Whether your tastes in comedy run toward the ultra-mainstream ("King of Queens," "Two and Half Men," "Ratatoullie") or the slightly edgy ("The Heart, She Holler," "The Comedians of Comedy") there's a good chance you're a fan of Patton Oswalt.
You're not alone. Tickets are selling briskly for his upcoming show, Saturday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. But since he's performing in the center's largest space, Morsani Hall, good seats are still available.
He's probably best-known as a comic actor -- though he's had his share of serious roles as well -- but Oswalt's stand-up comedy edgy and hilarious, and it's a hit with audiences. His last four comedy albums reached No. 1 on the Billboard Comedy Albums chart, and last year's "Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time" even made it into the top 10 of the Independent Albums chart.
And in case you think that being on "King of Queens" means Oswalt has no indie cred, he's also one of the very few comedy acts who has ever been on Sub Pop, the label that defined the concept of alternative rock in the 1980s and '90s. David Cross and Flight of the Conchords were his Sub Pop labelmates.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29, Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets: $30-$50 plus service charge . Information: 813-229-7827, strazcenter.org.
-- Marty Clear