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World of War-laugh!

I promise that the rest of this post won't be as painfully unfunny as that headline.

It's everyone's favorite comedy troll!
While the Giant Bomb posse has been out here in Japan covering the Tokyo Game Show and not drinking enough water, on the other side of the puddle, BlizzCon 2008 has come and gone. There were certainly some big announcements to come out of this celebration of all things Blizzard, including the revelation that Starcraft II will actually be three games, and the unveiling of the Wizard class in Diablo III. I don't have that profound personal attachment that Blizzard games have a knack for fostering, so the most exciting thing to come out of BlizzCon for me was the closing ceremony comedy stylings of Mr. Patton Oswalt, which the goodly folks at Joystiq have posted an audio version of.

I've been a fan of Patton's simultaneously vulgar and geeky brand of humor for nigh on ten years now, and while he confesses that it's been a while since he's played any video games, he's enough of an obsessive, socially awkward dork that when he rags on the BlizzCon attendees for their vitamin D intake, it's definitely laughing-with and not laughing-at. Jay Mohr, Jamie Kennedy, take note: if you yourself don't identify as some kind of nerd, making fun of the nerds basically makes you a jock.
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Posted by Ryan
It's everyone's favorite comedy troll!
While the Giant Bomb posse has been out here in Japan covering the Tokyo Game Show and not drinking enough water, on the other side of the puddle, BlizzCon 2008 has come and gone. There were certainly some big announcements to come out of this celebration of all things Blizzard, including the revelation that Starcraft II will actually be three games, and the unveiling of the Wizard class in Diablo III. I don't have that profound personal attachment that Blizzard games have a knack for fostering, so the most exciting thing to come out of BlizzCon for me was the closing ceremony comedy stylings of Mr. Patton Oswalt, which the goodly folks at Joystiq have posted an audio version of.

I've been a fan of Patton's simultaneously vulgar and geeky brand of humor for nigh on ten years now, and while he confesses that it's been a while since he's played any video games, he's enough of an obsessive, socially awkward dork that when he rags on the BlizzCon attendees for their vitamin D intake, it's definitely laughing-with and not laughing-at. Jay Mohr, Jamie Kennedy, take note: if you yourself don't identify as some kind of nerd, making fun of the nerds basically makes you a jock.
Posted by MasterSplinter

Patton and Posehn are friggen amazing.

Posted by McPlated

You cannot top Chris Ward's thoughts on kingdom hearts.

Posted by tekmojo
Posted by sado

Agreed, MasterSplinter.

Posted by Milkman

47 minutes of awesome. Yes!

Posted by Darknaut

That was great. Love Patton.

Posted by Xelloss

He was good, I didn't even know there was going to be comedian acts at blizzcon, all I knew about was the concert, so it took me by surpize.  He was pretty funny, from what he said he cracked out on Sonic back in the day.

Posted by killdave
Posted by PrawnToast

If you liked this check out Patton's stand-up albums:

  • Feekin' Kinda Patton
  • Werewolves and Lollipops

I prefer Feelin' Kinda Patton out of the two as there are far more geeky references but they are both worth your time.
Posted by Jecrell

My god that was hilarious! Clearly the best thing out of BlizzCon imo.

Posted by Willy105

Funny!

Posted by Trilogy

I almost pissed my pants when he tried to get up from playing sonic for 5 hours.

Posted by RHCPfan24

Oswalt is really funny.  I saw a Comedy Central special with him and laughed so much.

Posted by KnifeySpoony

Patton Oswalt?
yes

Posted by TomboDemon

i kinda thought that Jamie Kennedy was a nerd
i mean look at the guy

Posted by Claude

I saw Oswalt in a documentary, he's a big comic book fan.

Posted by mason

I always knew Ryan was a Patton Oswalt fan. He's definitely picked up a bit of his cadence. Even back on the ol' GS podcast I remember him and Jeff referencing some of Patton's jokes.

Totally disagree with Branthog. I'd argue that live comedy right now is better than it's ever been...if you actually go out of your way to see it live. These days the funniest comedians are rarely on TV, and almost none have a movie career. They're live performers first and foremost so they're not household names.

Posted by Dryker

@mason

I agree that there are quite a few "funny" people out there doing stand-up, but I think Branthog is referring to an entirely higher level of comedy. I can't speak for Oswalt for I'm not too familiar with his work, but Carlin and Izzard are not just comedians but almost comedic philisophers. It's a bad description, I know, but I think I know what he's getting at. There is a difference. One of the funniest comics of all time IMO is Richard Pryor, but he's just a really funny guy and not the type of comedian I think Branthog is getting at. The entire Monty Python troupe were comedic philosophers.

Posted by CoursinLarry

I was at both Jay Mohr's and Patton Oswalt's sets at Blizzcon this year.  I'm gonna have to say that Jay Mohr did a better job.  Call him a jock all you want (for whatever reason) but I think he treated the crowd with more respect than Patton did.  He had the tougher job of emceeing the costume/joke/dance contest, and he made it my favorite part of the 'con. 

Patton was also very funny, but let's give credit where credit is due and mention Jay Mohr's performance. 

It's very cool to piss on Jay Mohr, but... I don't know.  Let's knock that off.

Posted by Kyle

Man, I love Patton. I'd say definitely my favorite comedian. I listened to the whole Blizzcon performance and loved it.

wait a second . . . . gotta add something:

CoursinLarry : "Patton was also very funny, but let's give credit where credit is due and mention Jay Mohr's performance. 

It's very cool to piss on Jay Mohr, but... I don't know.  Let's knock that off."

Dude, what?? FUCK Jay Mohr!

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