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Comedian Patton Oswalt has come a long way. From his early days opening for magicians (see track 17 on 2009's My Weakness Is Strong) to his star turn as Remy the rat in Ratatouille to jump-starting the tradition of comedians putting out albums again (this is his fifth in 10 years), Oswalt has earned a place on modern stand-up's Mt. Rushmore. In the years leading up to this recording, Oswalt got married and had a child. Rather than let domestic life slow him down, he's followed in the footsteps of peer Louis C.K. and turned it into some of his funniest material yet (on "I'm a Great Dad," he concludes, "My daughter is going to be … a slave to Thundra the Spear Mistress"). Elsewhere, Oswalt updates us on his lingering depression, flips the notion of selling out on its head, and tells the terrifying story of his experience with the world's oldest profession. Somebody carve this man's visage in stone (with a clown's nose on it, of course). 

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Not his strongest album

There is certainly funny and clever storytelling here. It is unfortunately not as memorable as previous albums. There's no way that Patton Oswalt fails here, but he does seem to have lost some esotericism. This makes the album more appealing to strangers to his work but less so to those of us who know where his mind can really go.

This pains me to say but not worth it.

I worship Patton Oswalt. I love his earlier comedy albums though his last one was not as good as the others. I bought this the moment I saw it. As a huge Patton nerd I liked hearing new material. It was an interesting talk. Note i said interesting talk but not funny comedy. On his earlier comedy albums I sometimes had to stop and take Advil
Because my laughing so hard gave me a headache. I hate to say this but I did not laugh a single time on this album. I gave it a two because he was a good conversationalist. But not a good comedian. I am a sad. Is the moral don't have kids? Don't know. His insights are interesting. But not funny. So bummed. Forgive me Patton

Worst effort

By far the least funny of all Patton's albums. It's obvious he is changed and so has his style, the real question is.. How many more albums is he going to put out like this?


Born: January 27, 1969 in Portsmouth, VA

Genre: Comedy

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Comedian Patton Oswalt translated his acerbic, defiantly absurdist sensibility into surprising mainstream success, enjoying a thriving television and film career without dulling his edge. Born January 27, 1969, in Portsmouth, Virginia, Oswalt initially pursued a career as a writer, and also worked as a paralegal before performing his first open-mike gig at the Washington, D.C., club Garvin's in the summer of 1988. He began his professional standup career the following year and in 1992 relocated to...
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