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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patton Oswalt Narrator: Patton Oswalt Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9781442375147
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New York Times bestselling author, comedian, and actor Patton Oswalt shares his entertaining memoir about coming of age as a performer and writer in the late ’90s while obsessively watching classic films at the legendary New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.

Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakeable addiction. It wasn’t drugs, alcohol, or sex. It was film. After moving to L.A., Oswalt became a huge film buff, absorbing classics and new releases at least three nights a week at the New Beverly Cinema. Silver screen celluloid became Patton’s life schoolbook, informing his notions of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships. Set in the nascent days of the alternative comedy scene, Oswalt’s memoir chronicles his journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective supporting him all along the way.

Ideally timed for awards season, when everyone’s mind is on Hollywood, Silver Screen Fiend follows up on the terrific reception of Oswalt’s New York Times bestselling debut, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. Already a beloved fixture on the comedy stage, on television, and in film—not to mention his 1.1 million Twitter followers—Oswalt announces, with this second book, that he’s also here to stay on the page. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Vivid and funny.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Oswalt’s prose is sparkling…A coming-of middle-age meditation, Oswalt’s homage to films is both hilarious and heartfelt.”

    USA Today

  • "[Oswalt has] a set of synapses like a pinball machine and a prose style to match…Oswalt’s writing gives off the hallucinogenic shimmer of the true obsessive, packing all the sharpness and bite of his stand-up.”

    New York Times

  • “Oswalt is a great conveyer of his real-life (and reel-life) experiences…great insider stuff.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Clever and readable…Oswalt’s encyclopedic knowledge and frothing enthusiasm for films (from sleek noir classics, to gory B movies, to cliche-riddled independents, to big empty blockbusters) is relentlessly present, whirring in the background like a projector.”

    Boston Globe

  • “In a light and breezy tone, he talks about films but frequently breaks off into tangents about himself and his childhood…Oswalt’s passion for films runs deep, and he clues listeners in on a lot of great movies they may not know about.”

    AudioFile

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About the Author
Author Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, and New York Times bestselling author. He has released television specials and critically acclaimed comedy albums, including the Grammy Award-nominated My Weakness Is Strong. He put together the Comedians of Comedy tour and television series and he has held recurring character roles on many television shows. He has appeared in more than twenty films and has worked as a voice actor in King of Queens, Cartoon Network’s Robotomy, and the Disney animated film Ratatouielle.