On paper, comedian Patton Oswalt doesn't seem like much. He' 5'5", has a mellow demeaner and enjoys film noir. The 36-year-old also spends many a day reading comic books, playing Dungeons & Dragons and enjoying single-malt scotch. From that, he sounds about as exciting as a contestant on Beauty & The Geek
. Oswalt even describes himself on his 2004 comedy CD, Feelin' Kinda Patton
, as "the most suburban boring guy on the planet."
While that description may be partially true, Oswalt is also one of the most exciting and unpredictable comedians today. He mixes nerd rage with a poetic sense for words and fucks with the far left as much as the far right. On his Comedy Central special, No Reason to Complain, he accuses George Bush of trying to incite the apocolypse and explains that he loves eating steak because it makes hacky-sack-playing hippies cry.
Wanting to shift live performances away from the stale comedy-club environment, Oswalt has produced a widely successful tour called The Comedians of Comedy. He and his merry band of pranksters-comedians Brian Posehn (Mr. Show, Just Shoot Me!
), Zach Galifianakis (Late World with Zach, Out Cold
) and Maria Bamford (Comedy Central Presents, Stuart Little 2
)-have been perfecting their routines across the country at music venues, theaters and even a junior high school whose motto ("Are You Strong Enough To Do What You Want To Do?") hung from a banner backstage. The tour was so successful that Comedy Central has even jumped onboard and filmed a road documentary that they're currently running as a six-part series.