Comedy Central Airing Tribute To Patrice O’Neal
Comedy Central is paying tribute to the late comedian Patrice O’Neal by airing one of his acclaimed stand up shows ‘Elephant in the Room’ this evening.
A representative for the network told TMZ.com they are “broken up” about the passing of Patrice, who died on Tuesday morning following complications of a stroke he suffered in October. The network will be airing the show twice, once at 8pm and once at midnight, the latter version being uncensored.
The show, shot live in New York and later released on DVD saw the comedian cover topics such as smoking, harassment, cheating, vengeance and his love for animals – he told the audience, “Let me say this, I don’t know what the term is for an extreme animal lover, but I get sick when I see animals suffering and I know that’s contrary to popular belief somehow it’s spread out that black people we hate animals? Like we hate dogs and cats.How can you hate animals?” The show also contained some of O’Neal’s famous crowd work, in which he’d often play couples and friends against each other with hilarious results.
Fellow comics are also pouring out their tribute to the late comic…
“RIP Patrice O’Neal. You made us laugh til we cried,” Sarah Silverman wrote on Twitter, one of many fellow comedians to pay tribute publicly to O’Neal.
“One of my favourite stand up comedians. So sad. RIP,” wrote Ricky Gervais.
“I started my career w/ Patrice O’Neal,” wrote Dane Cook, who posted a photo of himself and O’Neal to Twitter. “He was 1 of the best ever. Fond memories of road gigs, late night eats & laughs.”
Kevin Nealon wrote: “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.” Another Saturday Night Live veteran, Seth Meyers, added: “RIP Patrice O’Neal. A day spent watching clips of him on-line is a day well spent.”
“Patrice O’Neal. So damn funny and so smart and such a giant heart,” wrote Bob Sagat.
O’Neal poked fun at Charlie Sheen at the latter’s Comedy Central roast, and this week, Sheen paid tribute to O’Neal on his WhoSay page.
“Patrice had that rare ‘light’ around him and inside of him,” Sheen wrote. “I only knew him for the few days leading up to the Roast. Yet I will forever be inspired by his nobility, his grace and his epic talent. My tears today are for the tremendous loss to his true friends and loving family.”
I’ve never seen any of his stand up shows but when he would do commentary for shows like I ♥ the 80’s, he was hilarious! He is survived by his wife, Vondecarlo; a stepdaughter, Aymilyon; a sister, Zinder; and his mother, Georgia.