Patton continues to find success in all areas of entertainment, 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 comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with Ben Stiller, as well as his starring role on Adult SwimÂ’s The Heart, She Holler. He is also the narrator on ABCÂ’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 ReitmanÂ’s film Young Adult, starring opposite Charlize Theron. In 2009, Patton received critical acclaim for his performance in Robert SiegelÂ’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, PattonÂ’s most recent television special, Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, added to his four critically acclaimed albums, including Finest Hour (2012) which received a Grammy nomination for Â“Best Comedy Album,Â” 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, Burn Notice, Patton also voiced characters on The Simpsons and BobÂ’s Burgers. He was a series regular on ShowtimeÂ’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 BlackÂ’s Root Of All Evil. In 2009, Patton appeared in Steven SoderberghÂ’s feature film The Informant, and Observe and Report with Seth Rogen.
Patton provided the voice for Â‘RemyÂ’, the rat, in Pixar's Oscar winning 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 Â‘SpenceÂ’ on The King of Queens on CBS for nine seasons, as well as appearing on Seinfeld, Reaper, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Tim and EricÂ’s Awesome Show, Great Job!
PattonÂ’s first published book Zombie Spaceship Wasteland was released in January 2011 and is a New York Times Best Seller.