Patton Oswalt: My Weakness Is Strong (DVD / CD Combo)
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As a comedian, Patton has released three TV specials and, as of this writing, two critically acclaimed albums. Currently a series regular on Showtime's United States of Tara, he has also appeared as a guest star on The Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central and on Flight of the Conchords on HBO. He's a regular contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Real Time with Bill Maher and Lewis Black's Root Of All Evil. Patton will also appear in Steven Soderbergh's feature film The Informant and Observe and Report with Seth Rogen. Patton provided the voice for Remy, the rat, in Pixar's Oscar winning Ratatouille. He's also appeared in more then 20 films, including Magnolia, The Informant, Starsky and Hutch and Reno 911!: Miami. On TV he played Spence on The King of Queens on CBS for nine seasons, as well as appearing on Seinfeld, Reaper, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job!
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I've been a comedy fan since the 70's so I'm old and I know what I like/don't like. I have come to find that when my beloved favorite comedians find love/children, their acts circle the drain. I don't begrudge them happiness as people but it really screws with the funny.
This special is far more into the love/children/personal demons area than I like. Oswalt tries to snark it up but it doesn't always work. Far too often I found myself saying "oh, gee...Patton is depressed?...." or "really, he took acid?..." and hurting for him rather than finding the follow up humor funny. He's a winsome guy, painfully bright and I missed the balls-to-the-wall bitter insight.
That being said, second rate Patton is better than anything else out there right now. If he toured the midwest I'd drive many hundreds of miles to see a show. I appreciate that he makes so much of his work available. And I'm a completist so it is worth it to me to have it ALL.
Oswalt is a master of wordplay and I can't hear things like "a sheetcake of victory" enough. There were a lot of laughs on this DVD. I hope he can wrest himself out of the domesticity issues to tease apart his act from his home life in the future. I need my Patton a little sharper edged.
The extras are pretty funny and Patton clearly has friends who will do anything for him (Jon Hamm!)
Close, but not quite. Most would agree that 2007's Werewolves and Lollipops was as good as it got from Mr. Chucklestein, but this Comedy Central Special still features a lot of laughs and some great video content. Patton has a dearth of new experiences as he is awaiting the birth of his daughter Alice, (apparently his wife's X-Men ploy worked,) and the included CD will give you a couple of bits that didn't make it onto the Special. On the whole, I really enjoyed "Obama" (We only need go back 10 years to blow the past's mind,) "Sky Cake" (How the eternal reward of pastries shaped civilization,) and his amazing story of the sadness of Magic Comedy that ends the piece.
The bonus features are a great nod to those who live in Patton's world, (if you don't know who Tommy Wiseau is before you purchase the DVD, look him up real quick...) and the slideshow that is featured at the end references a former item on his website (now gone) in which a guy turned each of the previous Oswalt albums into a birthday party for his friend, making Patton's pop culture references physical gifts. Kind of strange without the context, but there y'go!
All in all, you won't go wrong purchasing this DVD, especially with the value of the added CD. Just make sure that you're able to pick up his other work as well.
It would have been nice if the CD was different audio from the DVD, but the set seems to be identical. The DVD has 2 interesting extras but not a lot of content outside the standup. Also it would have been interesting for him to bundle in something for people who wanted to see his new "Big Fan" movie. Over all, legendary comedy cd and dvd, a definite add to any collection. 5 out of 5 despite the small gripes