Patton Oswalt

‘Veep’ Season 4: Higher Stakes and Better than Ever

Lest we worry that the Selina Meyer and her staff have come down with a sudden case of competency in her new role as President, the very first scene of the fourth season of HBO’s Veep finds our hero standing in front of a joint session of Congress, staring at a blank Teleprompter. The episode then zips back 24 hours, to explain the combination of Oval Office wrangling, political backstabbing, and utter stupidity that put that empty prompt in front of her. In many ways, it ends up being a model episode of the show, which serves as a stark but hilarious reminder that the fate of the free world is often in the hands of petty, clumsy, terrible people. … Read More

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Patton Oswalt, You’re Not Helping the Trevor Noah Situation

Yesterday we pleaded with the Internet to use the Trevor Noah “old tweets” scandal to have a productive conversation about both what’s edgy vs. what’s just tired in comedy, and to what extent we should hold public figures responsible for their years-old social media posts. Throughout the day I saw some good responses about anti-Semitism, about comedy, and about forgiving ourselves for our past social media sins. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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The 30 Harshest Comedian-on-Comedian Insults in History

Continuing our beloved series, Flavorwire looks into the rivalries, feuds, frenmities, and good-natured(ish) ribbing of an industry filled with the fragile egos, big personalities, and sharp wits that make for excellent insults: comedy. From Comedy Central roasts to Jay ‘n’ Conan to Twitter spats, there’s no shortage of verbal spats out there, but here’s a selection of the very best. Spoiler: there’s little love lost between Chevy Chase and, well, everyone else. … Read More

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Watch Weird Al’s “Royals” Parody About Aluminum Foil

“Weird Al” Yankovic’s latest video – the third in three days, following his “Blurred Lines” and “Happy” parodies – is… Read More

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A Guide to Celebrities Who Are the Absolute Worst On Social Media

Ah, yes, celebrities: they’re just like us. Which means some of them are just as annoying as your aunt on Facebook, as unnecessarily cranky as your old college roommate on Twitter, and as insufferable as your #humblebrag colleague on Instagram. They’re basically The Worst, with the icing on the cake being that they have a built-in web audience since they’re celebrities. Here’s a guide to the worst offenders, from Ted Nugent to Jason Biggs to… Read More

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Patton Oswalt Tries to Explain Rape on Twitter

I don’t even know how to deal with this, whatever it is. Nerdsplaining? Rapesplaining? An attempt at humor? Completely misguided,… Read More

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In Praise of Patton Oswalt, Brave Twitter Warrior

Yesterday, on Twitter, comedian and activist Patton Oswalt delivered an astounding series of tweets that, had the words been spoken from a stage, would have been called performance art instead of stand-up comedy. Yes, Oswalt has elevated himself from comic to one of the nation’s — nay, the planet’s — greatest cultural critics, taking a stand for free speech and the right to make jokes about every taboo subject while at the same time squashing the words of every Social Justice Warrior and PC Policeperson on the Internet. Fellow comedian Ricky Gervais, who regularly encourages his followers to broaden their minds with his balanced, levelheaded discussion of religion, called Oswalt “the bravest and uncompromisingly brilliant tweeter out there.” It’s true; Oswalt is extremely courageous, taking a stand from behind his keyboard against the indignities he’s suffered at the hands of overly sensitive marginalized Twitter communities. … Read More

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