A Few Words About Patrice O’Neal Who Passed Away This Week


 

The world of comedy and fans of free thought and expression are mourning the passing of Patrice O’Neal, who died today from stroke complications.  Profane, but profound, savage but sincere, raw but real, you would have to go back to Richard Pryor or George Carlin to find a comic that initiated conversation as much as laughs.  It’s difficult to be philosophical and street, but Patrice did it effortlessly.  He could take even the most hot button topic, find the angle that no one sees (or does not WANT to see), and at the very least, make you begin to understand the mindset from which that point of view is coming from.

Comedy has been a place where one could work out their anger, fear and neurosis.  When Patrice took to the stage, it felt more like a conversation than ‘an act’.  Whether its ‘Late Night With ’, the Comedy Central roasts or even on his own special, he seemed more interested in the things surrounding him than the material he’s presenting.  The opening jabs on his ‘Elephant In The Room’ special were priceless.  His appearance on the Charlie Sheen roast was an off the cuff dissection of his fellow roasters as much as it was about Charlie and it killed.  Despite the adoration of his peers, Patrice was content to have a cult following or as he called it ’boutique sales’.  But judging by the overwhelming reaction in print and online, Patrice left a mark on the world.

Patrice O’Neal once described a life in comedy as a leap of faith and you keep falling.  Thank you for taking the leap Patrice.  We are all better because you did.

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Here are some words from some friends, colleagues and people who loved him.  We’ll keep adding more as the day goes on. 

OpieRadio  Yes it’s true that our pal Patrice O’Neal has passed away. The funniest and best thinker i’ve ever known PERIOD. #devastated

AnthonyCumia Much to his chagrin, Patrice will now join the ranks of those legendary comics. I’m lucky to have known him. He transcended my racism.

JimNorton I couldn’t possibly love a friend more than I love you. Goodbye brother. lockerz.com/s/160598804

RichVos The times in my life when I have had the most fun, was because Patrice O’Neil was there. I will miss you dearly. Loved you brother. R.I.P.

iamcolinquinn:  Thanks to everybody for the Patrice ONeal comments. One of a kind. In heaven right now, charming half and infuriating half, then reversing.

billburr Never saw anything funnier than watching somebody meet Patrice for the first time. The most purely funny human being I’ve ever met.

robertkelly I’m really going to miss my friend- I love u bro instagr.am/p/Wgq34/

Jaymohr37   Just heard. Goodnight brother. Damn. Just ridiculous. Terrible. Beyond sad.

joerogan  RIP to my friend Patrice O’Neal, a great thinker, a great comic, and a great human being. He had a truly unique perspective on this world

adamferrara  Patrice O’Neal was brilliantly insightful and one of the funniest comics I’ve ever seen. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

SarahKSilverman RIP Patrice O’Neal. You made us laugh til we cried.

ThatKevinSmith  I shared some air & some air time with the man on O&A & he was always funny & thoughtful. Patrice – He WILL be missed:blog.chron.com/celebritybuzz/…

marcmaron Man, I am going to miss Patrice. Fuck, fuck, fuck. So sad. Loved that guy. He was a truly great comedian. An original. #RIPPatriceOneal

bonniemcfarlane   I really loved everything about you Patrice. Even when you were totally aggravating me. I will truly miss you.

Mrjimflorentine  Patrice O’Neal- RIP. I’m gonna miss you buddy. Thanks for making me a better comic. #Oneofthegreats

DougStanhope  RIP Patrice Oneal – one of the best ever. Inspiring every time I heard him on anything.

amyschumer Brilliant, unafraid, unapologetic. You inspired me and kept us all honest #RIPPatrice

EastSideDave  Very sad to hear about the loss of Patrice O’neal. He was one of the funniest and coolest guys period. #genius

erockradio Patrice O’Neal. Great friend of the show. Great comedian. Amazing man all around. Irreplaceable. :( pic.twitter.com/3IZEaM89

PeteDominick Sad to hear my friend and great comedian Patrice Oneal passed away today.

therealrussellp  Russell Peters 15 yrs ago I used to sleep on his couch… Great Comic, Great Dude, Terrible Loss…. RIP Patrice Oneal… See u on the otherside Homie

denisleary Patrice O’Neal. One of the funniest men who ever walked this earth. RIP.

sethmeyers21 RIP Patrice O’Neal. A day spent watching clips of him on-line is a day well spent.

Justin_Stangel:  Very sad news about Patrice ONeal. Got to hang with him a few times. Very funny on and off stage. Very sad.

rickygervais “@Exit98Guitars: I know you were a Patrice O’Neal fan. Sad news about his passing.” One of my favourite stand up comedians. So sad. RIP

SandraBernhard terribly sad to hear about patrice o’neal we had a great time on@thegreenroom a couple of years back thoughts go out to his family.

VH1 :  RIP Patrice O’Neal, comedian and former VH1 host:on.vh1.com/sWCXUm Our deepest condolences go out to his friends and family.

JimGaffigan  RIP Patrice O’Neil. Undeniably brilliant.

questlove:  so grateful i got to see Patrice Oneal do his last NYC gig. man this is so devastating. he truly was one of my favorite comics. RIPPatrice

ImprovComedyLA R.I.P. To a Great Comedian and even a Greater person, PatriceO’Neal. You will be missed!

bertkreischer Take a minute today and Enjoy what made Patrice so special:youtube.com/watch?v=B25ywe…

tompapa Sad news about Patrice ONeal. A true artist.

michaelianblack Ah, shit. I didn’t know him but I admired him. RIP Patrice O’Neil.

NickCannon  An amazing comedian and an even better person. RIP PatriceO’Neal ncannon.is/vkwhn4

charliesheen   The entertainment world as well as the world at large lost a brilliant man today. Patrice had that rare “light” aro… say.ly/Nhr13Nm

MrEdLover  Rest in Peace to a very funny guy! Patrice O’Neal! Gone too soon at 41!

PitbullofComedy  Bobby Slayton  RIP Patrice O’Neal. My condolences to his family. A very very funny man.

funnybrad  RIP Patrice O’Neal. Watch his special “Elephant In The Room” on Netflix and realize what an amazing talent we just lost. Amazing comedian

colinkane There aren’t many comics who can make other comics laugh.Patrice O’Neal was one of them. Rest in peace man, you knew what funny was.

sinbadbad One of the funniest comics I know Patrice Oneal died last nightafter previously suffering from a  stroke. I pray for yours

RiotActComedy RIP Patrice O’Neal. A truly funny AND brilliant man. You will never be forgotten.

FHrileys  The World just became a little less funny; Enjoy your return HomePatrice O’Neal, your Funny and Truthful Views… fb.me/169BvQ4fr

ComedyCentral We remember our friend: late comedian Patrice O’Neal.on.cc.com/rJjnFE

iAmNickSwardson I am saddened today by the loss of comedian Patrice O’Neal. I got the honor of knowing him. Please let his comedy live on.

ItsRubenPaul Remember being at Mel’s Diner w/Patrice. Waitress was awful & she said something smart to Patrice. Verbal Destruction ensued #PureComedy

LarryJMiller Laughter is important, and depth and a true voice add quite a lot more. Patrice had these things; I hope he has them still, somewhere.

thebrianposehn Fuck, I am so sad. Just woke up to the news. We lost another great comic and a sweet guy, Patrice ONeal. My thoughts are with his family

DougBenson  A sad day for comedians and comedy in general. #RIPPATRICE

jimjefferies  Just heard about Patrice Oneali could not have had more respectfor a comic.

love and condolences to his family.

mulaney   Dammit. Not Patrice O’Neal. He was relentlessly funny. He was amazing to watch on stage. He was important. Dammit.

nealbrennan Patrice O’Neal. I will miss you forever.

LisaLampanelli RIP, Patrice O’Neal. So glad we got to chat one last time a few years back. A true gentleman.

thecoreyholcomb We lost a real comedy warrior today. Rest in peace Mr. PatriceOneal. A true original. I thank you for what u brought to the game brother!

danecook I started my career w/ Patrice O’Neal. He was 1 of the best ever. Fond memories of road gigs, late night eats & laughs.pic.twitter.com/5h0yX17n

NickDiPaolo please say a prayer for my friend Patrice O Neal..truly one of the funniest guys to ever walk the planet..RIP Big Man

IAmJericho Sad to hear about Patrice O’Neal…I met him when he was a WWE writer and worked w him many times. Sweet guy and very funny! God bless u man

kevin_nealon Patrice O’Neal. Patrice O’Neal. Patrice O’Neal. Patrice O’Neal.Patrice O’Neal. Patrice O’Neal. Patrice O’Neal. Can’t say it enough. RIP

attell  Patrice O. Was and is one of the best comics I have ever had the pleasure to watch perform. He was wickedly funny and could care less what any one thought. He never went for the easy laugh or obvious joke and we all loved him for it.   I hope his family knows how much we all respected Patrice and how sorry we are for their loss. Thinking good thoughts for you all on this the saddest of days.

andydick RIP PATRICE O’NEAL!!! You made me laugh REAL hard many times. Thank you for that!

ohsnapjbsmoove jb smoove   R.I.P Patrice O’neal. We lost another great comic and friend. Blessing to his family at this time of loss.

CarolinesonBroadway We are deeply saddened by the tragic and untimely passing of our friend Patrice O’Neal. The comedy world has lost one of its most talented and prolific performers. Patrice gave the gift of laughter and touched so many of his fans with a brilliant and unique comedic voice. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

nerdist Chris Hardwick  Aw man…Very sad to hear about the passing of Patrice O’Neal. I didn’t know him well but he was really terrific the few times I met him.

Brooksi Patricia Brooks (stalker patti)  I heard the news today o boy..REST IN PEACE, Patrice. We love you.

cringehumor  Another tragic blow to our comedy community. RIP@BIGMOMMAPRODS we will always miss you Patrice. Real fuckin sad day.

normmacdonald The best comedian in the world has died. I love you, Patrice.

DrewFromTV  Drew Carey Just heard about Patrice O’Neal. RIP brother. My heart goes out to the family.

kevinhart4real   I’m at a lost for words………..#RIPPATRICE

OttoAndGeorge   My condolences to Patrice O’Neal’s family. The world is a sadder place without him.

birbigs Mike Birbiglia   Patrice O’Neal was one of the smartest and quickest comedians I’ve ever seen. A great loss today. youtu.be/TeCMCJc5-jg

NYCComedyCellar The Comedy Cellar.  It’s w/ a heavy heart that we remember the comic genius PatriceO’Neal. Rest in peace dear friend, the table will be quiet without you.

daraobriain Dara O Briain Very sad to hear that Patrice O’Neal has died. A very, very funny man. Did one of my favourite ever sets at Late and Live.

TheRevBobLevy  #RIP PATRICE YOU WERE A GENTLE GIANT AND A GREAT COMEDIAN

realrossnoble Ross Noble  Sad news to hear comic Patrice O”Neal has died. such a nice bloke and a great act.

AlonzoBodden RIP Patrice Oneal. Loved him. Super funny and way too young.

TCBChicago TheComedyBar-Chicago Patrice O’Neal died at the age of 41. Our hearts go out to his family and friends, the comedy world has lost a great man!

bobsaget Patrice O’Neal. So damn funny and so smart and such a giant heart.

jimmycarr   Just heard Patrice O’Neal has died. Very sad news. The only consolation: He packed a lifetimes funny into his 41 years. Legend.

TalibKweli Talib Kweli Greene  RIP to Patrice O’Neal. Super funny and I had the pleasure of meeting the man. We will miss you.

chuckpalahniuk Chuck Palahniuk We lost a great comedian yesterday. RIP Patrice O’Neal. Here he is discussing ‘Fight Club’ – youtu.be/pfipIzr4JXE @OpieRadio

 

 

SiriusXM posted this clip today, from Patrice’s appearance on Unmasked.

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114 comments
Heartscentsusan
Heartscentsusan

Patrice...you changed my life...I will miss hearing you on O&A.

Christinahugg
Christinahugg

Spent the weekend listening to O & A channel. Saw Patrice 3 times including taping of elephant in the room but feel most connected to him from the O & A show. Deepest condolences to Patrice's family, Opie, Anthony, Jimmy, Bobby Kelley, Bill Burr, Louis C. K. , Dave Atell, Ron, Fez, and all the other comics who were close to him. Just so you know, I would feel just as sad and lost if anything happened to any of you. Please take care of yourselves. Although you don't know me, nor did Patrice, I consider you beloved friends.
Christina Huggins

Lady Trucker
Lady Trucker

Here's Patrice's last interview via Opies twitter. GOOD INTERVIEW! THIS SO SUCKS RT @thisis50 - @OpieRadio RIP! Patrice Oneal's Last Interview - http://t.co/0rrSFazO

Chris Gatti
Chris Gatti

I know a lot of people share the sentiment of losing a friend. I didn't know him personally nor ever met him but because of how much I listened over the years to the show and sought out his comedy it feels like I lost someone. He was a remarkable character, force of nature, comedic genius and a brilliant mind. His loss will be felt for a very long time however I am happy to have known his body of work. Rest in peace Patrice as you make them laugh in the next life.

rwheele
rwheele

Gonna miss you Patrice

Casey Hager
Casey Hager

Kinison, Hicks and Patrice are in heaven and we're here with Vos. Goodbye cruel world...

Darryld69
Darryld69

Patrice was the one man I would make sure to listen to the O&A repeat if I knew he was on. Everything else was put on hold when he was on. Every word was ear candy with substance. Elephant in the Room was the the standup that I laughed at the most in years. Thank you Sir for the best entertainment ever. You will be missed.

Ajc55ny
Ajc55ny

I am so sad we lost Patrice. I really wish he had the chance to rise to the comedy superstar status I always thought he had in him. With enough time, he surely would have. He was THAT good. But Patrice, though blessed with comic talent, was denied the gift of time. I loved Patrice because he was a real man. One that made no apologies for being a man and one who had a talent for making you like him, no matter what. God bless you and rest in peace.

Kurt Muller
Kurt Muller

It is awesome that so many people who knew him closely had such great momments to share. Pretty cool seeing those in the comedy who didn't know him as well but knew his impact and commented so. I do wonder how many hacky media outlets would have jumped on if his last credit wasn't roasting that piece of shit Sheen. Fuck those shitty media outlets who didn't even care enough about the story to get his fuckin' age right. I was lucky to catch Patrice a bunch of times before he went on the DL through last year. I loved listening to his take on everything, even jumping in on guest interviews and challenging the guests, but I will miss catching him live.

Johnny Post
Johnny Post

you're one of the main reasons i got into comedy. i'll try my best to live up to your ideals.

JohnnyK
JohnnyK

I saw Patrice at the Comedy Cellar along with Bobby Kelly and Norton. They are all a bunch of great guys as well as comics. It was a pleasure to be in the same room as Patrice. I will always remember him and his big ass smile.

john in va
john in va

god bless you mr patrice oneal you will be deeply missed RIP! you made opie and anthony who they are today just my opinion!

Bitemetole
Bitemetole

This is the first time I have ever felt real grief over the death of someone famous...I always disconnect myself from the world and the people around me, but Patrice Oneal made a real impression. I am truly saddened by the news.

Rob Schuh
Rob Schuh

I grew up listening to Carlin, Pryor, Red Foxx and some of the all time great comics. I never met Patrice, but it almost felt that I knew him because of his humor and his humanity. It's not just the comedy world that has suffered a loss, but the whole world. Anytime anyone as funny and bright as Patrice leaves us, the world is a sadder place. My heart goes out to his family and all his friends. RIP Patrice. You will be greatly missed.

Patrick
Patrick

I guess God needed someone to insult Him.

He was so funny, but his true gift was how wise he was. He was so good at dissecting a person's motives.

Liams
Liams

I truly believe there is a better place or at least a place of peace after this life, I'm sad to see his passing but there is not a better way to go out then with your family and friends beside you and half a world knowing you were not only funny but did it for the love of others.

2012 shit is getting real and everyone could of done with a man like patrice and his flawless logic to stave off the violent road warriors and giant ants with his pragmatic wisdom.

2 man enter 1 man leaves guys

p.s fuck aetheists

Whpenterprises
Whpenterprises

Patrice felt like my brother from another mother, whom i never met in person, RIP, trulu will be missed

ChuckWill
ChuckWill

Its been over 5hrs since i found out about patrice oneal passing n im still upset.... This type of loss takes more than a simple Rip tweet 2 get over...... Ive never met patrice, never been 2 1 of shows..im only 21 yrs old and a college student frm Louisiana but feel like Ive known patrice my whole life....

Dude
Dude

Patrice made me laugh my ass off when he called out one of the hipster douchebags from The Workaholics during the Charlie Sheen Roast taping. I didn't always agree with his take on things, but I admired the hell out his passion. Especially when he got pissed off and started yelling about whatever bothered him. Can't believe I won't be hearing his rants anymore.

Funny and smart - what a wicked combination. RIP Patrice.

- Random Dude on the Internet

Goyukuri
Goyukuri

I can believe how sad I am right now. Listening to Patrice dismantle topics and bust people on their hypocrisy was always something I looked forward to on the radio. Being a loyal listener to a radio program makes me feel like I lost a family member.

margarite d'arsinoe
margarite d'arsinoe

Beloved Patrice O'Neal
you are beloved...we will miss you so

our thoughts and prayers to Loved Ones
Fly in Beauty, Patrice

xxxxxxxxxx

Jule Cucci
Jule Cucci

The world is a much worse place now that he is gone. The man was a wizard with words, able to create comedy out of anything that was hand. RIP BMP.

Dan
Dan

I never thought i would be affected to the level I am from the loss of someone I have never met,, yet i found myself crying over Patrice O'Neal's passing. It would seem strange to someone who wasn't familiar with him, but for those who were, it makes perfect sense,

Jasonandria
Jasonandria

Yes duck diabetes and duck strokes, this is villager that big mama died, I'm so sad and so pissed at the same time, one question why him

BostonJ
BostonJ

So sad ... RIP PO. Your charisma and intellect and comedy will be forever lasting.

miles
miles

Very sad, been listening to this guy on O &A for probably over a decade, like everyone else I appreciated his unique and highly intelligent take on life and LOVED listening to him Norton, Vos Bob Kelly etc. go at one another for hours on end. It's horrible that it takes a tragedy like this for him to get the support that he could have used years ago, it's awful that guys like Jeff Dunham were making millions while this great comic was still playing crappy clubs all around the country.

Theblakeri
Theblakeri

no matter how counterproductive to his career or social life Patrice always stuck to his guns and was true to himself. thats why he had so many fans and admirers, he will be missed.

Rjbell57
Rjbell57

Patrice was an amazing Man. His views on 'Relationships' were cutting edge and SO True. I always looked forward to his appearances on O&A.
I will miss you my friend, but will Never Forget YOU!
RJ Bell

J53113
J53113

I first heard him on O&A 4 years ago. I hated him because he was so arrogant and hogged the mic. Now I will miss him because he was so arrogant and hogged the mic. He has made me laugh countless times. My favorite clip is when he's laughing at Bo Bo's dick...... My heart goes out to your family. Sleep well

Lady Trucker
Lady Trucker

GET YOUR BLACK PHILLIP AND O&A ANNIMATED PATRICE FIX FROM THIS LINK! Check this playlist out -- Patrice O'neal O&A Animations http://t.co/Fzy8WGdj via @youtube RIP SWEETY!

Rjbell57
Rjbell57

Patrice was an amazing Man. His views on 'Relationships' were cutting edge and SO True. I always looked forward to his appearances on O&A.
I will miss you my friend, but will Never Forget YOU!
RJ Bell

Nofx4us
Nofx4us

Brian, my thoughts exactly.

Joelabarriere
Joelabarriere

The best show was the one with Bobo. I will never forget that laugh.

antselectricbill
antselectricbill

Thanks for covering this, O&A knew before they left the air but chose not to even mention it.

Adam
Adam

I understand why so many people keep reitterating that they don't know how they can feel so sad for someone you didn't know. I feel the exact same way. But I know why it is. Patrice was it. Patrice was who he was, and who he was, was amazing, righteous, something to believe in. We feel the way we feel because we felt like we knew Patrice and we did. On a very personal level. I know he has affected my life and perception on things, and that's a personal thing. People in the entertainment business aren't supposed to be able to do that. They're tangible voices from somewhere far away. But Patrice was never that, Patrice was your boy, your mentor, your honesty when everyone else was fake as sh*t. On every chance possible he cut himself and bleed for you to show you that it was OK. He was polarizing, he was unapologetic and was very lovable and cared for those around him. He meant a whole lot to me as he did everyone else. On a very personal level. And since we feel that way, we just lost our best friend. And it hurts. Love you Patrice. Rest in Peace Brother.

Kim Libonati
Kim Libonati

Great Googly Moogly! It's a sad day.. but what an amazing tribute for an equally amazing comedian & person. His laugh was infectious, his comedy was genius & he will be missed by all. My sincere condolences to his mother, wife, step daughter, family and friends. Rest in peace Patrice....

Fishman5440
Fishman5440

I first heard about Patrice watching "The Nasty Show" on HBO and he made me laugh so hard I was crying. I found out about the OnA show by looking for clips of Patrice on youtube and I am glad that I got to listen to one of the funniest, intelligent, and genuine comics of all time. Patrice, you always made me laugh, and for that, there is no way I can thank you enough. Rest in peace Mr. O'Neal, you will be missed by everyone who had the privilege of hearing your comedy.

eric4953
eric4953

I'm doing my Mike Schmidt impersonation right now, and thats no joke

William Crane
William Crane

A sign of Patrice's greatness. For once Rich didn't plug his next gig at Comedy Cabana, 9588 N. Kings Highway, tomorrow at 8 pm during his eulogy.

Leslie
Leslie

He was one of the funniest people ever. Every time I knew he would be on O&A I would make sure to listen. Just hearing him laugh used to make me laugh. Man this sucks. I feel so sad about this, I can't begin to imagine how his family and friends feel. He will never be forgotten.

jcutty
jcutty

just like alot of you ive never meet the guy but when he was on o and a i listened intently cause i knew he was gonna throw out a great point or gem, i feel like i lost a best friend < RIP big man thanks for laughs ,stories ,and though provoking view points, one more fruunnnkis for the road brother.

Spider
Spider

Although I have never seen him live, or met him, he has given me many laughs over the years.
He was truly a brilliant comedian and will live on in my memory...

Mfarber67
Mfarber67

Like the video, Patrice changed my life for the good,he gave me a new outlook. R.I.P. O'neal!

Ed Baxter
Ed Baxter

Perfectly put bud. There are tears in my eyes and pain in my heart. I have been thinking about Patrice every day since I heard about the stroke. I was hoping this wasn't how it would end. My sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends. I am so grateful to the Opie and Anthony show, and more specifically Jim Norton for introducing me to someone as incredible as Patrice. For years now Patrice has made me laugh and opened my mind. His death has had a profound effect on me and I will never forget him.