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LAist Interview: Patton Oswalt, Big Fan

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I recently had a fan moment when I found myself on an elevator with the star of Big Fan, Patton Oswalt. “I LOVE The United States of Tara!” I gushed as I hugged this perfect stranger. He could not have been more warm and adorable as he chatted with me about the show and how glad he was that my mom loves it, too, and he told me to tell her to keep watching, even though she lives in China and downloads it illegally. (What? They don’t have Showtime.)

We got off on the same floor. I was on my way to interview the guys from World’s Greatest Dad and the Big Fan press junket was happening down the hall. After Robin and Bobcat wrapped up, Patton came by and we got to chatting. Turns out we’re both from Virginia. He grew up in NOVA (that’s Northern Virginia, outside of D.C.) where I lived for years before moving to Los Angeles, and he went to college in Williamsburg, down the road from where I grew up in Virginia Beach. I was having so much fun talking to Patton that I almost didn’t think to record our conversation, but I did, so here’s a little fan chat with the Big Fan himself.

Patton: Hey, I know you. You’re from the elevator. You’re a reporter?

LAist: Yeah. I write for LAist.

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Patton: LAist. That’s a great website. When I read a restaurant review on LAist I’m like, “Okay, this person has actually been to that restaurant.” It’s like they found someplace great and want to tell you about it. They aren’t just spouting off some assignment piece.