Patton Oswalt Sends a Message to Rude Theatergoers

The stand-up comedian helped record another anti-texting PSA for the Alamo Drafthouse on a recent trip to the theater.
Sat December 17, 2011 3:37 am
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Patton Oswalt, who was in Austin with director Jason Reitman (Juno, Thank you for Smoking)  to attend a screening of Young Adult , helped record another anti-texting PSA for the Alamo Drafthouse. The stand-up comedian took the opportunity to reenact the infamous  outraged voicemail that a theatergoer left earlier this June after she was booted from the theater for texting , Austin CultureMap reported. That video made its rounds on the Internet, becoming something of a cult sensation. Oswalt and Reitman "decided to pay a little homage to the explosive (and possibly inebriated) rant," Ryan Lakich wrote. 

In the new PSA, Reitman plays a server who approaches a texting Oswalt and asks him to put his phone away. "I'm sending a text and it's gonna go away," Oswalt replies, slurring his words, before stumbling out of the theatre in a rage. He then records the voicemail, with the same inflections as the original. 

The reenactment is not only a warning against texting, but also a reminder "to never leave the Drafthouse a ridiculous voice mail, because you will be made fun of until the end of time," Caitlin Moore wrote in Austinist.
 
Watch the reenactment below, but beware of the salty language: 

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