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Here is the twelfth edition of Tom Nob’s Thursday Notes. TN2 serves as a brief summary of what good humor we have found during the past week plus some suggestions for the upcoming weekend.
“ALL THINGS PATTON OSWALT”
New Films in Theaters
This week Patton Oswalt gets to display his acting chops by starring in Big Fan, a dramatic comedy written/directed by the man who wrote The Wrestler. Word on the street is that PO may be rearranging the bric-a-brac on his fireplace mantle just in case some statues start coming his way. Really, you ask? Just remember two words…Marisa Tomei.
New on DVD
Patton Oswalt: My Weakness Is My Strength. Of couse PO is just being modest because everyone knows that he really has no weakness. His latest stand-up special for Comedy Central is the latest proof. Other options this week include Adventureland, Rudo y Cursi, Sushine Cleaning, and Goodbye Solo.
New Audio Recordings
Don’t know how to operate a DVD player, then go straight to audio and listen to the whole album of Patton Oswalt: My Weakness Is My Strength. Just imagine PO as a tall, handome black man and it will all make sense. If it doesn’t then it probably means that you are listening to Kevin Hart: Live at the Laff House, Vol. 1.
Raising Jake by Charlie Carillo. No, Charlie Carillo is not the nom de plume of PO, at least not that we know of, but regardless this book is getting some good reviews. If you are a Kindle user, Amazon is currently offering the electronic version for the low-low price of $0.00.
Moonlighting – watch full episodes of a pioneer in the dramatic comedy sub-genre. We bet that PO was a fan of the show.
All this talk about weakness, strength and tall, handsome black men has got us thinking about track and field. (You too?) Based on outward appearances, we have serious doubts that Patton Oswalt was much of a track star in high school or college. The physique is definitely better suited for some of the field events but statemets like “my weakness is my strength” seems to poke holes in this theory as well. All of this leads naturally, or maybe not so naturally, to Caster Semenya, the 18-year old South African track star who has had her gender questioned after she crushed the competition in the 800 meter at the recent World Athletics Championships in Berlin. The International Assocation of Athletics Federation is suggesting that the gender test is necessary to determine whether Ms. Caster has a “rare medical condition that would give her a unfair advantage.” In other words, they will need to decide if she is “enough” of a woman to compete as a woman. Our bet is that she will retain her medal and acquire yet another title: King of Queens. We are sure that Oscar-winner Patton Oswalt would endorse the decision.