In this political/social climate, why is comedy more important now than ever before?
Patton: Because without it, blood demons will come and take our children.
You're a self-described comic-book nerd. Any idea where our mascot, Sylvester E. Smythe, came from?
Smythe is the result of a drunken tryst between Diana Dors and Charles Starkweather.
On Amazon.com' "Listomania!," "The Definitive Patton Oswalt List" was written by the person who also wrote "The Definitive Korean Film Guide," "The Definitive Steven Seagal Guide" and "The Definitive Grindcore Guide." Does that frighten you? Or does it somehow make sense?
Seeing as my parents are Koreans who worked for Steven Seagal in the capacity of house servants who would, daily, grind his fresh Polish sausage breakfast, it makes perfect sense.
Did driving through all those small middle-American towns on the Comedian of Comedy tour remind you of the small northern Virginia town where you grew up?
Yes. They also made me retreat back into the same "safe room" I invented in my head when I was growing up there.
Did you conceptualize the COC tour to bring a different kind of comedy to new audiences, or because you wanted to fight against being "the most suburban boring guy on the planet?"
I did it for the children. But only the Asian ones.
By traveling with them so much, what are some new things you learned about Zach, Brian and Maria?
They are the worst cuddle-party threesome on the planet.
Now that the show is on Comedy Central, are you worried that COC will get so popular that the drunks and ignorant people you were trying to avoid at the mainstream comedy clubs will start showing up at performances?