Summary: "Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakable addiction. It wasn't drugs, alcohol, or sex. It was film. After moving to Los Angeles, Oswalt became a huge film buff, absorbing classics and new releases at least three nights a week at the New Beverly Cinema. Silver screen celluloid became Oswalt's life schoolbook, informing his notions of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships. Set in the nascent days of the alternative comedy scene, Oswalt's memoir chronicles his journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective supporting him all along the way."--Front flap of jacket.Content Notes:
Movie freaks and sprocket fiends: the New Beverly Cinema, May 20, 1995 -- My first four Night Cafés: Arles, France, September 1888 -- The Largo: Los Angeles, 1996 -- No small actors: Down periscope, 1995 -- Meat and potatoes: Los Angeles, August 1995 -- Overdosing: Los Angeles, October 21-22, 1995 -- You can, unfortunately, go home again: Sterling, Virginia, Thanksgiving 1996 -- The day the clown didn't cry: the Powerhouse Theatre, January 27, 1997 -- Amsterdam: January 7-13, 1998 -- The knave of Queens: March 26-27, 1998 -- Killer Burger and the myth of the Largo: March 4-20, 1999 -- The end of the addiction: Thursday, May 20, 1999, the Vista Theatre -- First epilogue. Whistling in the dark -- Second epilogue. The second-to-last Night Café: April 15, 2009 -- Acknowledgments -- Appendix. Four years of films.Notes:
Includes list of films viewed (pages 189-222).