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Album Review

Turn on any deep cable channel that runs three-year-old movies — or old Kings of Queens episodes or Comedy Central Celebrity Roasts — and you'll run into the leading doughboy of cynicism, Patton Oswalt. The numerous guest spots and character actor parts the man lands are all delivered with the utmost care, but to really appreciate Patton you have to experience his standup. Werewolves and Lollipops is a masterful, and most importantly, hilarious example of how this jaw-droppingly talented comedian can craft a set that doesn't underestimate its audience. With so much venom to spit — and with all of George Carlin's "Seven Dirty Words" working overtime — there's no point easing into the opening fast-food diatribe "America Has Spoken." Oswalt doesn't bother with the usual, "how's everybody doin' tonight?" time waster. Instead, the routine mercilessly skewers a shameless fast-food industry where every fatty thing on the menu is offered in single mash, or as Oswalt puts it, "a failure pile in a sadness bowl." That the esoteric This Mortal Coil and their It'll End in Tears album gets mentioned amongst all this fried guilt is amazing and a nod to the in-the-know cult audience that has championed the comedian. Still, there's an approachable, self-deprecating side to his act that proudly declares "I'm a nerd" ("At Midnight I Will Kill George Lucas with a Shovel") and while the Bush-bashing ("Alternate Earth"), small-town bashing ("Sterling, Virginia"), and religious bashing ("I Tell a Story About Birth Control and Deal with a Retarded Heckler") has "elitist" written all over it, it tastes like sweet manna from heaven after the five-year reign of the Blue Collar Comedy crowd. There's no reason to make excuses when Oswalt is able to stream through this seemingly impossible jumble of topics effortlessly or instantly lay to waste the heckler that dares interrupt his flow. After so much "stupid is as stupid does" has flooded the standup market, it's good to feel uncompromisingly smart for a change, and even better when the material is honed to perfection. [Werewolves and Lollipops was also released with an excellent bonus DVD featuring most of the same material on the CD but from a show two months earlier. Being able to witness the act developing and reaching full potential is an extra fans will find fascinating.]

Customer Reviews

Patton is brilliant as always, but BOO to iTunes.

I purchased this CD the day it was released from iTunes. Listened, and laughed harder than I ever have in my life. Kudos to Patton for another great job. Unfortunately I can't say the same for iTunes. I found out a few days after I made my purchase that if you bought the actual CD it came with a bonus DVD of live material. iTunes did not include the bonus video. Shame on you iTunes. Now I have to go buy the real CD in stores. That's the only thing preventing me from giving this 5 stars. If you want the whole package, go to your nearest record store and buy it that way.

Because life is too short to have to suffer through Dane Cook

We got our copy a day early with neat-o stickers thanks to Sub Pop's pre-order service. After spinning 222 over and over for the past few years, it's fantastic to have some brand new Patton Oswalt in our lives. Our five year old daughter loved 'Ratatouille', but we'll obviously have to keep this part of Patton's life a closely guarded secret at least until she's nine or ten. Buy this hilarious album on CD and you get a DVD, which is sort of a slow burn, but really gets going after a while. And now, I'm off to buy some grey drapes.

Laugh-out Loud Sophomore Album.

Well, I bought this album at about 10:13 last night (iTunes put it up a little early) and listened to the whole thing. I have to say that Oswalt is one of the few comedians that can make me laugh out loud. He demonstrates a refinement that puts him a notch above Dane Cook or Larry the Cable Guy, even comparable with comedy greats such as David Cross, Mitch Hedberg, Brian Posehn, and Louis C.K. His well-placed use of gibberish, hilarious voices, and humorous observations combine to form a sophomoric laugh-fest that is this C.D. If you can't afford to invest 10 bucks in the whole thing, the best tracks are, in no particular order: America Has Spoken, Death Bed, and Cirque du Soleil, although I urge you to buy the entire thing, as it offers a more coherent vision of this madman's twisted sense of humor.


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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