Patton Oswalt is the author of the New York Times bestseller Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. He has released five TV specials and five critically acclaimed comedy albums, including two Grammy-nominated releases, My Weakness Is Strong and Finest Hour.
Oswalt has also appeared on many television shows and in more than twenty films, including Young Adult, BigFan, and Ratatouille. He lives in Los Angeles.
In January 2015 his newest book, Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film, will be released. In Oswalt’s own words, Silver Screen Fiend is “the dorkiest addiction memoir ever.” It tells the story of his early days in the comedy scene of Los Angeles. After moving to LA, he constantly hung out at the New Beverly Cinema, absorbing classics, cult hits, and new releases. The movies he views inform his notions of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships, and the colorful cast of characters he meets at the New Beverly, fill in the rest.
Silver Screen Fiend illuminates the larger history of the American comedian, offering historical context for today’s current comedic scene—and at its core, is a memoir about learning and developing a craft. Already a beloved fixture on the comedy stage, on television, and in film—not to mention his 1.8 million Twitter followers—Patton Oswalt announces, with his second book, that he’s also here to stay, on the page.
Tickets to this event will include a copy of Silver Screen Fiend. George Meyer, a producer and writer for The Simpsons, will moderate the Q&A.
Patton Oswalt’s homepage
The New York Times: Patton Oswalt: By The Book
NPR: How ‘Star Wars’ Helped Patton Oswalt Beat His Movie Addiction
Esquire: Patton Oswalt: The ESQ&A
The LA Times: Book review: ‘Zombie Spaceship Wasteland’ by Patton Oswalt
Vulture: Patton Oswalt on a Lifetime of Reading Stephen King Books