Tonight's Jeopardy! had a lovely, subtle tribute to Michelle McNamara and Patton Oswalt

Long-time Jeopardy! fans know that the show’s writers like to get creative with their category titles, threading in themes, rhymes, and fun little punchlines for attentive fans to catch. (An example from a recent episode: The actor-focused “Jeff Bridges” in the first round leading into the geographical “Beaux Bridges”…

Patton Oswalt has a very good take on Heath Ledger's Joker

Pondering the origins of the Batman universe’s Joker has proven to be a fruitful pastime, one that changes and evolves depending on which version of the character you’re exploring. There are a few stories out there—Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke, for example, or Tim Burton’s Batman—as well as a…

On Late Night, Patton Oswalt talks about the capture of his late wife’s nemesis, the Golden State Killer

Booked to promote his beleaguered turn as A.P. Bio’s “authority figure with no authority” Principal Durbin, Patton Oswalt instead spent much of his time on Wednesday’s Late Night telling Seth Meyers about a killer. On the same day that authorities revealed they had arrested Joseph James DeAngelo as the notorious…

"Think you got him, Michelle": I'll Be Gone In The Dark team confirms Golden State Killer arrest

In what we hope to be the satisfying coda that all involved feared might never come, Fox 40 Sacramento reports that an arrest has been made in the case of the East Area Rapist, also known as the Golden State Killer, “the most prolific unsolved serial killing case probably in modern history,” according to Sacramento…

Patton Oswalt dusts off his sitcom filibuster talents to mourn—at length—the death of ska

Among his many accomplishments, Patton Oswalt is rightly famous for his ability to talk for basically forever on any number of topics, something he once proved—at length—on behalf of Star Wars, the X-Men, and Parks And Recreation’s people of Pawnee. Now, Oswalt’s latest gig, NBC’s A.P. Bio, has tapped into his ability…

A.P. Bio begins finding its rhythms with a pair of character-building episodes

A few things before we break down tonight’s pair of episodes. One, y’all who watched ahead were right: “Burning Miles” was absolutely meant to be the second episode in the series. Two, NBC still aired it after “Overachieving Virgins,” which more or less works fine as a third episode. After watching both, last Sunday’s…

A.P. Bio's blunt force humor compensates for its sloppy storytelling in a strange second episode

Welcome back! What a strange rollout this has been, eh? A.P. Bio’s pilot aired earlier this month, then the series bailed for three weeks due to the Olympics, then they aired the second episode after the closing ceremony, and now the third’s coming later this week. Oh, and the first three episodes are already up on…

Glenn Howerton is hilarious, but A.P. Bio is more aware of the stories it's not telling than the ones it is

A.P. Bio knows what you’re expecting: A bitter, caustic intellectual who, after being forced into a teaching job he finds beneath him, discovers a newfound passion and a fresh sense of optimism thanks to the wide-eyed wonder of his students. It’s to creator Mike O’Brien’s benefit, then, that the pilot not only…

At least Disney can finally make Patton Oswalt's Star Wars/X-Men/Avengers crossover dreams a reality

We’re still trying to wrap our heads around the far-reaching consequences—some weird, many worrying—of Disney’s decision to buy a big chunk of 21st Century Fox this week, bringing any number of beloved properties under its omnipresent umbrella. Still, even as worries about media monopolization gnaw at our hearts, it’s…

More than anything, Happy! is a great second act for Chris Meloni

Even if you haven’t read Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s comic book, there’s a lot about Syfy’s Happy! adaptation that will feel familiar. The gritty underworld, an indifferent or oblivious populace, and the one man keeping the darkness at bay can all be found individually or in various combos on everything from…

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Patton Oswalt goes slumming with some of Mike Huckabee’s terrible jokes again

Even if Patton Oswalt hadn’t just released a superb and wrenching stand-up special—which was preceded by the hilarious Talking For Clapping, and yes, a whole career in comedy and TV—he’d still be miles above Mike Huckabee’s “jokes,” i.e., tweeted musings that really only amuse the former governor.

In his new standup special, Patton Oswalt makes a triumphant return from Annihilation

There’s no better standup working today than Patton Oswalt, his observational skills turning anecdotes into painfully funny short stories, and insults into dizzyingly nimble tirades. For the first 35 minutes of his new Netflix special, Patton Oswalt: Annihilation, Oswalt is the comic we expect, even as his elaborately…

“You’ve got to walk yourself to the edge”: Patton Oswalt talks despair and defiance

Patton Oswalt made his name as a stand-up comedian mining absurdity from his life—sharply observed and frequently paired with deft pop culture allusions, cutting self-deprecation, and a zeal for obscenity. That has driven eight stand-up albums and specials, but his flair for the absurd has never been more devastating…