"Didn't Sterling get bombed hard enough when AOL put its headquarters there, turning the once-haunted, imagination-sparking countryside into a dead-horizon slab of strip malls, hive housing and multiplexes?"

-- Comedian Patton Oswalt, writing in his blog,

at www.pattonoswalt.com, on March 1

So, tell us how you really feel, Patton.

Based on the above and other comments he's been known to make, it's probably safe to say that Patton Oswalt doesn't look back fondly on growing up in Northern Virginia.

Fans of the caustic comedian's stand-up routines are likely to be in for a treat when he plays the State Theater in Falls Church tomorrow night.

Oswalt has described himself as a geek and a "teenage shut-in" while he was a student at Broad Run High School in Ashburn. He has since become an acclaimed comic on the U.S. circuit.

He has a regular role on the CBS sitcom "The King of Queens" and has made frequent appearances on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Oswalt's film credits include "Starsky and Hutch," "Blade III" and "Zoolander." He has appeared in comedy specials on HBO and Comedy Central, and his CD of stand-up material, "Feelin' Kinda Patton," was well received when it was released last year.

Tomorrow night's show will present the comedian, who also briefly lived in Herndon, with an uncommon opportunity to skewer Northern Virginia with his Hollywood-honed wit.

Baltimore-based comedian Erik Myers will open the show. Doors open at 7; showtime is at 9.

-- C. WOODROW IRVIN

The State Theater is at 220 N. Washington St. in Falls Church. Tickets are $18 and are available at the theater box office or through Ticketmaster at 703-573-7328. For more information, call 703-237-0300 or visit www.thestatetheater.com.

Comedian Patton Oswalt, who grew up in Northern Virginia, performs tomorrow. He has appeared on TV and in movies and has released a CD.