The Answer to the Comedic Equation is Patton Oswalt
If you don't know who Patton Oswalt is by now, sorry, you must be living a life of boredom. Lately, the multifaceted comedian has been everywhere doing everything from writing to voiceovers but at the end of the day, he's just a humbly gifted man that's super talent has made him into a household name. Without going on and on (and on and on), the bottom line here is that Oswalt fucking rules no matter what venture he is dipping his toes into. With a new special "Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time" airing on EPIX January 17th, we took the opportunity to toot his horn on his fantastic Twitter skills and to pretty much gush about how fan-boy we are about everything he does. Sorry (not sorry) folks, we sincerely love Oswalt. There, we said it.
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OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): First off, I'm a HUGE fan of "The Heart, She Holler" on Adult Swim. I have to know, when is it coming back? Please tell me it's coming back!
Patton Oswalt: Oh wow! Thanks a lot for that! I don't know when it's coming back and if it does, I feel like I'll be the last to know. Those guys kind of work on their own and keep their own counsel and then tell you right before it starts. That's kind of how it works.
Well I'll keep my fingers and toes crossed it comes back. I'm seriously in love with it. It seems like you do so much, is there an area of your craft that you love the most?
No but you know, obviously my main love is stand-up but everything that I get to do is fun to me. All of it is like, I get to start from zero so I'm never bored. I'm just very fortunate to get to have a career and a life like that.
Totally. And you're everywhere, I love that. You're so great on Twitter. How much do you personally love the banter?
[Laughs.] I think I'm OK on Twitter, there are people better than me but thank you! I like the banter but the thing with me and Twitter is, it's purely fun for me. It's fun for me to both write stuff that amuses me and then to look at people's reactions, It is just fantastic!
I also like that if the tone of a tweet back to you is misconstrued, you have no shame in admitting you're wrong.
I know, misunderstanding the tone is also what's so fun about it! [Laughs.]
How do you feel about the media publicly shaming people into apologizing for things they say on Twitter? I mean, it's all supposed to be in fun...
It depends on the person. There are some people that are such pure sociopaths, it doesn't even bother them. It's all about the, "I just attained what I wanted to get so I don't even care." The one thing that people are going to have to accept in the coming years is that there is going to be a class of people that are beyond shame. The Wall Street bankers that destroyed lives and get ten hours of sleep at night, the plagiarists that got the attention, all of the men and women that are on reality shows, they just don't care. It is truly "the end justifies the means" and there is no such thing as self-reflection or, "wait a minute, I'm being a horrible person right now! [Laughs.]