Patton Oswalt: Annihilation

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A disarmingly perceptive exploration of loss, Patton Oswalt: Annihilation finds the comic deftly balancing his off-beat humor with an profoundly cathartic edge.



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Comedian Patton Oswalt returns to Netflix with "Patton Oswalt: Annihilation." The deeply personal and powerful stand-up special dives 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. Oswalt also explores topics including the angst of social media, the current political climate and being tricked by robocalls. Filmed at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre, the one-hour stand-up special premieres globally on Netflix Tuesday, October 17, coming on the heels of his Emmy (R) award-winning comedy special, "Talking for Clapping."


Critic Reviews for Patton Oswalt: Annihilation

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (13)

  • Patton Oswalt goes back to work in this brutally funny instant-classic stand-up special, 18 months after the sudden death of his wife, true-crime writer Michelle McNamara.

    Jul 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Annihilation is courageous most as evidence of a master comedian choosing to continue to think, even when thought is the enemy.

    Oct 26, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

    Dennis Perkins

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  • There aren't many stand-up comics with the courage to take audiences into the depths of some dark emotions and and still bring them back laughing.

    Oct 26, 2017 | Full Review…
  • It's a beautiful tonal balancing act for an artist to even attempt an anecdote that both makes you laugh and cry, but Oswalt does it simply by being a talented, natural speaker.

    Oct 17, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Annihilation isn't a call for sympathy, it's a plea for empathy.

    Oct 17, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Steve Greene

    Top Critic
  • Deeply poignant and utterly breathtaking, it made me cry and laugh - sometimes simultaneously - delving into emotions rarely laid bare on such a public stage.

    Jul 10, 2019 | Full Review…

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