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Silver screen fiend : learning about life from an addiction to film
Oswalt, Patton, 1969- , author, narrator.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Audioworks, [2015]
Physical Description:
4 audio discs (approximately 4 hours) ; 4 3/4 in.
Reveals the author's addiction to film between 1995 and 1999, during which he absorbed classics and new releases three days a week and applied what he learned in these films to acting, writing, comedy, and relationships.
General Note:
Title from container.

"Includes PDF with bonus images and film list."
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Audiobook on CD


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PN2287.O745 A3 2015C Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks
PN2287.O745 A3 2015C Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks
PN2287.O745 A3 2015C Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks

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New York Times bestselling author, comedian, and actor Patton Oswalt shares his entertaining memoir about coming of age as a performer and writer in the late '90s while obsessively watching classic films at the legendary New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.

Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakeable addiction. It wasn't drugs, alcohol, or sex. It was film. After moving to L.A., Oswalt became a huge film buff, absorbing classics and new releases at least three nights a week at the New Beverly Cinema. Silver screen celluloid became Patton's life schoolbook, informing his notions of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships. Set in the nascent days of the alternative comedy scene, Oswalt's memoir chronicles his journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective supporting him all along the way.

Ideally timed for awards season, when everyone's mind is on Hollywood, Silver Screen Fiend follows up on the terrific reception of Oswalt's New York Times bestselling debut, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland . Already a beloved fixture on the comedy stage, on television, and in film--not to mention his 1.1 million Twitter followers--Oswalt announces, with this second book, that he's also here to stay on the page.

Author Notes

Patton Oswalt is an actor, comedian, and author. He has appeared on numerous television shows and in more than twenty movies including Young Adult, Big Fan, and Ratatouille. He has released four TV specials and four comedy albums including My Weakness Is Strong. His books include Zombie Spaceship Wasteland and Silver Screen Fiend: Learning about Life from an Addiction to Film.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Readers who know Oswalt only for his supporting role on the television sitcom The King of Queens might be surprised to learn that he was one of the early proponents of alternative comedy, a style of stand-up comedy that rejects the traditional setup-and-punch-line structure in favor of a more free-form, unpredictable approach. Some readers might also be surprised at how accomplished a writer he is; this fine book, set during his early years in Los Angeles (the mid- to late-1990s), is downright impossible to put down. When the author, then a young stand-up comedian, first moved to L.A., his goal was to become a film director; the best way to accomplish that, he thought, was to immerse himself in movies, old and new, classic and unknown. At the same time, needing to pay his bills, he developed his performance comedy and even as he still dreamed of making his own movies found himself building a career on the big and small screens. Fans of Oswalt's earlier memoir, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland (2011), are pretty much guaranteed to enjoy this one; but, because it's set at a different stage in the author's life, and because it deals with the L.A. comedy scene, it could find itself a whole new set of readers.--Pitt, David Copyright 2015 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Veteran stand-up comedian and television actor Oswalt brings his quirky persona to the audio edition of his latest book. Oswalt recounts a four-year period as a young adult in the 1990s when he became obsessed with vintage movies and spent at least three nights a week at the famed New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles. Oswalt provides a conversational and confessional style of delivery familiar to fans of his stand-up act; he moves at a fast pace, never slowing down to allow time for listeners to digest all of his unapologetically esoteric references to cinema and the comedy scene. Yet that mixture of eccentricity and bravado is the essence of Oswalt's appeal. A tribute to The Beverly Theater's colorful owner and operator, the late Sherman Torgan, is especially memorable, as Oswalt vividly recites a list of never-made films that he wishes Torgan could view as a reward in the afterlife. The audiobook also includes a bonus PDF with photos and a helpful index detailing all of Oswalt's movie-going during his addiction period. A Scribner hardcover. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Stand-up comedian, writer, and actor Oswalt reviews pivotal moments in his career in this memoir where he uses his (former) obsession with movies as a framing device for telling vignettes of his early work. Stories include performing stand-up comedy at the Largo, writing sketches for Mad TV, and his first acting job as an extra in the hilariously bad movie Down Periscope. Oswalt's writing style is clear and passionate, but he occasionally drifts into lyric prose and heavy-handed art metaphors that are better suited to print than the spoken word. The author does a good job of narrating his book, smoothly incorporating footnotes and side notes in an energetic, conversational style. VERDICT Although Oswalt is a gifted comedian, his stories here are moderately enjoyable without being funny; film buffs will enjoy the obsessive descriptions of cult film moments, while Oswalt's fans will enjoy the peek into his days as an up-and-coming L.A. performer.-Cliff Landis, Georgia State Univ. Lib., Atlanta © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.