Thursday, April 18th 2013
Patton Oswalt’s ‘Star Wars’-Marvel movie
Wednesday, April 17th 2013
Patton Oswalt’s Star Wars Filibuster
NERDS ARE AMAZING
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Monday, April 15th 2013
Boston. Fucking horrible.
I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, “Well, I’ve had it with humanity.”
But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.
But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.
But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.
So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.„
Patton Oswalt (on Facebook)
Tuesday, June 26th 2012
Reviews for Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty by Harris Wittels
“Harris Wittels is a hilarious performer and writer and with this book he has coined a new term for that thing that drives us crazy. But honestly, I don’t know how I feel about this whole thing. It makes me nervous.” -Amy Poehler
“Great, Harris. This is a really good use of your time.” -Mindy Kaling, comedian and NYT bestselling author of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
“HUMBLEBRAG: The Art of False Modesty is an amazing assembly of hilariousness and an anthology of heartbreaking insecurity. Enjoy it-but don’t forget how sad it is.” -Sarah Silverman, comedian and New York Times bestselling author of The Bedwetter
“I haven’t read this, and never intend to, but Harris is my friend, so I feel obligated to give him a ‘blurb’ for his book. He’s a funny writer…I’m sure it’s not that bad.” -Aziz Ansari, comedian, NBC’s Parks and Recreation
“I can’t believe they asked me of all people to blurb a bestselling book! Weird.” -Bill Simmons, ESPN columnist and New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Basketball
“So weird to be asked to write a blurb for this amazing book when they passed over Alec Baldwin, Bono and The Pope. Like I’m ANYWHERE near as important as those guys. I mean, I DO have more Twitter followers than Baldwin. Oh well.” -Patton Oswalt, comedian and New York Times bestselling author of Zombie Spaceship Wasteland
“Since the dawn of man, bragging has been evolving, growing more elusive and resilient. Thank you, Harris Wittels, for identifying the new strain, the “humblebrag.” Humanity is forever in your debt. -Ezra Koenig, lead singer of Vampire Weekend
Monday, May 21st 2012
Wednesday, May 16th 2012
Nevermind first hovered into view, for me, in the bleak, early months of 1992. And it didn’t drop-kick my head anywhere new or change my landscape - I did that myself, in my daily situation, moving to San Francisco to further pursue comedy.
But what it did do, subconsciously, hearing it as ambient music on long road trips or in dive bars after my shows, was reassure me I was making the right choice. Because Cobain and Co. didn’t make being young and confused and dumped-on sound fun - in fact, they assured you your situation righteously sucked. But they also showed you that you could take your rage and frustration and make them loud, and at least annoy other people until you worked your shit out. The sonic portal they opened led me to a bleak, beautiful musical landscape populated by Tad and Alice in Chains and the Velvet Underground and the Pixies and Killing Joke and all of these other bands I’d missed whie Roxette was being blasted into my skull at every strip-mall comedy club I was floundering in.
And hovering over this lurching, post-adolescent landscape, like a sullen angel, was Juliana Hatfield, who sang, on her song “Nirvana”: “Now I’ve got Nirvana in my head / I’m so glad I’m not dead…”
- Patton Oswalt: What Nevermind Means To Me - Spin, August 2011