Stand-up comedian Patrice O’Neal, who died in 2011 at age 41, will finally get the recognition he so richly deserves. Nine months before he passed he taped a Comedy Central stand up special, Elephant In The Room.
I was at this show taping and it was incredible. What I noticed he starts off his show by picking on people in the crowd, but as he engages with people I realized he’s not exactly performing … it’s more like a stream of consciousness that is peppered with on-the-spot jokes. A lot of his material revolves around relationships, stereotypes, and offers advice about women. This hilarious special includes deleted scenes and 20 additional minutes from this special. Note for snowflakes…this guy is probably not for you.
Comedy Central announced their partnership with Bill Burr and Al Madrigal’s company All Things Comedy to produce an in-depth documentary that will cover the comedian’s life and career and will feature interviews with the comedian’s family, friends, and fellow comedians.
“Patrice was a tour de force in comedy who left an indelible stamp on the stand-up community and beyond,” Comedy Central execs Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen said on the project. “Comedy Central had the incredible opportunity to work with him throughout his career from Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, to the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen and to his last stand-up special Elephant in the Room. Patrice was a fearless and fierce comedian and we’re honored to be able to shine a light on his life and career with this documentary.” Bill Burr added, “So happy that Mike Bonfiglio and Comedy Central are going to make this happen. Patrice was the best that I ever saw.“
Video below includes a collection of Patrice O'Neal’s appearances on Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd w/ Colin Quinn.