Patton Oswalt Returning to Stand-Up Comedy Following Wife’s Death
Funnyman Patton Oswalt is ready to go back into his stand-up comedy act following his wife’s sudden death earlier this year. The King of Queens star, 47, lost his crime writer wife Michelle McNamara suddenly in April, when she passed away in her sleep at just 46.
He has been candid about the loss over the past few months, and on Saturday, Oswalt announced he is getting back to his comedy roots for the first time since her death. “I’m gonna start doing stand-up again next month. This is the closest I can come to a reason why,” he said, sharing a link to a clip from acclaimed drama Deadwood. In the scene, Ian McShane’s character Al offers up hard-hitting advice, saying, “Pain or damage don’t end the world – or despair, or f**king beatings. The world ends when you’re dead. Until then, you got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man, and give some back.” The announcement comes weeks after the actor wrote an emotional essay about the difficult 102 days that have passed since McNamara’s death, promising fans he would “start being funny again soon.” “I’m going to start telling jokes again soon,” he wrote. “And writing. And acting in stuff and making things I like and working with friends on projects and do all the stuff I was always so privileged to get to do before the air caught fire around me and the sun died. It’s all I knew how to do before I met Michelle. I don’t know what else I’m supposed to do now without her.”