Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

Arts and Entertainment

Patton Oswalt To Premiere New Stand Up Special About Life After His Wife's Sudden Passing

pattonoswalt.jpg
Patton Oswalt. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images)
LAist relies on your reader support, not paywalls.
Freely accessible local news is vital. Please power our reporters and help keep us independent with a donation today.

Patton Oswalt has had quite a year. In April of last year, his wife Michelle McNamara passed away suddenly. She was 46 years old, and she and Patton had a daughter, the now-eight-year-old Alice. McNamara was a true crime writer and was in the middle of writing a book on the original Night Stalker, which Patton vowed to finish. He has since found love again, this time with fiancée Meredith Salenger, and appears to be finding new hope in the wake of such a tragic event.

Now, Oswalt is coming out with a new Netflix stand-up special, which will "dive into the last year of Patton's life, following the passing of his wife, and how he worked through the pain and grief by finding humor," according to Netflix. If there's anyone who can translate such a harrowing event into beauty and humor, it's Oswalt. The hour-long special, titled Patton Oswalt: Annihilation, will premiere on October 17. It was filmed at Chicago’s Athenaeum Theatre and follows his previous special, Talking for Clapping. The latter premiered on Netflix the day after McNamara passed away.

Bring the tissues, ok?