Patton Oswalt performs stand-up set from his front yard during quarantine: 'Entertainers must offer hope'

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The viral videos of Italians singing and dancing from their apartment balconies during the country's lockdown have inspired Patton Oswalt. The 51-year-old actor and comedian shared a video of himself performing a stand-up set from his front yard as he’s staying put amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a message on Twitter, Oswalt said he wants to offer "hope and humor" to his neighbors "in this time of quarantine."

Patton Oswalt performs stand-up in his front yard to offer "hope and humor" to his neighbors. (Photo: Reuters)
Patton Oswalt performs stand-up in his front yard to offer "hope and humor" to his neighbors. (Photo: Reuters)
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"All right, folks! Thanks for staying in tonight, I hope you guys are isolating and securing in place," he begins in the video. "This COVID-19, I tell ya. I didn't see COVID 1 through 18, so I don't really know what this is all about. But hey, you know, great time to catch up on your streaming stuff."


Oswalt then spots his 10-year-old daughter, Alice, walking a dog in front of their house.

"Oh hey, how you doing there, how are you doing today?" The Goldbergs narrator asks.

"You suck!" Alice jokingly yells back.

People across the street are also watching Oswalt's shtick.

"You know folks, let's be sure to tip your food delivery people, but don't touch them," he quips. "Don't touch them, and yeah. I'll be here for another 40 minutes if anyone has a first date or a wedding anniversary. Something."

Oswalt concludes by saying he was "in King of Queens."

Apparently, Jay Leno enjoyed Oswalt's routine.

Oswalt's wife, Meredith Salenger, joked his performance was "almost as inspiring" as those in Italy.

The actor isn't the only celebrity trying to use his talents to try and entertain people at home. Chris Martin did a livestream on Coldplay's Instagram Monday where he gave followers a private concert.

John Legend vowed to do the same thing Tuesday.

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