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March 19, 2014

House of Burgess: Limestone Comedy Festival guide II

Oswalt, Philips, Pardo coming to Bloomington.


Eight years after its founding, the total number of episodes now reaches into the four-digit arena. The show has been recorded in Bloomington twice, and is scheduled to do so again at the festival.

I also always enjoy hearing Pardo guest star on other podcasts because of his quick mind. I often suffer from what the French call “l'esprit d'escalier,” or “staircase wit,” which means I’ll think of the perfect thing to say long after the moment has passed. Pardo doesn’t seem to have this problem.

“What I’m good at, is being funny in the moment,” Pardo told me, “because not everybody can do it.”

In fact, he’s so good at it, since 2009 he has also been working the self-described “best job in the world” as warm-up comic for Conan O’Brien, first at “The Tonight Show,” and now at “Conan.”

Patton Oswalt

Almost 10 years ago, it was the summer between my junior and senior years at Indiana University. I have so many memories of my friends and me sitting around listening to the debut album by Patton Oswalt, “Feelin’ Kinda Patton.” His bits on topics including Black Angus Steakhouse, Stella D’Oro Breakfast Treats, Robert Evans and PAAS Easter Eggs made me laugh so hard my abdominal muscles were in real pain. It was then I decided Oswalt was firmly in my top five comedians ever, alongside the likes of George Carlin and Bill Hicks (the latter of whom Oswalt just released a tremendous essay about to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his death.)

In the decade since, Oswalt has proven himself repeatedly as a true polymath: starring in great movies (“Big Fan,” “Young Adult”); appearing in hilarious TV shows (“Portlandia,” “Reno 911!”); performing voice-overs (“Ratatouille,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am”); releasing more fantastic stand-up albums (“Werewolves and Lollipops,” “My Weakness Is Strong”); and writing books (including several comic books, and the memoir “Zombie Spaceship Wasteland.”)

“I have a second memoir that’s going to come out either later this year, or early next year,” he told me. I only feel surer about my original decision. I’ve yet to be disappointed.

Rob Burgess, Tribune night editor, may be reached by calling 765-454-8577, via email at rob.burgess@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter at twitter.com/robaburg.

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