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Janeane Garofalo, Patton Oswalt

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This double bill features feisty, politically fed-up comedians best known for their TV and film work (both can be heard in Disney's forthcoming animated adventure Ratatouille). After making more than 40 movies, Janeane Garofalo still gives off the vibe she did in 1996's The Truth About Cats & Dogs, relying heavily on hard sarcasm and unflagging pessimism. Unlike most stand-ups, the unpretentious Garofalo eschews jokes for amusing anecdotes and observations and emphasizes personality over shtick. Patton Oswalt--probably best known as Spence on The King of Queens, which just wrapped up its ninth and final season--is a tireless advocate of the burgeoning "alternative" comedy movement. One of a handful of comedy acts on indie label Sub Pop, he masterminded 2005's Comedians of Comedy Tour, which played at rock venues. Called the "funnyman's funnyman" by Jimmy Kimmel, Oswalt can be relentless: last year he grossed out Conan O'Brien with a bit about a 67-year-old woman giving birth, which he likened to "pushing an uncooked Cornish game hen through gray drapes." a Tue 6/19, 7 (sold out) and 10:30 PM, Lakeshore Theater, 3175 N. Broadway, 773-472-3492, $35.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photos by Kent Lanier, Ryan Russell.

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