"Funny and occasionally heartbreaking . . . a cerebral and somewhat surreal tour through the thought processes of Patton Oswalt. It is an inspired and unique work, operating well outside the realm of the disposable comedy memoir."
“Further proof that Patton Oswalt is way funnier than I am, which is either high praise or an insult. Your call.”
“Patton Oswalt is a brilliant rarity; a relentlessly creative and original comic who is also a superb writer. If you don’t buy this book you are a fool and I will, I swear, fight you.”
“Funny, thoughtful stuff. Patton alternates the spit-take hilarity of a great stand-up with the quiet, mordant insight that clearly helped make him one. Which is amazing, ‘cause he’s an idiot.”
“Fans of Patton Oswalt’s standup comedy have always known he was a born writer at heart, and now here’s the proof. This is a surprisingly affecting, sincere and daresay vulnerable collection of essays, all keenly observed, always very funny.”
“I don’t know what’s sharper, Oswalt’s brains or Oswalt’s tongue.”
“I have impeccable taste, and I only converse with the following three: God, the Devil, and Patton Oswalt. All three have opened for me. This book is a funny tragedy. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll convert to Pattonism. If you do not love this book, remember, I know where you live in your mother’s basement.”
“Perfect—I can describe Patton’s book the same way I describe his stand up—brilliant and prolific, I am slackjawed, amazed, and left feeling both inspired and fraudulent.”
“Patton Oswalt is among the funniest on-stage talking humans I am aware of, so it annoys me deeply that he is also an incredibly talented writer. It annoys me, but it does not surprise me. Every sentence in this book is funny (except for the sad ones), but it also brims with Oswalt-ian smarts and surprising poignancy.”
"A believable portrait of a witty, vulnerable funnyman. The autobiographical passages ... have the detail and emotional nuance of fine short stories."
"[Oswalt] brings that postmodern sensibility to his debut book, a wildly diverse collection of essays that careens from sincere introspection to inventive comedic material that would fit seamlessly into one of his sets. . . The humor comes from his sharp storytelling and sardonic wit. ... He populates these stories with expertly drawn characters, and infuses them with a limitless supply of cultural references and deft turns of phrase."
"[Oswalt] proves he can pen a compellingly entertaining fast read."
"To delve into this book is to take a tour of Oswalt's delightfully offbeat mind. . . . Oswalt is a wonderfully descriptive writer."
“[Oswalt] brings insight and passion to his subjects that lift the book above hipster snark to the level of something you’ll want to reread and savor. . . . He also shines alight on a side of Los Angeles that you don’t often see or hear about, but thatyou’ll want to visit after devouring this hilarious, incisive read."
"A thoughtful,hilarious, quasi-memoir that puts the standard-issue comedy-routine-in-book-formto shame."
Readers expecting sf might find themselves lost in space with this latest effort from author-cum-actor-cum-comedian Oswalt (The Brannock Doom). His work defies the conventional notion of fiction with a potpourri of memoirs, script notes, poems, comic strips, a wine list, whimsical greeting cards, American history, and diary entries. In fact, it's nothing short of a postmodern update of Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. There's no connection between chapters, yet parallels can be drawn among the miscellany. For example, the act of cheating a theater manager by a teenager in a chapter titled "Ticket Booth" is echoed in a later chapter titled "The Victory Tour" about an agent doing the same to one of his clients. Readers will find Oswalt's narrative innovative and humorous, one laced with clever comments on life. VERDICT Those looking for a coherent story may not find this their cup of tea. For more adventurous minds, Margo Channing's quote from the film All About Eve may be applied here: "Fasten your seatbelt; it's going to be a bumpy night." But what a ride!—Victor Or, Surrey P.L. & North Vancouver City Lib., B.C.