Silver Screen Fiend

  • by Patton Oswalt
  • Narrated by Patton Oswalt
  • 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling 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 best-selling 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.

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Redemption from 'Zombie Spaceship Wasteland'

I can't say enough about this book. It was beautifully written, and would have worked just as well as fiction as a memoir, so well done was the prose and character arc. I know nothing about movies, but I still gobbled up the story. As literary as you'd like without being dry. I'll definitely read again.
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- Kurt

For Patton Oswalt fans and stand-up fans.

While the book does have a good chunk of stuff about movies and the funny stories and internal monologues that result from watching so many, that's not what this book is about. The book is more about the early days of Oswalt's comedy career after having moved to California. Living in San Francisco, working as a sketch writer for MadTV, the legend of The Largo--so many things that Oswalt has hinted at and revealed glimpses of throughout his stand-up career-- are fleshed out in much greater detail in this book.

Now you should know that the reason I bought the book is because I'm a huge Patton Oswalt fan. He just does it for me.* I gave it five stars because it delivered exactly what I wanted--HAVE WANTED for about ten years: a closer examination of how Patton got to where he is. I do stand-up myself and he's my inspiration for getting into comedy. So these are the tales and looks behind the curtain I've been waiting for. Zombie/Spaceship/Wasteland was akin to a look inside Bruce Wayne's mind (especially his childhood and adolescent mind) before he left Gotham to travel the world to learn the skills he'd need to become the Caped Crusader. Silver Screen Fiend is more like Batman Begins, as it offers a better look at his training, his internal struggles, and his early career.

And since I'm a fan of his, I enjoy listening to Patton narrate. So if you are a fan of his stand-up and really like behind the scenes stories about comedy, writing for TV, being a movie extra, and listening to people talk about movies, this book is for you.

*(I saw Big Fan and Ratatouille for the same reason; I'd personally recommend Ratatouille because everyone likes a good Pixar flick and I'd recommend Big Fan if you like football, particularly The New York Giants.)
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- Brian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2015
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio