Patton Oswalt is coping with a tumultuous year the only way he knows how — through humor. His new hour-long comedy special, “Patton Oswalt: Annihilation,” is set to debut on Netflix October 17. The Emmy-winning comedian will be talking about overcoming grief during what he described, in a March Facebook post, as “easily the most horrific 12 months I’ve had to wade through in my 48 years on the planet.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, the special was filmed at Chicago’s Athenaeum Theatre and will address the devastating loss of his wife, Michelle McNamara, who died suddenly last April. Enjoying Oswalt’s award-winning 2016 special “Talking For Clapping” wasn’t easy for fans of the comedian, considering the news of his wife’s passing hit the day before its release. But a year later, fans can expect closure, hope, and many, many jokes about the president.
The show was recorded during the 4th Annual Comedy Festival, where Oswalt performed only two sets. In an interview with Vanity Fair, he revealed that he will never do this material live again, along with taking a break from paid gigs to focus on taking care of his young daughter, Alice.
Other topics like social media and robocalls will also be discussed in Oswalt’s second Netflix special. Aside from stand-up comedy, the actor has been keeping himself incredibly busy. Not only is he always quick with a joke on Twitter, Patton Oswalt has since met someone, gotten engaged, appeared in the feature film “The Circle,” guest-starred on “Veep,” “Lady Dynamite,” “The Goldbergs,” and appeared in the recent “Mystery Science Theater 3000” revival.
Check out the trailer for ‘Patton Oswalt: Annihilation’ below.