Patton Oswalt makes his living by making people laugh, but life isn’t all fun and games for the comedian.
In addition to acting and standup, Oswalt writes for Hollywood projects and has spent time on the picket line as the Writers Guild of America strike continues.
“I had a few projects I was working on — TV shows and movies — so things are kind of on hold right now,” Oswalt says. “But I definitely think it is something worth doing.”
Meanwhile, Oswalt performs Friday in San Francisco, headlining the Comedians of Comedy tour at The Independent. The bill also includes Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford, Doug Benson and Howard Kremer.
“I’m very lucky that right now I can fall back on standup,” says Oswalt, who was the voice of the main character, the rat Remy, in the hit movie “Ratatouille,” and also appeared in the sitcom “The King of Queens.”
His second comedy album, “Werewolves and Lollipops,” came out on earlier this year on Sub Pop. It includes his rants about Cirque du Soleil, “clean filth” — how TV language describing vulgar acts is worse than the actual obscene words — and his plot to kill George Lucas.
Patton, who comes back to The City to play Cobb’s Comedy Club at the end of the year, is no stranger to San Francisco. The Southern California resident lived here for three years during the early 1990s after the East Coast comedy scene turned sour.
“I wanted to keep doing standup and it was kind of folding up on the East Coast,” he says. “I heard San Francisco was a good comedy city and that turned out to be true.”
The time Oswalt spent here proved especially fruitful. He foundhimself among other comedians who motivated him to hone his craft.
“I was living in The City surrounded by all these amazing comedians and it was so much fun,” Oswalt says. “I was surrounded by such talented people, it made me work harder at what I did.”
Oswalt, who tours with comedians from The City, says, “The young scene that is coming up now is pretty fantastic.” The scene includes Brent Weinbach, who will warm up the crowd at Friday’s show.
These days, Oswalt is enjoying audiences across the country, which he says are growing and becoming increasingly aware about comedy in general.
“The crowds are a lot better,” he says “They are better educated about comedy and they are real connoisseurs, so it’s fun.”
IF YOU GO
Comedians of Comedy
Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., San Francisco
When: 9 p.m. Friday
Contact: (415) 771-1421; www.theindependentsf.com