The crop of comedians coming up right now is insane. I’ve never seen this much talent. – Patton Oswalt
Patton Oswalt is doing press in support of the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. In it, he plays an eHarmony customer service rep who has conversations with Ben Stiller’s title character throughout the film. The Daily Beast interviewed Oswalt to talk about the movie and comedy. Oswalt stated that there are so many terrific comedians out there besides just the big names you know like Louis C.K. and Sarah Silverman.
He dropped names, stating people should to pay attention to newer comics like Kyle Kinane, Hannibal Buress, and Shelby Fero. He added, “The crop of comedians coming up right now is insane. I’ve never seen this much talent.”
The comedian also revealed his thoughts on comedy critics, stating that many who cover it aren’t present in clubs watching it and therefore often declare stand-up dead.
I have quibbles with the way stand-up is portrayed in the media and in the press. People who don’t understand anything about stand-up and have never set foot in a comedy club write about it and say, “Well, stand-up comedy is kind of dead.” You don’t know what the f*ck you’re talking about. I’m in the only profession where someone who doesn’t see stand-up at all gets to write about what we do, and do these objective pronouncements about it. [The Daily Beast]
The interview also went into territory we and our comedy friends have often asked, and that’s why are comedies never taken seriously when it comes to handing out awards? In many instances acting in a comedy is tougher than drama, and more often than not the movie lives and dies on being funny. Because when was the last time anyone admired great cinematography in a comedy movie?