Oswalt: A Profile of a Comedian and Actor
Oswalt is a comedian, actor, writer, and voice actor. He is best known for his stand-up comedy and his role as Spencer Olchin on the television series The King of Queens. He is also well known for his television and film roles, including his voice work in Ratatouille and his recurring role as Principal Durbin in The Goldbergs.
Oswalt has been performing for over 25 years and has released several stand-up comedy albums and specials. His first special, Feelin’ Kinda Patton, won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special. He has also written for television, appearing on shows such as Seinfeld, The Simpsons, and Parks and Recreation.
Oswalt was born on January 27, 1969 in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was the youngest of four children and grew up in a blue-collar, hard-working family. His mother was a marine and his father was a shipyard worker. Oswalt was always interested in comedy and performing, and he started performing stand-up in high school.
He attended The College of William & Mary, where he majored in English and was active in the school’s improv and sketch comedy group. After graduating, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in comedy.
Oswalt began his career as a stand-up comedian and soon became a regular in clubs throughout New York City. He made his television debut in 1995 on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He has since appeared on numerous late-night and talk shows, including The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
In 1998, Oswalt released his first stand-up comedy album, Feelin’ Kinda Patton. The album was a critical and commercial success, winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special. He has since released several more albums and specials, including Finest Hour (2001) and My Weakness Is Strong (2009).
In addition to his stand-up career, Oswalt has acted in numerous television and film roles. He is best known for his role as Spencer Olchin in the sitcom The King of Queens. He has also appeared in films such as Big Fan (2009) and Young Adult (2011). He has also done voice work for Pixar’s Ratatouille (2007) and The Secret Life of Pets (2016).
Oswalt is married to writer and director Michelle Eileen McNamara. They have one daughter, Alice. Oswalt is an avid collector of comic books and has been a guest at several comic book conventions. He is also a fan of heavy metal music and has expressed an interest in playing bass in a band.
Oswalt’s career achievements include:
- Winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special for Feelin’ Kinda Patton (1998)
- Being named one of the “25 Funniest People in America” by Entertainment Weekly (2005)
- Being named one of the “50 Funniest People Now” by Rolling Stone (2011)
- Being named one of the “50 Funniest Stand-Up Comics of All Time” by Rolling Stone (2012)
Oswalt is an accomplished comedian, actor, writer, and voice actor. He has been performing for over 25 years and has won numerous awards and accolades. His career achievements include winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special and being named one of the “50 Funniest People Now” by Rolling Stone. Oswalt is a respected figure in the comedy world and is sure to continue to make audiences laugh for years to come.