Review: Chicago Humanities Festival Presents Patton Oswalt at UIC Forum (November 7, 2015)

Patton Oswalt has an impressive resume. As an actor, he has worked on The King of Queens, Ratatouille, BoJack Horseman, and many many more projects. Even with this experience, he remains humble. “I think I’m excellent. I don’t think I’m transcendent.” He mentions Maria Bamford, Louis CK, and Chris Rock as comedians that are his idols. Tonight he is promoting his latest book, Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film.

Later on, he describes his addiction to watching films. “It was pure quantity over quality.” He would pack lunches so that he remembered to eat during his marathon sessions at his local movie theatre. To relate this to his current profession he says “With films I was a junkie but with comedy I was a pusher”.  He has managed to use his love of films in his stand up comedy about pop culture. It was a joy to listen to him talk about the world of entertainment and it’s clear that even with his success, he is still primarily a big fan.

Quinn Delaney

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