Synopses & Reviews
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 1.87 million Twitter followers — Oswalt announces, with this second book, that he’s also here to stay on the page.
"Comedian and performer Oswalt (Zombie Spaceship Wasteland) has come up with another delightful, easy-to-read, and entertaining book, focusing on his years as an obsessive film buff when he was first starting out in Los Angeles....Oswalt's humorous take on life makes this a very enjoyable book. Recommended for those who love comedy, autobiographies, movies, entertainment, humor, and stand-up." Library Journal
"A funny, insightful homage to movie love and an honest account of growing up, personally and professionally." Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Patton Oswalt is the author of the New York Times bestseller Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. He has released four TV specials and four critically acclaimed comedy albums, including the Grammy-nominated My Weakness Is Strong. He put together the Comedians of Comedy tour and television series. Oswalt has also appeared on many television shows and in more than twenty films, including Young Adult, Big Fan, and Ratatouille. He lives in Los Angeles, California.