Patton Oswalt

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Vote or Die: The Last VJ's Top Five Videos of the Week

    Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. When it comes to the art of the music video, 2014 is already starting out well. We're leaving behind the holidays and starting to work our way into the coming year of out-there cinemaudio expression. If this week's crop is any indication, it's going to be a r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    The Not So Fun Side of Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013

    Comedy = Good, Comedy Tent = Tragic It's nice to see the festival taking comedy seriously and booking big names like Tenacious D, but the area they've designated for comedy performances is far too small and does a disservice to those names. Either give the big names time on a real stage or ditch the ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 27, 2013

    The 2013 Houston Web Awards: The Best Of Online Houston

    Fox26 newscaster Isiah Carey got over his embarrassment and learned to embrace the power of social media. He’s among this year’s winners, all creative users of the latest technology.

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Keep Calm and Carry On Twittering: Social Media Returns to Form After Tragedy

    Less than 24 hours after the worst bombing on American soil since 9/11, one of my friends posted on Facebook a picture of Darth Vader riding a unicycle wearing a kilt and playing bagpipes. I scroll through my Twitter feed and see the familiar jokes, memes, posts about food and talk of the Rockets an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    The Top 25 Music Videos of 2012, Nos. 10-6

    Now we're getting into the real works of incredible genius that hit the Web this year, including one of the few major acts I deign to include on these lists (The art of mainstream music video production being all but dead after all). It's a distinctly sexier set of selections than yesterday, so you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    This Week in Deliciousness: Doing the Wrong Thing 'Cause It Feels So Right

    Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where the hellish heat of the Houston summer months means chefs and bartenders alike are trying to sneak cucumbers into things. QUIT IT. We started the week off right with a great big celebration of things we know are wrong to do, but we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    Laugh While You Eat: Comedians on Food

    "Eat, drink and be merry" is often a salutation thrown out at weddings, bar mitzvahs and other life-affirming events. They rank among my favorite things to do. Combining food and comedy is great, but throw in some drinking, and you are sure to get some good, deep belly laughs. Stand-up is one of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    20 Albums To Leave Your Children Plus Five To Grow On...

    It started as a simple question: What albums would you leave your unborn children, if you knew you were on borrowed time and may not be around to show them the way. At first I asked for albums for sons, but then it grew broader, not out of needing to pacify the PC-thug in me, but to make sure everyo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2012

    Golden Bozos: Your "Official" Live Blog For The 69th Golden Globes

    I know, we're all bummed out the Texans lost. But since you've been drinking anyway, you might as well crack open another one and sit through the one awards show even the People's Choice Awards can look down its nose at. I'll be updating this entry throughout the broadcast, so refresh often and try ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Pop Rocks: You're Not Fooling Anyone, Downton Abbey

    A quick survey of my friends' status updates on Facebook Sunday night confirmed what I'd suspected for weeks: 200% of them were watching something called Downton Abbey. Season 2 just debuted on Masterpiece Classic on PBS, you see, and people responded with an enthusiasm usually reserved for when s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Pop Rocks: I'm On To You, Downton Abbey

    A quick survey of my friends' status updates on Facebook Sunday night confirmed what I'd suspected for weeks: 200 percent of them were watching something called Downton Abbey. Season 2 just debuted on Masterpiece Classic on PBS you see, and people responded with an enthusiasm usually reserved for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Fast Times: KFC Mashed Potato Bowl

    I am currently obsessed with comedian Patton Oswalt, and I'm dying to see the movie Young Adult with Charlize Theron, just because he is in it. I have been watching a lot of clips of Oswalt's comedy on YouTube and I recently stumbled upon his KFC Famous Mashed Potato Bowl rant. It is short, but funn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Last Night: Ben Sollee At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Jessica Perry​Ben Sollee, Thousands Fitzgerald's July 21, 2011 "I don't know anything about cello or classical arrangements but I like this stuff," Aftermath said to our classical-music teacher, great friend and sometime colleague Meghan Hendley, keyboardist for local group Tyagaraj ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Jessica Simpson Feels The Pain Of Bullying Victims

    Sorry sweetheart, but even Tim Gunn would've made fun of those pants.​There's been a lot of talk about bullies lately. The suicides of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi and Hamilton Middle School's Asher Brown have prompted renewed calls for bullying prevention, leading to things like the It Gets ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Why Aren't There Any Good Conservative Comedians?

    ​It's a valid question, even in light of the specter of Satanism rearing its seven heads over Delaware last week. Actually, maybe that's the quick and dirty answer to my question: the reality of the Tea Party is funnier than any airplane food joke Christine O'Donnell could tell at the Improv. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    The Week In TV: NBC Comedies Are Finally Back

    We've missed you.​My parking lot's flooded, I had my first crawfish on Friday, and I feel like funkin' it up. This was the week in TV Land: • Ah, the joys and frustrations of the endless news cycle: Not a couple hours after last week's round-up column went live -- in which I ruminated on C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    The Week In TV: Mad About Mad Men Barbie Dolls

    The Barbie version of Joan appears to have just escaped from Dachau.​I have no idea what day it is, my veins run thick with taquitos, and I took my shirt off in public. This was the week in TV Land: • I'm a little amazed at the amount of TV I was able to watch this past week considering I' ... More >>

  • News

    March 11, 2010

    Music Cities

    Texas has its own brand of March Madness

  • News

    December 24, 2009

    Year in Film: Three Critics, One List, Ten Best

    J. Hoberman, Robert Wilonsky and Scott Foundas put their minds together and come up with their favorite films of the year. Let's hear it for teamwork!

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Last Year's Broken Toys: The Most Depressing Christmas Songs of All Time

    Lin Pernille Photography​ The Christmas season is supposed to be one of joy and fun, of eating way too much and making drunken mistakes at your office Christmas party. Yet every year we're confronted by songs that frankly aren't in keeping with the holiday spirit. Although it's an urban myth that ... More >>

  • Film

    September 17, 2009

    No Exclamation Point Necessary

    The Informant! gets cute with massive corporate scandal and blows the story.

  • Film

    April 9, 2009

    Violent Miscreants and Power-Tripping Sociopaths

    Mall cops on parade in Observe and Report.

  • Calendar

    February 19, 2009

    Brian Posehn

    The six-six, bald, nerdy comic admits he’s gassy

  • Calendar

    September 18, 2008

    Outsider Comedy

    Local comedians band together and embrace their dorkiness

  • Calendar

    June 19, 2008

    Katt Williams

    This pint-sized comedian continues his crude crusade with It’s Pimpin’ Pimpin’ Tour

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2008

    Q&A: Chewing the Fat with Christian Finnegan

    Fans of Chappelle’s Show and Best Week Ever will recognize Christian Finnegan — if not by name, by face. The comedian played the “crazy” white roommate on the Chappelle’s Show parody skit “The Mad Real World,” and always has a clever quip about celebrities on Best Week Ever. Finnegan i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2007

    Q&A: Greg Giraldo Talks about Carrot Top, Carlos Mencia, Ray Romano, Lewis Black, Patton Oswalt, Dick Cheney and, of course, Paris Hilton

    Greg Giraldo drops into the Improv this week, but last week Assistant Night & Day Editor Dusti Rhodes talked to him on the phone about roasting celebrities, stealing jokes, being a dad, and his upcoming show on Comedy Central. Houstoned: You’re kind of known for being really good at roasting peop ... More >>

  • Film

    June 28, 2007


    Brad Bird does it again; health inspectors everywhere shaken to their core

  • Film

    June 14, 2007

    Get Inside. It's Summertime!

    Your guide to the season's hottest films (and the other ones, too)

  • News

    May 24, 2007

    Funny Business

    Once upon a time Houston was a hot spot for comedy clubs. Now it's anybody's guess on who'll turn out on any given night

  • Music

    March 8, 2007
  • Home Entertainment

    April 6, 2006
  • Music

    February 9, 2006

    Sam Winch

    The Lullabadeer

  • Music

    April 14, 2005

    Humor Can Be Funny

    Or so believe the Comedians of Comedy