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Patton Oswalt (born January 27, 1969) is an Americanmarker stand-up comedian, writer and actor.

Personal life

Oswalt was born in Portsmouthmarker, Virginiamarker, to Carla and Larry J. Oswalt. He grew up in Sterling, Virginiamarker and is a 1987 graduate of Broad Run High Schoolmarker in Ashburn, Virginiamarker. He attended the College of William and Marymarker, where he majored in English and was initiated into the Alpha Theta Chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.

Oswalt married writer Michelle McNamara, on September 24, 2005. Their daughter, Alice Rigney Oswalt, was born in April 2009.

In a 2007 Wired interview, he says he has returned to playing Dungeons & Dragons because "It's a benign way to have a midlife crisis that doesn't involve sports cars."


Oswalt first began performing standup comedy in the late 1980s or early 1990s, by his own reckoning.

After writing for MADtv and starring in his own 1997 comedy special for HBO, he went on to garner notable roles in films and television shows. His most prominent and long-running role was as Spence Olchin on The King of Queens. His first starring film role was as the voice of Rémy, the lead character in the 2007 Pixar film Ratatouille. He has also appeared in smaller roles in such films as Magnolia and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. He lent his voice as in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as a caller on the WTCR show "The Tight End Zone", and was the voice of a caller on "Chatterbox" on LCFR in the PlayStation Portable game Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. He was also the voice of a reporter on "New World Order", a radio show on VCPR in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

Oswalt wrote the comic book JLA: Welcome to the Working Week, a backup story in Batman #600, a story for Dwight T. Albatross's The Goon Noir #01 and a story for Masks: Too Hot for TV. Expanding his voice artist repertoire, he began voicing the villainous character "Tobey" on PBS Kids GO! series WordGirl in 2007.

In July 2006, Oswalt's comic script Fruit Pies! was turned into a short film available at YouTube and MySpace. He also appeared on the Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner. In August 2007, he appeared on the Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav. In 2007, he appeared on an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, "The Original Fry Cook", as Jim. He also appears as Carl, the Corndog Hut's mascot in American Hi-Fi's music video for "Another Perfect Day". He also appears in an Episode of Static Shock. On June 27, 2007, Oswalt was a special guest on the Emeril Live program on the Food Network to promote Ratatouille.

Most recently, Oswalt has had the dramatic lead in Robert D. Siegel's directorial debut, Big Fan. He also appeared on an episode of Venture Bros. as an aging boy adventurer and Robin parody with an eating disorder and abandonment issues gained from his superhero partner dropping him from the team.

Stand-up comedy

Patton with a fan in Seattle in 2008.
Oswalt's stand-up comedy covers topics ranging from pop culture frivolity such as comic book supervillains and 1980s glam metal to deeper societal issues like American excess, materialism, Mesopotamian cuneiform script, foreign policy and religion.

In 2004, Oswalt released a comedy album entitled Feelin' Kinda Patton and later that year a longer, unedited version of the same performance entitled 222, both through the United Musicians collective, and a stand-up special No Reason to Complain. He is also on a split EP called Patton vs. Alcohol vs. Zach vs. Patton with Zach Galifianakis and is featured on two Un-Cabaret compilations, "The Un & Only" and "The Good, the Bad and the Drugly". On July 10, 2007, Patton released his second CD Werewolves and Lollipops on Sub Pop records.

In 2004, Oswalt put together the Comedians of Comedy tour, made up of modern alt-comics Zach Galifinakis, Brian Posehn and Maria Bamford. The tour performed at smaller, more intimate indie rock venues instead of traditional (and expensive) comedy clubs. The Fall 2004 tour was documented in a 2005 film of the same name, and was followed by a six-episode Comedy Central series based on the Summer 2005 tour. This tour featured special guest appearances from comedians such as Blaine Capatch, David Cross, Bobby Tisdale and Todd Barry. Subsequent incarnations of the tour have included Eugene Mirman and Morgan Murphy.

Oswalt appeared as a lawyer in Lewis Black's Root of All Evil. At the 2008 BlizzCon, he provided the stand-up comedy for the ending ceremony.

On February 26, 2009, Patton recorded his third comedy album at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington Universitymarker in Washington D.C. It premiered on Comedy Central as Patton Oswalt: My Weakness is Strong on August 23, 2009, and was released on DVD August 25, 2009.




Compilation Album Appearances


  • No Reason to Complain (DVD) (2004)
  • My Weakness Is Strong! (DVD) (2009)

DVD Appearances


Stand-up specials

  • HBO Half Hour Comedy Hour (1997)
  • Comedy Central Presents (1999)
  • No Reason to Complain (2004)
  • My Weakness is Strong (2009)

TV appearances

Voice acting appearances



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