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Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life From an Addiction to Film

Patton Oswalt
In Conversation With Writer and Director Matt Oswalt
Friday, January 23, 2015
Episode Summary

Oswalt—comedian, actor, social media genius—illuminates the story of his early days of the comedy scene in Los Angeles and his unshakeable addiction to the New Beverly Cinema. From Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast to Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, the bestselling author of Zombie Spaceship Wasteland chronicles his coming of age from fledgling stand-up at the Largo to self-assured sitcom actor. Oswalt’s witty prose proves that funny is just as fit for the page as it is the stage.

Participant(s) Bio

Patton Oswalt is the author of the New York Times bestseller Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. He has released five TV specials, and five critically acclaimed comedy albums, including two Grammy-nominated releases, My Weakness Is Strong and Finest Hour. Oswalt has also appeared on many television shows and in more than twenty films, including Young Adult, Big Fan, and Ratatouille. Oswalt was the host of the 29th Independent Spirit Awards and the 18th Annual Webby Awards. He lives in Los Angeles.

Matt Oswalt is a writer and director who took his talents writing sketches for Nickelodeon and created the very NSFW and dark web series Puddin’ starring Eddie Pepitone. Having accompanied his brother Patton on numerous outings to the New Beverly over the years, from a double feature of Withnail and I/ Get Carter to a haunting screening of Salò that left them both shaken, he not only witnessed firsthand but got caught up in his brother's obsession with film.