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#1 Posted on 29.11.11 1249.46
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Comedian Patrice O'Neal died. I was not very familiar with his work* and mainly knew him from his participation as a roaster this year on the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen.

I had no idea he was briefly a writer for WWE! Plus he was "The Sea Monster" in the warehouse in The Office and he was T-Bone in Arrested Development. Wow.

The A/V Club has a nice write up on his life and career.​articles/​rip-​patrice-​oneal,65787/​

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#2 Posted on 29.11.11 1347.37
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I knew he had a stroke recently. He used to be on Opie and Anthony a lot and was always the best one by far. Good standup too.
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#3 Posted on 29.11.11 1348.11
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I'm more familiar with his Comedy Central work, especially Tough Crowd (where he was excellent).

A few years back, I was bar-hopping in the Village with a friend. We passed by a comedy club that had a guy outside trying to wrangle up customers to see a Dave Attell show. I always ignore that type of stuff, but I was a *huge* Attell fan at the time because of Insomniac, so we went in. Attell came out and did a set that couldn't have been longer than ten minutes. Then, after that, other comedians came out and did similarly short sets. I was pretty pissed about Attell coming and going so quickly.

Maybe five or six guys later (nobody I can remember), and after about half the crowd left, Patrice O'Neal came out. At this point, I was pretty angry. Also, bear in mind that the two-drink minimum only applies *inside* the club. The first time he paused in his set, I said to him "Where's Dave?" He turned to me and said "Maybe you can just wait a minute." I smiled. He did not. I took it to mean that Dave was coming back out to close the night. So, I sat there and laughed as he targeted not-quite-PG jokes at me and the girl I was with.

Dave never came back out. Serves me right. Sorry, Patrice.
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#4 Posted on 29.11.11 1453.26
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He was great in Tough Crowd. Since he was one of the few people to call Colin on his insane shit. RiP Patrice.
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#5 Posted on 29.11.11 2239.22
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I heard plenty of his stuff on Opie and Anthony, and Patrice was fantastic. His interplay with Jim Norton especially was terrific. This is very sad news.

RIP Patrice.
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#6 Posted on 30.11.11 0915.24
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Wow. I had no idea about the stroke or that he was in bad health. I echo everyone's sentiments. I always found him pretty funny. Anybody remember his Tosh.0-ish show that aired on VH1 before anybody even knew who Daniel Tosh was? Not the highlight of his career, but still enjoyable.

Sad indeed.

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#7 Posted on 30.11.11 0927.36
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I'm surprised no one has brought up the 'Hater's Ball' bit on Chapelle's Show ("PITBULL! ARF!"). He was a guy that I enjoyed watching a lot more than I realized because while I didn't get to see him in a big starring role, I got to see him in a lot of great bit parts. RIP.
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#8 Posted on 30.11.11 1922.54
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One time I heard Patrice go off on Bob Kelly during the O&A show, for about 45 minutes. He was explaining to Bob why his (Kelly's)comedy career was a failure and went into great detail about how to build a joke, build an audience up, and think of ways to get to a punchline. It was the best "insider" stuff about comedy I've ever heard.He was explaining to a comedian, the psychology of a good set. Patrice was a genius, no doubt. RIP funny man!
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