The Playboy Interview: How Patton Oswalt Carved a Path from Tragedy Back to the Stage
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The Playboy Interview: How Patton Oswalt Carved a Path from Tragedy Back to the Stage

There are many ways you could describe the life of Patton Oswalt over the past year and a half. “Normal” is not one of them. Consider: On April 21, 2016, Oswalt, an award-winning stand-up comedian and actor known for, among many other things, his nine years on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens and for voicing Remy in the animated hit Ratatouille, found that his wife of nearly 11 years had died in her sleep in their Los Angeles home. The sudden passing of crime writer Michelle McNamara, 46, sparked outpourings of support for Oswalt and his and McNamara’s then seven-year-old daughter, Alice, from fans, celebrities and total strangers the world over. On August 1, 2016, Oswalt, who for years has touched on his struggles with depression and anxiety in his stand-up routines, took to social media to grieve. He wrote on Facebook about how “102 days at the mercy of grief and loss feels like 102 years and you have shit to show for it.” But even then he was able to offer a glimmer…

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