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Caprican Patton Oswalt's special My Weakness Is Strong

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 26th 2009 3:01PM
Patton OswaltIf you missed Patton Oswalt's new special, My Weakness Is Strong, Sunday night on Comedy Central, you can already pick it up on DVD and CD. According to Amazon, you can but either the CD for $10.99 or get both the DVD and CD in one package for ... $10.99. Either way, it's worth it to get the DVD.

My Weakness was a good special on Comedy Central, but it's a better special on DVD. There are a few extra bits on the DVD/CD release (the jacket lists it at 64 minutes, and the TV special, deducting times for commercials, was probably about 44 minutes). It also features some amusing bonus features, including a commercial for how you can make money selling products for AVT, a merchandise warehouse operation (with guests Zach Galifianakis and Paul F. Tompkins).

The bleeping from the Comedy Central version doesn't make an enormous difference, but it does break up the flow of the routines enough that it's a relief to watch it uncensored. The material is funny either way, but Oswalt, the former English major, has an especially deft touch with a turn of phrase, and it's a shame to interrupt it.

I especially enjoyed his reasoning for losing weight - because he would be easy prey in any post-apocalyptic free-for-all. He would certainly be captured by marauders who would abuse him and, as he so wonderfully put it, his "dirt button." His take on religion and "sky cake" is also priceless.

Here's a quick taste of the special from the Comedy Central site:

Patton Oswalt - I Hate
Joke of the Day Stand-Up Comedy Free Online Games

In other Oswalt news, the comedian will be part of the cast of SyFy's upcoming Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica, in which he will play a Caprican comedian and talk show host called Baxter Sarno. And his new film, Big Fan, is in theaters this month.

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