bowl, ending his 2008 BlizzCon performance with a hilarious diatribe asserting that the chain must be a front for heroin distribution.
    • And if he had a Time Machine, he would travel back to the mid-nineties and kill George Lucas with a shovel.
    • One of his hallmark bits is a takedown on KFC's Famous Bowls.
    • His mocking of Black Angus Steakhouse's ads for its hearty meals actually won him the lead for Ratatouille; Brad Bird loved the way Oswalt talked in hilarious detail about the smorgasbord of food in that routine.
    "I'll suck a cock on the Golden Gate Bridge before I serve you any mixed greens, buddy!"
    • He outright calls NPR unlistenable, noting that racist, fascist conservative talk radio seems to have taken all the rock music, leaving NPR with boring jazz music and/or weird foreign stuff.
  • They Fight Crime: His bit about Barack Obama and Joe Biden when they first came into office.
  • Tone Shift: Throughout his book Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. More of a collection of essays vice a straight narrative, some of them autobiographical (working in a movie theater as a teen, recalling his schizophrenic uncle), some just silly and goofy (a fake collection of old hobo songs, a more realistic wine menu), some a mix. The tone shift from the humor you'd expect from him to some dead serious and often depressing chapters can be disconcerting, especially if you just went in for the funny.
    • The story from his early career about a week of gigs he did in Canada manages to cover the entire spectrum.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: Lampshaded heavily. Will often make an obscure reference in his act, then start topping himself, ie, making references to H.P. Lovecraft and This Mortal Coil, then end up talking about Frank Belknap Long. He lampshades the trope on one album, laughing about how he's expecting the audience to know such obscure references. He makes another obscure reference and pretends to bomb.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: Most of his "old hobo songs" in his book Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. (In the audiobook version, they're actually sung with accompanying instrumentation)
    Got a pecker made-a cigarettes
    And eight dead wives
    My ass is full of soup
    - Opening lyrics of “Squirrel House Christmas”

The New MonkeesCreator/Warner Bros. RecordsTom Petty
Dara O BriainRecorded and Stand-Up ComedyRussell Peters
Emily OsmentActorsPeter O'Toole
Patrick WarburtonVoice ActorsPaul Dobson

alternative title(s): Patton Oswalt
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