A few months since the sudden death of his Michelle McNamara, Patton Oswalt announced that he’s preparing a return to stand-up at some point next month. Early this morning, the comedian took to Twitter to announce the news that he felt ready to get back on stage. He also attached a noted scene from the TV show, Deadwood as an explanation.
The scene in question probably frames Oswalt’s current mindset as it features a classic conversation between Al (Ian McShane) and Merrick (Jeffrey Jones) with Al giving Merrick some sage advice about life.
I'm gonna start doing stand-up again next month. This is the closest I can come to a reason why: https://t.co/ygsT7czFNy
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 28, 2016
“Pain or damage don’t end the world… or despair… or f—ing beatings. The world ends when you’re dead. Until then, you got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man, and give some back.”
Give ’em hell Patton.