Patton Oswalt

A popular fixture on the stand-up comedy circuit of the late 1990s, actor and writer Patton Oswalt later balanced mainstream acceptance on the popular sitcom "King of Queens" (CBS, 1998-2007) and the Pixar animated film "Ratatouille" (2007) with indie popularity from voice work on countless Adult Swim animated series and the Comedians of Comedy tour - a project which presented alternative-minded comics in a rock club setting. While he continued to routinely perform stand-up and release top-selling albums like "Werewolves and Lollipops" (2007) and "Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour" (2011), Oswalt appeared in a number of feature and television projects, including indie comedy-drama "Big Fan" (2009), Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant!" (2009) and Jason Reitman's "Young Adult" (2011). Throughout all of these experiences, however, Oswalt never lost his unique comic voice - a smart, politically and socially opinionated stream of consciousness - that flitted seamlessly from pop culture references to cutting observations on the social and political scene. Despite sudden tragedy when his wife of 10 years, crime writer Michelle McNamara, died unexpectedly in April 2016, Oswalt continued to work steadily in projects ranging from action comedy "Keeping Up with the Joneses" (2016) and political thriller "The Circle" (2017) as well as co-starring roles on the rebooted "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (Netflix 2017) and the darkly comic crime series "Happy!" (Syfy 2017- ).