Patton Oswalt knows exactly what you are thinking but unlike most people, he’s not afraid to say it. Each track on his new comedy album, Finest Hour, is full of ideas that are in the back of everyone’s mind, but the only soul brave enough to say it aloud on stage is Oswalt. The comic brings everyday issues of Weight Watchers, sweatpants, strippers, and spam (in no particular order) to an entirely new level that will keep you gigging to yourself at work, school, and even in the shower.
Recorded live in Seattle, Oswalt performs his stand up bits in detail to paint the perfect image in your head. It lets your imagination picture the comedian and the different characters that he is creating live on a stage.
The comedy veteran uses his fourth album to compare himself to strippers, talk about the Holy Bible, sing, create a fake movie trailer with Jennifer Aniston and a monkey, and spread the joy of wearing sweatpants.
“I want to apologize to anybody that I ever made fun of for wearing sweatpants in public,” he says. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry, they’re a miracle. I thought that the pinnacle of mankind would be a Mars colony or teleportation. Nope. Sweatpants!”
In one bit he mentions how his mother didn’t feed him every time he cried has a child.
“I didn’t feed you and you turned out just fine,” he said while imitating his mother. “I wanted to say, ‘No, I didn’t, I’m a fat comedian, I’m OCD, and I get up in front of strangers and talk about my dick.”
But who would have thought that talking about your dick on stage can cause fame and fortune. We can all recognize the actor’s voice as Remy, the rat, from Disney’s Ratatouille and the voices from TBS’ Neighbors From Hell. In January 2011, he also made the New York Times Best Sellers list with his first book, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. Oswalt has made an appearance in more than 20 films such as Reno 911!:Miami, The Comedians of Comedy, and Starsky and Hutch. As a comic Oswalt has made four different television specials, including My Weakness Is Strong, which received a Grammy nomination for “Best Comedy Album.” And in 2012 Oswalt is ready to take his comedy on the road with a brand new tour.
“I’m really happy with it and I had a lot of fun putting it together and recording it,” Oswalt said on his website.
And Oswalt should be happy with his latest album because it begins with an uproar from the audience with a modest Oswalt saying, “Nothing I am going to say will live up to that.” But his 23-track comedy album and hilarious antics on stage prove that the audience’s cheers are very much deserved.
Enjoy a sample of Oswalt’s stand-up comedy, courtesy of YouTube:
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About the Author: Amy Serna is a journalism major at Sacramento State University. She loves comedy and she loves to write.