Patton Oswalt - Werewolves And Lollipops
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Patton Oswalt
Werewolves And Lollipops

I'll be the first to admit that I haven't reviewed very many comedy albums on this site. In fact, I can think of only one (Coyle And Sharpe's Audio Visionaries), and the main reason for that is because I honestly don't find very many comedy albums that funny. My sense of humor seems to be tickled by two different schools, the sarcastic and the absurdist. One of my all time favorites is Bill Hicks, but I've also enjoyed (albeit somewhat inconsistently) pieces from David Cross, Jim Gaffigan, and the late Mitch Hedburg (in terms of modern comics). Patton Oswalt is somewhat comparable to Cross, with a seriously sarcastic side, but also dips into obscure absurdism at times, with seemingly completely random references bumping up against everything from scatological humor to seriously nerdy moments.

The timing for the release of Werewolves And Lollipops is about as advantageous for Oswalt as it possibly can be, as he's also the voice of the lead character (Remy, the rat) in Pixar's Ratatouille. Oswalt was actually chosen for the part after Pixar writer Brad Bird heard his hilarious skit riffing on Black Angus Steakhouses from his Feelin' Kinda Patton release a couple years back and decided he was perfect for the part.

At any rate, only hardcore (and adult, as this one has the infamous Parental Advisory sticker on it) fans of that animated film will probably have the notion to search for the lead voice actor, and if they do, they're going to find another darn funny release. With twenty-two tracks running almost an hour in length, Patton tackles everything from the Kentucky Fried Chicken food bowl (one of the funniest skits on the entire release) to politics (another hilarious skit that compares the Bush administration to the Dukes Of Hazzard). On the other side of things, he rambles about what a disappointment the Star Wars prequels were to his experiences with both trying to write movies as well as "punch them up" (basically hired as a comic to make movie scripts funnier).

Super-offensive in places, Oswalt is an equal-opportunity offender, making fun of himself as often as anyone else, while also ranting about hippies, right-wingers, being married, and yes, food. It's side-splittingly funny at times, while at others it's a bit groan-inducing. Released as a CD/DVD package, the video portion of the release is essentially a video recording of an earlier stand-up show, with many of the same jokes as the audio CD in their incubation forms. It offers an interesting glimpse as the evolution of a joke and its delivery, but in large part the jokes aren't as funny as they are in their more fully-formed mode, and it ends up being more of a bonus for serious fans. If you like some of the aforementioned comics, you're probably not going to go wrong with Oswalt. He's sarcastic and a bit bitter, and throws some of the most random obscure tidbits (usually geek-related) into his act that it's hard not to be caught off-guard sometimes. One of the funnier comics working today.

rating: 7.2510
Aaron Coleman 2007-07-12 19:59:59