Patton Oswalt may be the least likely Renaissance man.
The celebrated comedian, TV writer, voice actor and TV and film actor can now add memoirist to his cache.
In “Zombie Spaceship Wasteland,” out early next month, Oswalt offers a collection of essays inspired by eccentric relatives, his experiences working at a movie theater, a passionate defense of Dungeons and Dragons, and even a parody of the vampire trend, in comic-book form.
The title? It refers to Oswalt’s theory that young boys’ minds are drawn only to zombies, spaceships or wastelands (he was partial to the latter, which explains why he’s constantly mining our wasteland of pop culture and fatty foods for comedic inspiration).
Oswalt, whom you may already know from his frequent “Comedy Central” appearances, or work on “The King of Queens,” “Ratatouille,” and, in a startling change of pace, last year’s “Big Fan,” will read from his new book — and take your questions — on Jan. 8 at the Warsaw in Greenpoint.
“When we saw that Patton had a memoir coming out I was like, Oh my gosh, we have to have him,” said Jenn Northington, event manager at Greenpoint’s Word bookstore, which is organizing the event. “It’s an amazing book. It should be a good time.”
Patton Oswalt at Warsaw [261 Driggs Ave. at Eckford Street in Greenpoint, (718) 387-0505], Jan. 8 at 5 pm. Tickets $25, and include a copy of Oswalt’s new book. For info, visit www.wordbrooklyn.com.
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