DVD addict. Film freak. Comic book connoisseur. Comedic Jedi master.Patton Oswalt says he’s a geek, but in actuality he’s more a guru with an abundance of comic wisdom: “Always treat the audience like they’re smart and they’ll rise to the occasion.” “Work through the dry slumps of laughter to get to the next level. Make huge mistakes!” Veteran jester Jerry Stiller, Oswalt’s co-star on “The King of Queens,” says, “I am in awe of Patton. He has an amazing intelligence for a comedian with observations that go so deep that it touches on people’s souls.” Oswalt’s repertoire ranges from the surreal to the high-brow: jokes about southern-accented Goth rockers in Atlanta go hand in hand with an imitation of producer Robert Evans that only showbiz insiders could relish. A standup who’s plied his trade for more than a decade, Oswalt’s seasoned experience has scored him notable writing stints with “Mad TV” and MTV Networks, along with 30 television appearances. His sitcom brainchild “Super Nerds” — centering around two comic book junkies who run their own store — is under consideration at Comedy Central. While Oswalt might be known as the sitcom sidekick to Kevin James’ “King of Queens” and has popped up now and then in features (Note to film buffs: Oswalt played the fateful scuba diver Delmer Darien in “Magnolia”), industry pundits believe this multitalent is just beginning to hit his stride.
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