Patton Oswalt Biography

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"Patton Peter Oswalt" (born January 27, 1969) is an American stand-up comedian, voiceover artist and actor.

Personal life

Oswalt was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, to Carla and Larry J. Oswalt. He grew up in Sterling, Virginia and is a 1987 graduate of Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Virginia. He attended the College of William and Mary, where he majored in English and was initiated into the Alpha Theta Chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.

Oswalt married writer Michelle McNamara, on September 24, 2005. Their daughter, Alicia Rigney Oswalt, was born in April 2009.


Oswalt first began performing standup comedy in the late 1980s or early 1990s, by his own reckoning.

After writing for "MADtv" and starring in his own 1997 comedy special for HBO, he went on to garner notable roles in films and television shows. His most prominent and long-running role was as Spence Olchin on "The King of Queens". His first starring film role was as the voice of Rémy, the lead character in the 2007 Pixar film "Ratatouille". He has also appeared in smaller roles in such films as "Magnolia" and "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa". He lent his voice as in the video game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" as a caller on the WTCR show 'The Tight End Zone', and was the voice of a caller on 'Chatterbox' on LCFR in the PlayStation Portable game "Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories". He was also the voice of a reporter on 'New World Order', a radio show on VCPR in "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories".

Oswalt wrote the comic book "JLA: Welcome to the Working Week", a backup story in "Batman" #600, a story for "Dwight T. Albatross's The Goon Noir #01" and a story for "Masks: Too Hot for TV". Expanding his voice artist repertoire, he began voicing the villainous character 'Tobey' on PBS Kids GO! series "WordGirl" in 2007.

In July 2006, Oswalt's comic script "Fruit Pies!" was turned into a short film available at YouTube and MySpace. He also appeared on the Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner. In August 2007, he appeared on the Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav. In 2007, he appeared on an episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants", 'The Original Fry Cook', as Jim. He also appears as Carl, the Corndog Hut's mascot in American Hi-Fi's music video for 'Another Perfect Day'. He also appears in an Episode of "Static Shock". On June 27, 2007, Oswalt was a special guest on the "Emeril Live" program on the Food Network to promote "Ratatouille".

Stand-up comedy

Patton with a fan in Seattle in 2008.

Oswalt's stand-up comedy covers topics ranging from pop culture frivolity such as comic book supervillains and 1980s glam metal to deeper societal issues like American excess, materialism, Mesopotamian cuneiform script, foreign policy and religion.

In 2004, Oswalt released a comedy album entitled "Feelin' Kinda Patton" and later that year a longer, unedited version of the same performance entitled "222", both through the United Musicians collective, and a stand-up special "No Reason to Complain". He is also on a split EP called "Patton vs. Alcohol vs. Zach vs. Patton" with Zach Galifianakis and is featured on two Un-Cabaret compilations, 'The Un & Only' and 'The Good, the Bad and the Drugly'. On July 10, 2007, Patton released his second CD "Werewolves and Lollipops" on Sub Pop records.

In 2004, Oswalt put together the Comedians of Comedy tour, comprised of modern alt-comics Zach Galifinakis, Brian Posehn and Maria Bamford. The tour performed at smaller, more intimate indie rock venues instead of traditional (and expensive) comedy clubs. The Fall 2004 tour was documented in a 2005 film of the same name, and was followed by a six-episode Comedy Central series based on the Summer 2005 tour. This tour featured special guest appearances from comedians such as Blaine Capatch, David Cross, Bobby Tisdale and Todd Barry. Subsequent incarnations of the tour have included Eugene Mirman and Morgan Murphy.

Oswalt appeared as a lawyer in "Lewis Black's Root of All Evil". At the 2008 BlizzCon, he provided the stand-up comedy for the ending ceremony.

On February 28, 2009, Patton recorded his third comedy album at the Lisner Auditorium in Washington D.C. It premiered on Comedy Central as "Patton Oswalt: My Weakness is Strong" on August 23, 2009, and will be released on DVD August 25, 2009.



"Feelin' Kinda Patton" (2004)

"222 (Live & Uncut)" (2004)

"Werewolves and Lollipops" (2007)

"My Weakness Is Strong!" (2009)


"Patton vs. Alcohol vs. Zach vs. Patton" (2005) with Zach Galifianakis

"Melvins/Patton Oswalt split 7' (2006) with The Melvins

"Comedians of Comedy Tour 3'CD (2006)

"The Pennsylvania Macaroni Company" (2006) with Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford, and Eugene Mirman

"Frankensteins and Gumdrops" (2008) Available during the WFMU pledge drive

Compilation Album Appearances

"Beth Lapides' Un-Cabaret - ("The Good, The Bad, and the Drugly") (2006)

"Beth Lapides' Un-Cabaret - ("The Un & Only") (2002)

"Comedy Death-Ray (album) (2007)


"No Reason to Complain" (DVD) (2004)

DVD Appearances

"Rock Against Bush, Vol. 2 DVD (2004)

"The Comedians of Comedy: Live at the El Rey (2005)

"The Comedians of Comedy: Live at the Troubadour (2007)

Super High Me DVD (2007)


Stand-up specials

"HBO Half Hour Comedy Hour" (1997)

"Comedy Central Presents" (1999)

"No Reason to Complain" (2004)

"My Weakness is Strong" (2009)

TV appearances

" The Weird Al Show

"Lewis Black's Root of All Evil

"The History Channel's History of the Joke

"The King of Queens

"Reno 911!

"Tom Goes To The Mayor

"Human Giant


"Reaper (TV Series)


"VH1's Best Week Ever

"The Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner" (2006)

"The Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav" (2007)

"Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!

"Melbourne International Comedy Festival Great Debate (2008)

"United States of Tara" (2009)

"Flight of the Conchords" (2009)

"Dollhouse" (2009)

"Iron Chef America"


Voice acting appearances

"SpongeBob SquarePants"

"The Fairly OddParents (Cameo at the end of 'Big Superhero Wish')

"Kim Possible


"Aqua Teen Hunger Force

"Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist

"Home Movies (TV series)

"The Batman (TV series) as Toymaker/Cosmo Krank

"American Dad

"WordGirl (as Tobey McCallister III)


"Down Periscope" (brief cameo) (1996)

"Man on the Moon" (brief cameo) (1999)

"Magnolia" (1999)

"Zoolander" (brief cameo) (2001)

"ZigZag" (2002)

"Calendar Girls" (brief cameo) (2003)

"Taxi" (2004)

"Blade: Trinity" (2004)

"Starsky and Hutch" (2004)

"Failure to Launch" (2006)

"Reno 911!: Miami" (2007)

"Wrong Turn 2 (voice)" (2007)

"Ratatouille (voice of Remy the rat)" (2007)

"I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" (2007)

"Balls of Fury" (2007)

"Super High Me" (brief cameo) (2007)

"Sex and Death 101" (2008)

"All Roads Lead Home" (2008)

"Observe and Report" (2009)

"Big Fan" (2009)

External links

(Official website)

(Patton Oswalt) on MySpace

(Patton Oswalt) at Comedy Central

(Brand new audio interview on The Sound of Young America from PRI.)

(Interview with Oswalt from August 2006) on public radio program The Sound of Young America

(Random Rules: Patton Oswalt) a feature from The A.V. Club

(Hustler Interview: Patton Oswalt)

(IMPOSE interview)

(Note Books essay on Largehearted Boy)

(Reading John Collier's 'The Chaser' at Daytrotter)

(Interview by '')

('Getting Late' interview by Pete Dominick on Sirius Radio)


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