"Bill Hicks had to make his voice heard through the amorphous, ever-shifting fog of Reagan-era comfort and complacency. Comedy club audiences in the 80’s actually thought they were being revolutionary and dangerous, listening to a sport-coated, sleeves-rolled-up comedian railing against the absurdities of airplane food, the plot holes on Gilligan’s Island and the differences between cats and dogs. Like Kurt Vonnegut’s Kilgore Trout, laying down world-saving truths in the pages of disposable stroke magazines, Bill Hicks was trying to light the way into the 21st century – on the stained-carpet stages of strip mall chuckle huts, usually following a juggler."
-Patton Oswalt in a piece he published today on his blog [...]
If there’s a name in standup that qualifies for the “needs no introduction” treatment, it’s Patton Oswalt. The man who describes himself as “America’s comedy goblin” is an A-list comic whose specials – the latest of which, Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, premieres tonight at 10pm ET on Epix and is available streaming online now via an Epix free trial – are some of the few things in the standup world that approach event viewing. Oswalt is adept at turning run-of-the-mill misanthropy into acerbic fireworks, his best known bits involving rants against KFC Famous Bowls, death beds, self-checkout machines at the grocery store, and the soul-crushing nightmare [...]
Patton Oswalt's new standup special, Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, premieres on cable network Epix January 17th, and here's the first clip from it in which Oswalt rags on the state of Florida.
Check out the forwards and backwards promos for the special below:
Here's the new Christmas episode of Matt Oswalt and Eddie Pepitone's web series, Puddin', featuring the return of guests like Patton Oswalt, Tom Lennon, Weird Al Yankovic, James Urbaniak, Jake Fogelnest, Dana Gould, and more. As expected, it's one of the darkest Christmas specials ever.