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Guest Programmer: Patton Oswalt
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Patton Oswalt Profile

Patton Oswalt, TCM Guest Programmer for December, is a stand-up comedian who has broadened his comic range to include notable roles in films and television while providing voices for animated characters and recording comedy albums. He also is an author, having written TV shows, comics and the book Zombie Spaceship Wasteland (2011). Born in Virginia, Oswalt began in stand-up in the early 1990s and by 1996 had his own comedy special on HBO. He is perhaps best known for his role as Spencer Olchin in the sitcom The King of Queens and for providing the voice of Remy, the leading character in the animated movie Ratatouille (2007). Other credits include the films Big Fan (2009), Young Adult (2011) and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013); and the TV series Two and a Half Men, Justified, The Newsroom and Parks and Recreation.

Oswalt's programming picks cover a variety of film genres and countries, ranging from the comic to the serious and from the well-known to the more obscure. His evening begins with a pair of classics. Oswalt describes the British comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) as "a hilarious predecessor" to the BBC sitcom Blackadder, and considers that the American Western 3:10 to Yuma (1957) contains "one of Glenn Ford's greatest performances as the villainous yet not unsympathetic cattle rustler." Then come two "road movies" as unexpected as they are intriguing. The Spanish-language The Wind Journeys (2009) concerns a man who "believes he owns the Devil's accordion, and must return it to its owner," while the Belgian/French black comedy Aaltra (2004) has two paraplegics who set off on an adventure that manages to be "offensive, hilarious and oddly beautiful."