‘Lovable little fat guy’ Patton Oswalt to perform at UAA

On April 25, Patton Oswalt will perform at the UAA Wendy Williamson Auditorium. Oswalt, comedian and actor, has had his own stand-up shows on Comedy Central and HBO and has been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He has also appeared on many well-known sitcoms, “Modern Family” and “Parks and Recreation” being some of the more recent ones.

Oswalt has played leading roles in “The King of Queens” as Spence and “Ratatouille” as Remy. He has also starred in the movie “Young Adult” as Matt, where he was nominated for Critics’ Choice Award, and “Big Fan” as Paul, which premiered at Sundance and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.

Oswalt will perform at 7:30 p.m. for the second time that UAA Concert Board has brought him up to Alaska. He visited UAA previously in 2011 and the show sold out.

Oswalt has multiple comedy albums, the first being “222” in 2003. Then he released in 2004 “Feelin’ Kinda Patton,” followed by “Werewolves and Lollipops” in 2007, then “My Weakness Is Strong” in 2009 and most recently “Finest Hour” in 2011. Both “Finest Hour” and “My Weakness is Strong” were nominated for Grammy awards.

Many students have good things to say about Oswalt’s comedy.

“His type of humor? He’s not dry, just very self-deprecating humor. He’s very funny. It’s just self-deprecation. He’s hilarious. He played (in) ‘Ratatouille’ once. He’s a talented guy. I haven’t seen him do much comedy, but I think he’s hilarious,” said Jacob Mayforth, a theatrical design and production major.

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Joe James, an undeclared major, described Oswalt as “a lovable little fat man.”

On the other hand, some have issues with how much Oswalt talks about his religious beliefs or lack thereof.

“It’s really atheist-centered, and I’m not necessarily atheist so I clashed a little bit with that. It’s pretty cynical, pretty activist,” said William Jodwalus, an undeclared major.

In addition to his personal atheism, Oswalt’s comedy topics also include what religion has done for society and other topics suchs as pop culture and American social issues.


Tickets to the event are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for students and $35 in advance and $40 at the door for the general public. Tickets may be purchased at http://www.uaatix.com or at the Student Union Information Desk.