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Patton Oswalt's Message on Dave Chappelle Backfires

Comedian insists he's an 'LGBTQ ally' after post about his longtime friendship with Chappelle

(Newser) - The comedy business can be a somewhat insular one, where everybody knows everybody and ties stretch back decades. So it's not surprising that comedian Patton Oswalt has known Dave Chappelle for more than three decades, and his New Year's Eve post on that topic is now drawing heat....

Patton Oswalt Got Trolled on Twitter. His Troll Is Now 'Humbled'

Comedian directed fans to donate money to sick man's GoFundMe

(Newser) - A Twitter troll went after Patton Oswalt—and the comedian managed to turn it into one of the most uplifting stories of the week. It started Wednesday, when Oswalt made fun of President Trump on Twitter , which provoked snarky reactions from 64-year-old Michael Beatty, including saying he was happy Oswalt'...

'You Did It, Michelle': Oswalt to Late Wife After Big Arrest

Comedian praises Michelle McNamara after Golden State Killer suspect is detained

(Newser) - "Goodnight, Michelle. You did good," comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted Wednesday, praising his late wife's role in the Golden State Killer case. Suspect Joseph James DeAngelo was arrested almost two years to the day after the death of Oswalt's wife, true-crime writer Michelle McNamara. She chronicled her...

In Memoir, Patton Oswalt's Late Wife Describes 'Old-Mom Blues'

Oswalt thought she was struggling with postpartum depression

(Newser) - Michelle McNamara's posthumous memoir was released Tuesday, and in it, Patton Oswalt's late wife reveals her struggle with the baby blues after the couple's daughter, Alice, was born. "I was inconsolable for the first two weeks," she writes, recalling that Oswalt told friends she was...

After Tragedy, a New Beginning for Patton Oswalt

Comedian marries Meredith Salenger in Los Angeles

(Newser) - When Patton Oswalt tweeted on Sunday, "What'd you guys do yesterday?," it was less a call to conversation and more to reveal what he did on Saturday: marry Meredith Salenger, per Page Six . His tweet showed him holding hands with his 8-year-old daughter, Alice, who in turn...

Celebs Share Awkward Photos —for a Cause

Stephen Colbert, Nick Kroll donating $2K in aid to Puerto Rico for each

(Newser) - Even the biggest names in Hollywood went through that awkward pubescent stage—and now we have the proof. Celebrities including Sarah Silverman , Jimmy Kimmel , and Judd Apatow have been sharing less-than-flattering photos of their awkward younger years on Twitter using the hashtag #PuberMe after Stephen Colbert vowed to donate $1,...

Patton Oswalt: My Daughter Saved Me After Wife's Death

'I’m not saying I would be dead, but I would be a shut-in alcoholic'

(Newser) - Patton Oswalt's assessment of grief boils down to this: Cup O' Noodles. In an in-depth Playboy interview, the comedian describes the flavor packet that accompanies the fast food as his "avatar of despair" because it only mimics taste, the way life only mimics the “flavor of life”...

15 Months After Wife's Death, Patton Oswalt Is Engaged

Comedian trades public explorations of grief for public expressions of happiness

(Newser) - Fifteen months after the death of his wife of 11 years, Patton Oswalt is engaged, People reports. The comedian and his new fiancee, actress Meredith Salenger, confirmed their engagement on social media. "I put the ring in a marzipan Slave I replica and said, 'Will you be my...

Patton Oswalt Reveals What Killed His Wife

A combination of medications and an undiagnosed heart condition

(Newser) - Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt says coroner's officials have told him that his wife died last year from a combination of prescription medications and an undiagnosed heart condition. Oswalt writes in a statement to the AP that he and his wife Michelle McNamara did not know she had a...

Here's What Patton Oswalt Said at 1st Show Since Wife Died

'People' says the sold-out crowd 'hung on his every word'

(Newser) - On Thursday night at New York's Beacon Theatre, Patton Oswalt did his first stand-up headliner since his wife died. People reports that he "stalled" (his word) for half of the hour-long set before going into a 16-minute monologue about Michelle McNamara's April death. Highlights of what he...

Patton Oswalt: Grief Over My Wife's Death 'Is an Ambush'

Patton Oswalt:
Grief Over My
Wife's Death
'Is an Ambush'

Patton Oswalt: Grief Over My Wife's Death 'Is an Ambush'

Comedian offers heartbreaking glimpse into life after wife's sudden death: 'NYT'

(Newser) - Patton Oswalt says the April day his wife, Michelle McNamara, died was the second worst day of his life. The worst? "When I told my daughter the next day." Now, six months after McNamara's death, the comedian offers a devastatingly honest glimpse to the New York Times ...

Patton Oswalt: Here's Where I'm At, 102 Days Later

The actor grieves for his late wife, Michelle McNamara

(Newser) - Once again, Patton Oswalt has offered a devastatingly honest peek into his mind following the sudden death of his wife , Michelle McNamara, in April. It's been 102 days, he wrote on Facebook Monday night, and he has nothing to show for it except "solid knowledge of fear, exhaustion,...

Patton Oswalt Pens Heartbreaking Remembrance of Wife

'I love her'

(Newser) - Patton Oswalt continues the heartbreaking tributes to his late wife with a piece in Time . Michelle Eileen McNamara, who died a week after turning 46 , "hasn't left a void. She's left a blast crater," he writes. She was a gifted true-crime writer who also once worked...

Wife of Comedian Patton Oswalt Dead at 46

Michelle McNamara was a true-crime writer

(Newser) - True-crime writer Michelle McNamara, who was married to comedian Patton Oswalt, died in her sleep Thursday, Entertainment Weekly reports. She was 46. A publicist for Oswalt, whose film and TV credits include Ratatouille, Magnolia, and Veep, tells the AP that McNamara's passing "was a complete shock to her...

10 Stars You Actually Should Follow on Twitter

They know how to do something other than take selfies

(Newser) - Not every celebrity uses Twitter to call people ugly or get in ridiculous fights with other celebrities . The Week rounds up 10 stars you might actually want to follow on Twitter:
  • Patton Oswalt : He recently spent a day shamelessly trolling Twitter by tweeting admirable (or at least harmless) thoughts ... but

Patton Oswalt to Bombers: 'The Good Outnumber You'

Comic and actor's response lights up Facebook

(Newser) - President Obama had the presidential pulpit when he responded to the Boston Marathon bombings , but comic and actor Patton Oswalt may have outdone him via his Facebook page . Time will tell whether this attack is the work of "one human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths,"...

Columbia Valedictorian Admits Plagiarizing Comic

His 'Physics for Poets' sounded familiar to Patton Oswalt

(Newser) - Another day, another commencement gaffe. Columbia's valedictorian has apologized for lifting part of his speech—a jokey riff on attending a class called Physics for Poets—from comedian Patton Oswalt, probably best known for his King of Queens supporting role. (See videos for comparisons.)

Big Fan Scores with Critics
 Big Fan Scores with Critics 
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Big Fan Scores with Critics

(Newser) - Critics are big fans of Big Fan, a funny yet tragic look at football devotees directed by The Wrestler screenwriter Robert Siegel. Here’s what they’re saying:  
  • Star Patton Oswalt “gives a tour de force performance,” writes Ray Greene of Box Office Magazine, and Siegel finds

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