Patrice O’Neal Died (1969 – 2011)

November 29th, 2011 // 44 Comments
Patrice O'Neal

After suffering a stroke in October, there was little news about the condition of comedian Patrice O’Neal, and now we know the reason. His friends at The Opie & Anthony Radio Show announced Patrice died last night:

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

I don’t want to sit here and pretend like I’ve been a huge fan for years, but anytime I saw Patrice perform, whether a stand-up special or the Comedy Central Roasts, I always laughed. The guy was definitely one of the more talented comics out there.

Rest In Peace, Patrice.

Photo: Getty


  1. patheticnewguy

    No, damnit.

  2. Rico Jones


  3. Gio NYC

    One of the Funniest and smartest cool cats ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    -You will be missed brother!!!

  4. Grand Dragon

    Soul food strikes again :(

  5. Hugh Gentry

    RIP sea monster

  6. carrieann26

    Perfectly put Fish…

  7. I thought she was good in The Day The Earth Stood Still.

  8. mrsmass

    i listen to o&a and must have missed this one. this sucks.

  9. D-chi



  10. Chris

    I guess I don’t get the twitter thing. How devastated can you be to remember to type ‘#devastated’ and why would someone want to search on #devastated anyway?

  11. Rest in peace man.

  12. Levi

    Oh please, this guy was an arrogant, ignorant idiot. Just because he’s dead lets not start pretending otherwise, like he was some ‘GREAT MIND’ or something.

  13. Venom

    He was a cool guy


  14. I won’t say he was “one of the greatest” or anything outlandish, but he was one of the funniest and one of the most self-aware comedians of our generation. I can’t think of another in this day and age who walked through life more underrated. Rest peacefully, beloved man. I can’t wait for you to harass this white lady on the Other Side.

  15. Deacon Jones

    I listened to O&A for years, and man, when him and Norton got on, it was solid fucking gold.

    I’ll never forget his story of moving to NYC and eating junk food for 2 weeks straight. He was so constipated he put on a rubber glove and stuck his hand up his ass and pulled out a rock hard turd. It’s fucking sick as hell, but I was crying laughing.

    • BigOkie

      Also loved his story on O&A about pulling over in a rest stop in the winter and having the dude come up to his SUV knocking on the window saying, “It’s cold outside” trying to get Patrice to let him in to his ride. The joke being of course that Patrice did not know the guy was gay and wanting to have sex with him. Doesn’t sound funny with me typing it out but believe me, on the show it was comedy gold. Good stuff. RIP my friend.

  16. Cardinal Fang

    Wow it took him 5 seconds to mention race in his act. With black comedians it’s all about color. Not that original. Not that funny.

  17. rough

    I think its time I take an inventory of my addictions. But they taste
    and feel soooooo good.


  18. julian asange

    if you put ‘devastated’ in a fuckin hashtag, you’re not devastated.

  19. a man just died and you people are MASTURBATING to his picture?! WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU GUYS?!?!?!

  20. stevebeagle

    so long fat ass

  21. Donald Trump


  22. oh i know

    it’s a loss when anybody who’s made me laugh passes away, RIP Patrice :(

  23. jumpin_j

    I always liked him as a talking head during VH1′s “I Love The …” series and even his short lived cartoon series. Kept meaning to see him at Coraline’s. That shipped sailed. Hope he and George Carlin are having a big ol Comedy Roast. Missing you, big man.

  24. EricLr

    Loved that guy on “Tough Crowd With Collin Quinn.” Best show to ever inhabit the 11:30 spot on Comedy Central. That’s right, screw you Colbert! Stick to “Strangers With Candy,” buddy.

  25. Randal(l)

    and yet the Kardashians still live…

    …there is no God

  26. **********

    *of (for all U asshole grammar nazis out there;P

  27. Yoda Mann


  28. …i was friends with Patrice for about a year before i’d even heard him do stand-up, i only knew his work on ‘tough crowd’ and chapelle …then i watched his hbo ‘half hour comedy hour’, and it blew me away …i called him afterward and gushed like a fan …that brutha had a mind for comedy like few others i have seen/heard, definitely right up there with (his former nemesis) bill burr…whenever we talked, i could barely get a word in edgewise because his mind was always working, and he was just short of brilliant, intellectually speaking …he did an episode of ‘green room with paul provenza’, and absolutely commanded the room, and that’s with sandra bernhard, rosanne barr, and bob saget on the panel …sorry to ramble, but, i’m just a little sad and felt like sharing …and now back to the jokes (“RIP sea monster” is my favorite so far)

  29. bundy

    wtf.. shit!!

  30. Patrice O'Neal
    Commented on this photo:


  31. When I heard someone from the Opie and Anthony show died, I got on my knees and prayed to God it was Jim Norton. Oh well, there’s always hope for tomorrow.

  32. When I heard someone from the Opie and Anthony show died, I got on my knees and prayed to God it was Jim Norton. Oh well, there’s always hope for tomorrow.

  33. Quatmosk

    Try to find his stuff from the “Just for Laughs” Nasty Shows. I’m sure it’s taken from his older stuff, but for someone who wasn’t familiar with his work (ie: me), it was like a greatest hits montage.

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