Today, The A.V. Club is excited to introduce a new video series, Stand Down. We’ve asked some of our favorite stand-up comedians to share a short anecdote about a memorably tough gig, which we re-create with animation.

Kicking it all off is the inimitable Patton Oswalt, who had a nice man completely decimate his material at a show early in his career. Next week: Maria Bamford has a rough experience on morning radio.