Dan Snierson
December 05, 2013 AT 06:30 PM EST

Patton Oswalt has popped up on some of your favorite shows this year (Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Justified, Portlandia). And he’ll hop back onto the big screen on Christmas Day in Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. But let us not forget what he does best: Grab a mic and drop comedy truth nuggets.

Oswalt returns to the stage with a new stand-up special Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, which debuts on EPIX on Jan. 17. (Comedy Central will give it a basic-cable premiere in April.) Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and filmed in San Diego, the 60-minute performance features the cunning comedian tackling topics “ranging from frozen food to the future of America.” Want to see the man who coined the phrase “failure pile in a sadness bowl” while describing a KFC concoction turn his attention to Lean Cuisine? Press play and eat up.

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