Patton Oswalt will host the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 1, 2014.
The loosey-goosey event is held as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. This ceremony, which honors the best in independent film, will be held Saturday March 1, the day before the Oscars. The premiere broadcast will air later that evening at 10 pm ET/PT exclusively on IFC.
“Patton is an incredibly talented writer, actor and comedian whose irreverent humor is the perfect fit for our show,” said executive producer Diana Zahn-Storey. “We couldn’t be more thrilled that he will be hosting the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards.”
Commented Jennifer Caserta, IFC president and general manager, “Patton’s quick wit and ridiculously funny take on society and pop culture is perfect for IFC and perfect for this event. We are thrilled our viewers will be able to enjoy this year’s show with this incredible talent and distinctive voice at the helm.”
Patton Oswalt is a funny guy who’s been successful in many areas of entertainment. From the IFC release:
“From his Grammy-nominated comedy specials to his many memorable guest roles on his favorite TV shows (including ‘Parks and Recreation,’ for which he received a TV Critics Choice Award), in addition to the upcoming comedy ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ coming out this December, with Ben Stiller, as well as his starring role on ‘Adult Swim’s The Heart, She Holler.’ He is also the narrator on ABC’s breakout comedy ‘The Goldbergs.’
“Last year he was recognized for his work on the big screen, nominated for a Critics Choice Award for his brilliant performance in Jason Reitman’s film ‘Young Adult,’ starring opposite Charlize Theron. In 2009, Patton received critical acclaim for his performance in Robert Siegel’s ‘Big Fan’; the film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and Patton earned a Gotham Award nomination for his performance.”
As a comedian, Patton has shot four TV specials and four critically acclaimed albums, including his latest “Finest Hour,” which received a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album, as well as a Showtime one-hour special of the same name. In 2009, Patton received his first Grammy nomination for his album “My Weakness Is Strong,” which was distributed through Warner Brothers Records.
In addition to his guest roles this past year on “Parks and Recreation,” “Justified,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Portlandia,” and “Burn Notice,” Patton also voiced characters on “The Simpsons” and “Bob’s Burgers.”
He was a series regular on Showtime’s “United States of Tara,” appeared as a guest star on “Bored To Death” and “Flight of the Conchords” on HBO and “The Sarah Silverman Program” on Comedy Central. He also recurred on the SyFy series “Caprica.”
Patton was also a regular contributor to “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” “Real Time with Bill Maher” and Lewis Black’s “Root Of All Evil.” In 2009, Patton appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s feature film “The Informant” and “Observe and Report” with Seth Rogen.
Patton provided the voice for “Remy” the rat in Pixar’s Oscar winning animated film “Ratatouille.” He also voiced characters on “Word Girl” and “Neighbors from Hell.” Patton has also appeared in more then 20 films, including “Magnolia,” “Starsky and Hutch” and “Reno 911!: Miami.”
Patton starred in “The Comedians of Comedy,” which was shot as an independent feature film, a TV series and a long running tour.
He tours regularly and extensively, headlining both in the United States and UK, and is a regular at music festivals like Bumbershoot, Bonnaroo, Comic-Con and Coachella. Patton also has a regular bi-monthly show at the new Largo at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles. On TV, he played Spence on “The King of Queens” on CBS for nine seasons, as well as appearing on “Seinfeld,” “Reaper,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” and “Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show, Great Job!”
Patton’s first published book, “Zombie Spaceship Wasteland,” was released in January 2011 and is a New York Times Best Seller.
Anything goes at the Independent Spirit Awards, where the hosts often go blue and the fun is in seeing just how out there presenters and winners can get.