Hangin’ in The City with Patton Oswalt

San Francisco isn’t just one of comedian Patton Oswalt’s favorite places to play on the stand-up circuit, it also serves as a proving ground for his new material.

The successful funnyman is looking forward to his appearances at Cobb’s Comedy Club this week for reasons both personal and
professional.

“There’s something about San Francisco audiences that gives you such time to breathe — no one’s in a hurry,” says Oswalt, who has also been trying out new bits for a recording during a series of monthly gigs in Southern California. “But I also appreciate Irvine’s no-nonsense attitude; I need to have the two tensions to write.”

Oswalt, who has appeared on TV’s “King of Queens” and in movies including “Big Fan” and “Ratatouille,” likes to take free time during visits to San Francisco to soak up some of The City’s vibrant culture. He’ll hit up favorite shops like pulp paperback haven Kayo Books, catch a flick at the Red Vic or the Roxie, or have dinner with friends at Andalu.

Last month, he took Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter to the Mission district restaurant before heading to the Herbst Theatre to preside over the rescheduled SF Sketchfest tribute to O’Brien, a rollicking affair that had both the audience and people onstage roaring with laughter.

“We had a really good time, we were pretty buzzed,” Oswalt laughs. “We just share a lot of the same interests, we have a pretty good rapport.”

In addition to working on a new album, Oswalt has a book called “Zombie Spaceship Wasteland” coming out in January, at which time he’ll return to San Francisco to discuss it as part of the City Arts & Lectures literary series.

“It’s a collection of essays wherein you get slices of my autobiography,” says Oswalt.

That’s about all he’s willing to say about it for now. He doesn’t want to give too much away about what will be in the book, nor what new topics fans can expect him to skewer onstage this week.

“I hate explaining myself in abstract, I just can’t do it,” He says.

IF YOU GO
Patton Oswalt

Where: Cobb’s Comedy Club,
915 Columbus Ave., San Francisco
When: 8 p.m. Thursday and Sunday; 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Tickets: $25.50 to $30.50
Contact: (415) 928-4320,
www.cobbscomedyclub.com

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