Chubby charmer Patton Oswalt is out with an extended, uncensored CD/DVD Combo pack of his April 6 Comedy Central stand-up, Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, and it’s a winner. Oswalt, all over the place, what with a raft of movie and television guest shots—everything from my own favorites, Justified and Portlandia, to Young Adult and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, has become a comic to be reckoned with. Witness the standing ovation from the San Diego audience as he walks on stage before he even opens his mouth, and truth to tell his set deserves it.
His material is top of the line and he works it with the ease and confidence of the polished professional he is. True, he does devote some time to self-deprecating gags about his physical appearance, easy pickings some would argue. Nonetheless, his description of his misadventures with heroin-chic clothes designed by John Varvatos is hilarious. And, easy pickings or not, funny is what it’s all about.
In the category of artists selling out, his story of his first appearance at a Washington casino is priceless. In the category of foreign relations, he has a great riff on the German sense of humor. Then there is the adorable story of his daughter and the skeleton cartoon, which juxtaposes nicely with raunchier bits like the story of his first experience with a hooker—something for everyone.
Oswalt’s set is also available for download and the Combo pack includes an access code for one free download, in case the CD and the DVD aren’t enough.
And if all that isn’t enough for you diehard Patton Oswalt fans, you can test your smarts against the pudgy comedian in the Slate news quiz. On the other hand if you don’t want to take the chance of embarrassing yourself, check out the video clips on Comedy Central.