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Patton Oswalt: Annihilation (2017)

Patton Oswalt, despite a personal tragedy, produces his best standup yet. Focusing on the tribulations of the Trump era and life after the loss of a loved one, Oswalt continues his journey to contribute joy to the world.

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Bobcat Goldthwait

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Patton Oswalt
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Patton Oswalt, despite a personal tragedy, produces his best standup yet. Focusing on the tribulations of the Trump era and life after the loss of a loved one, Oswalt continues his journey to contribute joy to the world.

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17 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Пэттон Освальт: Уничтожение See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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$400,000 (estimated)
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Marlowe Productions See more »
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Patton Oswalt was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series category for Patton Oswalt: Annihilation (2017), but lost to John Mulaney for John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (2018). See more »

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Patton Oswalt: It's chaos. Be kind. ~ Michelle Eileen McNamara
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References All the President's Men (1976) See more »

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written by M. Ward (as Matthew Stephen Ward)
performed by M. Ward
published by Kobalt Music Services America, Inc. (KMSA)
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courtesy of Merge Records by arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Oswalt on Trump, a bar fight, G-rated porn descriptions, and the nightmare of being a widower
18 October 2017 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

With Patton Oswalt: Annihilation - aka, here's what life is like in 2017 - I'm not sure if I've seen a stand-up comedy special end on such a stark, philosophical note since Carlin's Jammin' in New York (which was, you know, about how to let go of the world itself). Oswalt's genius is taking us through such a horrible tale like becoming a widower - and, yes, one knows logically he's done this material in other clubs and venues, but not for a second do we doubt he's only barely holding himself together on stage as he tells us and the Chicago audience about telling his daughter her mother is dead - while still weaving in enough jokes that the line between a usual bit with set-up and payoff and simply... laying it all out for us, is blurred.

It's also not *all* about the "I'm-now-a-Widower" state he's in, as he also riffs wonderfully on Trump (just enough that it doesn't get tired), a fight outside a triangle of bars that had an epic, DC/Marvel superhero event quality in the weirdest way possible (at least to how I saw it), and what happens if you want to pitch a G-rated kids movie but using porn descriptions. Hell, he does crowd work at one point - I have to think part of that was the conscious level of, 'well, how in god's name to I transition into "my wife is dead" material', but at the same time it feels like he's being doing it forever - and this is the first I can remember seeing him do it that didn't involve a heckler, and it's all in a warm, mocking spirit.

There are a handful of times that I can think a joke didn't land *quite* as hard as Oswalt meant to, but I could care less; this is his most outstanding work since 2009, and the piece about the late Mrs Oswalt, Michelle McNamara, is among the great pieces I've ever seen in a stand-up special. It goes beyond stand-up into that achingly painful terrain Lenny Bruce mined decades ago.


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