You’d be hard-pressed to find a modern comedian who as influential, who is quoted as often, or who holds a higher average ranking among today’s self-described comedy nerds than Patton Oswalt. The veteran alt-comic has parlayed his decades of prickly witticisms expelled on stage into acting work in sitcoms and film, a book deal, and success as the voice of an animated rodent chef in a massive Disney hit. As his reach expanded, the humorist’s deft dismantling of contemporary culture—from pointed political material to his iconic bit about KFC’s “Famous Bowl”—hasn’t suffered in the slightest, as evidenced by his great 2014 special Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time. Sadly, though, Milwaukee hasn’t been able to witness Oswalt’s stand-up skill set first hand since his Pabst Theater appearance way back in 2011.
That will change early next year when the beloved comic and Ratatouille star will return to town to headline Laugh It Up Milwaukee 2016 at Riverside Theater on Saturday, January 30. The rare Oswalt outing will benefit the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and Special Olympics Wisconsin. Reserved tickets for the benefit range from $45 to $95 and can be purchased starting at noon on Friday, November 20.