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Patton Oswalt Reveals the Sordid Truth About All Tomorrow's Parties

September 24, 2008 1:15 PM ET

On the surface, the All Tomorrow's Parties festival would seem like a pleasant getaway in rural New York. But as Patton Oswalt exlains, there's a dark underbelly. "This is where the people who were haunting the Overlook in The Shining were sent when they were way too evil," Oswalt says of Kutcher's resort, the site of the festival. "I've seen an abandoned bar, an abandoned game room and I have abandoned hope." Click above for more from Patton, including what he thinks music festivals will look like after the apocalypse and how he did on "the world's saddest putt-putt course."

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