Winter 2024 Issue

A Stand-Up Guy

Patton Oswalt ’91, D.A. ’23 returns for student show

By University Staff

On Oct. 23, comedian and actor Patton Oswalt ’91, D.A. ’23 returned to William & Mary to give two stand-up comedy shows for students and young alumni in the newly inaugurated Glenn Close Theatre in Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall.

Oswalt, who is known for such roles as Spence on the TV show “The King of Queens” and the voice of Remy in the movie “Ratatouille,” received an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from William & Mary in May 2023 and delivered the Commencement address. Oswalt has received multiple awards for his wide-ranging work, including Emmy and Grammy awards. He recently co-created the Hulu series “M.O.D.O.K.” and co-starred on the NBC comedy “A.P. Bio.”

In an exclusive interview before his shows with Daniel Kalish ’25, news editor of The Flat Hat, Oswalt reminisced about his time at William & Mary, discussed his plans to return to Williamsburg and asked when he’ll get his key to the city. Read the full interview in The Flat Hat.