Interview: Patton Oswalt

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Patton OswaltLet’s get those obligatory project plugs out of the way, by stating, right off the bat, starting with the new Pixar film, Ratatouille, for which Patton Oswalt voices the main character, which also happens to be easily one of the best films I’ve seen, all year. Oswalt’s new comedy CD, Werewolves and Lollipops, meanwhile, is without a doubt the funniest new comedy CD I’ve heard in the last twelve months.

As it turns out, we didn’t actually talk to Oswalt much about either project. As is the nature of The Daily Cross Hatch, we opted instead to geek out, comic book-style, discussing Brian Michael Bendis, Oswalt’s post-rat voice-over work, and what Leonardo DiCaprio might be doing hanging out at cons. And oh yeah, we snuck in the obligatory question about the comedian’s comic geek pilot, Super Nerds. That part didn’t go over too well…

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The Daily Rock Hatch: Shortstack

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Shortstack

In which members of the rock community tearfully reveal their geeky comic obsessions, beneath their hardened irony-based exoskeleton.

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The Daily Rock Hatch: The Posies’ Ken Stringfellow

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Ken Stringfellow

In which members of the rock community tearfully reveal their geeky comic obsessions, beneath their hardened irony-based exoskeleton.

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The Daily Rock Hatch: Ragni

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 Ragni

In which members of the rock community tearfully reveal their geeky comic obsessions, beneath their hardened irony-based exoskeleton.

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The Daily Rock Hatch: Annuals

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Annuals

In which members of the rock community tearfully reveal their geeky comic obsessions, beneath their hardened irony-based exoskeleton.

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Comics’ Comics: Patton Oswalt Interviewed

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Patton OswaltI had grand plans for our Patton Oswalt interview, I really did. I’d known that Oswalt was a fan of comic bookery (as well as a handful of other socially unacceptable hobbies likely to land one’s head in a flushing toilet) for some time. However, it wasn’t until a few months back that I realized how far the comedian was willing to ride his fandom. It was through the magic of YouTube, searching late one night for Oswalt’s justifiably infamous Robert Evans standup routine (thank God someone finally took Brian Dennehy down a few pegs) that I stumbled upon Super Nerds*.

The half-hour episode costars Mr. Show’s Brian Posehn, who, along with Oswalt, form the titular geeks. Set entirely in a comic shop, the failed Comedy Central pilot essentially involves Oswalt and Posehn (as Leslie and Gayle, respectively) sitting around the store, making sarcastic quips about the lives of outsiders. Sarah Silverman pops up as well, as a hot, comic-obsessed former geek. When she name-checks Eightball, I get tingles in places that I didn’t know were tingleable.

The plan was to do a big piece on Super Nerds, and like, you know, totally blow everybody’s minds and stuff. We asked Oswalt if he might be able to shed some light on the storied history of the legendary lost nerd relic. His response?

Well, we shot the pilot and Comedy Central passed. I wish there was more intrigue than that, but that’s what happens 90% of the time.

So um, yeah. We just cut our losses, and sent him a tailor-made version of The Daily Rock Hatch question set. Enjoy.

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The Daily Rock Hatch: Rob Crow

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Rob Crow

In which members of the rock community tearfully reveal their geeky comic obsessions, beneath their hardened irony-based exoskeleton.

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The Daily Rock Hatch: The Huxtables

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In which members of the rock community tearfully reveal their geeky comic obsessions, beneath their hardened irony-based exoskeleton.
The Huxtables

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The Daily Rock Hatch: Tigers and Monkeys

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The Daily Rock Hatch: Tigers and Monkeys

In which members of the rock community tearfully reveal their geeky comic obsessions, beneath their hardened irony-based exoskeleton.

Tigers and Monkeys

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