Patrice O’Neal Dead At 41By Luis Prada
Damn it. Damnitdamnitdamn.
Well, it seems that we’ve lost yet another terrifically funny stand-up comedian. After suffering a stroke this past October, Patrice O’Neal died last night.
For those that don’t know of Patrice’s work, he was, and always will be, one of those comedians that can simultaneously be highly offensive and controversial but also extremely funny. Patrice was a diamond in the rough. When a lot of comedians rely on shock value and sacrifice actual comedy to gain a following, Patrice somehow found a way to do and be both, and, perhaps even more impressive, he made it look effortless; as if he had pulled up a seat next to you in a bar and just started talking. When he was on stage you got the feeling that nothing he was saying was an act or an affectation – those were his words, his thoughts, his views, and goddamn were they funny. Everything he said was his interpretation of truth and nothing less.
Below are a few videos featuring Patrice doing what he did best — making us laugh.
Patrice, you will be missed.