Patton Peter Oswalt (born January 27, 1969) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, and writer. He is known for his role as Spencer Olchin in the sitcom The King of Queens (1998–2007), voicing Remy in the Pixar film Ratatouille (2007), co-starring alongside Charlize Theron in Young Adult (2011), and the Koenigs on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014–2017). Oswalt has appeared in six stand-up specials and won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special and a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for his Netflix special, Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping (2016). Oswalt made his acting debut in the Seinfeld episode, "The Couch." He appeared in the superhero film Blade: Trinity (2004), starred in the comedy-drama film Big Fan (2009), and the series The Heart, She Holler (2011–2014). He currently narrates the sitcom, The Goldbergs (2013–present), as the adult Adam F. Goldberg, voiced male Jesse in the video game, Minecraft: Story Mode, stars in the 2017 revival of Mystery Science Theater 3000, voices the title character in the crime comedy series Happy! (2017–present) and co-stars as Principal Ralph Durbin on A.P. Bio (2018–present).
In the glut of comedy that exists today - with hundreds of comedy clubs, sit-coms, late-night talk shows, and podcasts - Patton Oswalt has distinguished himself over his three-decade career by being a talented actor who also happens to be very funny. Patton talks to Alec about the sudden death in 2016 of his first wife, author Michelle McNamara, how it changed his relationship with their daughter. Patton says the strength of his first marriage allowed him to “run at love” when it came a second time (he married actress Meredith Salenger in late 2017). Alec and Patton also compare notes on the deep imprint their favorite TV shows growing up have had, what Patton learned about FOMO while writing for MADtv, and why Patton started all over when he started performing at comedy clubs in San Francisco in the early 90s. Learn more about your ad-choices at
A comedian, actor, and writer, Patton Oswalt has been making people laugh professionally since his late teens. He first became known to millions as Spence on the sitcom The King of Queens, and brought the alternative comedy scene to the screen thanks to The Comedians of Comedy tour, which begat a 2005 movie produced and […]
Dave and his producers talk through their emotions about the United States’ 2020 election week and debate how the nation could move forward from this historic moment (0:00). Then, Dave and Chris sit down with comedian-actor Patton Oswalt to review the 1980 space-opera film ‘Battle Beyond The Stars’ (44:00).
In a long overdue debut on "Happy Sad Confused", the great comedian and cinephile Patton Oswalt joins Josh to geek out over his favorite B movies, his comfort movie of choice, and more!
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Jan 27th, 1969
Los Angeles, CA, USA
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3 days, 22 hours
Podchaser Creator ID logo 670866