Werewolves and Lollipops [CD/DVD]

Werewolves and Lollipops [CD/DVD]

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by Patton Oswalt
     
 
Turn on any deep cable channel that runs three-year-old movies -- or old Kings of Queens episodes or Comedy Central Celebrity Roasts -- and you'll run into the leading doughboy of cynicism, Patton Oswalt. The numerous guest spots and character actor parts the man lands are all delivered with the utmost care, but to really appreciate Patton you have to

Overview

Turn on any deep cable channel that runs three-year-old movies -- or old Kings of Queens episodes or Comedy Central Celebrity Roasts -- and you'll run into the leading doughboy of cynicism, Patton Oswalt. The numerous guest spots and character actor parts the man lands are all delivered with the utmost care, but to really appreciate Patton you have to experience his standup. Werewolves and Lollipops is a masterful, and most importantly, hilarious example of how this jaw-droppingly talented comedian can craft a set that doesn't underestimate its audience. With so much venom to spit -- and with all of George Carlin's "Seven Dirty Words" working overtime -- there's no point easing into the opening fast-food diatribe "America Has Spoken." Oswalt doesn't bother with the usual, "how's everybody doin' tonight?" time waster. Instead, the routine mercilessly skewers a shameless fast-food industry where every fatty thing on the menu is offered in single mash, or as Oswalt puts it, "a failure pile in a sadness bowl." That the esoteric This Mortal Coil and their It'll End in Tears album gets mentioned amongst all this fried guilt is amazing and a nod to the in-the-know cult audience that has championed the comedian. Still, there's an approachable, self-deprecating side to his act that proudly declares "I'm a nerd" ("At Midnight I Will Kill George Lucas with a Shovel") and while the Bush-bashing ("Alternate Earth"), small-town bashing ("Sterling, Virginia"), and religious bashing ("I Tell a Story About Birth Control and Deal with a Retarded Heckler") has "elitist" written all over it, it tastes like sweet manna from heaven after the five-year reign of the Blue Collar Comedy crowd. There's no reason to make excuses when Oswalt is able to stream through this seemingly impossible jumble of topics effortlessly or instantly lay to waste the heckler that dares interrupt his flow. After so much "stupid is as stupid does" has flooded the standup market, it's good to feel uncompromisingly smart for a change, and even better when the material is honed to perfection. [Werewolves and Lollipops was also released with an excellent bonus DVD featuring most of the same material on the CD but from a show two months earlier. Being able to witness the act developing and reaching full potential is an extra fans will find fascinating.]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2007
Label:
Sub Pop
UPC:
0098787073720
catalogNumber:
737
Rank:
199687

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Here We Go
  2. America Has Spoken
  3. Beautiful People and a Bridge Troll
  4. Clean Filth
  5. The Miracle of Childbirth
  6. You Are Allowed 20 Birthday Parties
  7. The Dukes of Hazzard
  8. Alternate Earth
  9. Best Week Never
  10. Physics for Poets
  11. At Midnight I Will Kill George Lucas with a Shovel
  12. Bubble of Sanity
  13. Sterling, Virginia
  14. The Gatekeepers of Coolness
  15. Racist Cell Phones
  16. The Best Baby in the Universe
  17. Married & Single
  18. I Tell a Story About Birth Control and Deal with a Retarded Heckler
  19. Great Food Is Cooked by Psychos
  20. Wackity Scmackity Doo!
  21. Death Bed
  22. Cirque du Soleil

Disc 2

  1. Bonus Material

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