As he explained in an eloquently-written post on his official site today, comedian Patton Oswalt tonight is auctioning off a great deal of memorabilia he acquired during his nine years playing Spence on the massively successful CBS series King of Queens. He’s doing so to raise money for his favorite radio station, listener-funded WFMU in Jersey City, NJ, which is broadcasted locally and streamed online.
The items up for grabs are his “Patton Oswalt” chair used on set, the series finale script signed by the entire cast and crew, his Sony Studios ID, his crew jacket and the pair of Doc Marten boots he wore on 122 episodes in which he appeared. Oswalt explains the items have been sitting in his office and served as a positive reminders of his good fortune. He writes, in part:
But I feel like I’ve absorbed what I needed, during those amazing years where I got to play poker on Friday nights that the superlative writing staff of The King of Queens, got to go to Vegas on those big charter buses we’d rent, would smoke weed and sip scotch with the producers, and made enough money so I could finance stuff like The Comedians of Comedy, and my first couple of albums which, let’s face it, if I didn’t have King of Queens money, would never ever ever have happened. The Jacket. The Chair. The Boots. The Card and The Script. A Tarot Deck of Five, reminding me that fortune’s only good if you use it to pay for and perpetuate the stuff you love.
And now it’s time for them to go. Just like it will be time, someday, for my Comedians of Comedy tour jacket (one of only five in existence) to get auctioned off to raise money for something. The way I auctioned off my “Famous Mortimer” Globochem jersey (the only one of its kind, from Mr. Show) to raise money for the L.A. Food Bank a few years ago. Memories mean more than objects to me. And if I ever lose my memory? Well, then what good is a roomful of objects going to be except to remind me how much of my memory I’ve lost?
You can read the entire post here. If you want to become the new owner of these great comedy gets — and support a killer radio station — you’ll want to call 1-800-989-9368 tonight between 9pm to midnight EST. Good luck, comedy lovers.