Patton Oswalt hasn't historically been shy when it comes to expressing his thoughts on comedy—he's an expert, after all. And he tends not to keep quiet when bullshit infects his world, like when a college valedictorian stole his bit, or when he got into a skirmish with a lady recording his show after being asked not to. (And here's an old argument Patton had with David Cross right here on The A.V. Club back in 2008!)
Earlier today, Oswalt posted a massive piece of writing broken into three chunks, in which he offers his take on comedians who steal jokes (and the public that doesn't care), a worldwide misperception about the shittiness of heckling, and rape jokes. Any sort of summation can't really do his 6000 words justice, but it's an absolutely worthwhile read from a guy who—as he points out—knows what he's talking about when it comes to these subjects. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll get an admission, you'll get some learnin'. And then you'll tell us that we pay too much attention to Patton Oswalt, though somewhere lurking in your brain you'll realize that we pay him so much attention because he writes smart stuff like this, and in doing so makes us all smarter. And makes us laugh at the same time. Of course we want to marry him.
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