Patton Oswalt’s Just For Laughs Keynote Address

Patton Oswalt 2012 Just For Laughs Keynote Address echoed across the the comedy community, and became the talk of the festival when he divided his audience into two letters: one addressed to comedians, and one to the gate keepers.

Patton Oswalt is best known for his role in the hit sitcom “King of Queens” and for his alternative self-produced comedy tour film, “Comedians of Comedy”. As a respected comedian, Patton was asked to deliver the Keynote Address at the 2012 Just for Laughs Comedy Conference and as expected, he did not disappoint. Patton divided his thought provoking advice into two separate letters, one addressed to comedians, both seasoned and new, and the other to the gate keepers of entertainment. In these letters Patton addresses the very topical wave of understanding that technology has changed the comedy game forever. No longer can comedians sit and wine about the lack of opportunity or luck they are given, and no more can the powers that be think and delegate distribution or production deals with traditional schools of thought. The best made and most popular content will float to the top with or without traditional models, and the people will watch it.

Last year iThentic was lucky enough to check out the Just For Laughs Comedy Conference, which gave the crew access to some of the industries most talented and influential players!

The Just For Laughs Comedy Conference is a unique, annual, global gathering of the biggest names in the comedy world that explores all facets of comedy. You can’t get any closer than this to the biggest stars and the biggest players in the comedy industry. Past participants include: Judd Apatow, Todd Phillips, Jay Roach, Paul Feig, Lewis Black, Steven Levitan, Jason Reitman, Ivan Reitman, Edgar Wright, Louis CK, Dan Harmon, Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron, Chelsea Handler, Adam Carolla, just to name a few!

With this incredible access iThentic has produced a series of candid and hilarious behind the scenes conversations with some major industry personalities. The series also allows a unique insider perspective on the pitch process and industry advice often shared behind closed doors. Segments from the series include conversations with Patton Oswalt, Paul F. Tompkins, Shane Dawson, Lloyd (Epic Lloyd) Ahlqhist, Grace Helbig, Andy Kindler, Todd Barry, Burnie Burns, Mark Little, Mike Farah (Funny or Die), Lee Aronsohn (Two & A Half Men), Casey Bloys (HBO), Bill Prady (Big Bang Theory), Sam Reich (College Humor), Kent Alterman (Comedy Central), Jennifer Caserta (IFC), Kevin Beggs (Lionsgate), Ben Relles (YouTube), Andy Nulman (Just for Laughs President) and many more!

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