The AV Club interviewed Patton Oswalt to help promote his many projects, including his new comedy special Finest Hour (which will be released by Comedy Central Records next month). Patton gives great interviews when he's really engaged, so you should read all of it, but here are some bullet point quotes I found particularly interesting:
- "I think the kind of person that gravitates toward New York is a person that’s not so much focused on controlling exactly how they appear and how they exit. They’re more fascinated with the process. In other words, running around, doing three sets a night…. [LA] is more about entrances, how you present yourself, how you make your splash, how you make your debut, and how you control your image… People are doing just as much work, but in a much more controlled way…. And I’m glad that they both exist."
- "I think one of the great hidden jokes of my early albums is how 100-percent sure I am of everything. And then, it’s almost like this prequel: You’re like, 'Oh, you don’t realize what the fuck is about to hit you.' [Laughs.] 'You don’t realize how you’re about to get that carpet ripped out from under your feet.'"
- "I’ve met certain heroes of mine and they’re fuckin’ douchebags. And then I’ve met people who, I don’t hate them, but I’m always like, 'Whatever,' and they’re the [Yelling in agony] nicest people on the planet! [Grumbling.]" [Ed Note: Every good Patton Oswalt interview needs a certain amount of grumbling]
- "I think the best thing that came out of the whole alternative scene from the early ’90s is the rebellion that happened from the waves of comedians that came up in the early aughts… just a lot of shoegazing bullshit and a lot of self-indulgent crap… [New comics] actually revel in writing jokes and taking this very basic form and doing something new with the content… I was talking to Bobby Lopez, who is the lyricist [of Book of Mormon]. He’s like, 'This song is this old Broadway trope and this song is that old Broadway trope. We just took that delivery system and had it say shit you never would imagine you would hear being said on Broadway, and that’s what’s so fuckin’ shocking.'"
Since I can't actually just copy/paste the whole interview, you should go read it your own damned self! There's a ton of interesting and insightful stuff in there. Patton's new album Finest Hour will be released Tuesday September 20 but you can pre-order now.