In 2011, Patton Oswalt managed to write the memoir “Zombie Spaceship Wasteland,” put out his fifth album, “Finest Hour” (also a Showtime special), acted in comedies “The United States of Tara” and “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas” and is getting awards buzz for his dramatic role in the upcoming “Young Adult.” And 2011 isn’t even over. “I embraced all these different things that I’m genuinely interested in,” Oswalt says. “I cleared my mind of ‘can’t’ — not the word ‘can’t,’ but (the idea) this is the one thing that I do, and I don’t do these other things.”

While “Finest Hour” has been riding high on Billboard’s comedy charts, his book sold more than 25,000 copies in print, and another 8,000 e-books. Oswalt has shown strength across the board. It started with a starring role in 2009’s dark indie “Big Fan.” Oswalt is continuing to explore his interests, though tempered with a more mature outlook. “As you get older, you embrace what’s good and bad in yourself, instead of being tormented about it,” he says. “You kind of wink at it.”