Why Comedians Were Afraid of Patrice O’Neal. Even comedians—who rarely shut up—had to surrender whenever Patrice O’Neal began to talk.
He’s the guy they would call on the long drive home from Magooby’s Joke House who loved to discuss—at length—whether Jay-Z would ever cheat on Beyoncé, or the various options for black reparations, or the best adjectives for different smells of pussy. He was a master at introducing subjects that you never even knew you had an opinion about—like whether you’d be willing to have sex with a girl who had no nose.
Even though O’Neal was usually doing 90 percent of the talking, listening had the feel of conversation, in part because he was famously picky about whom he’d talk to, and in part because he always implicated you in his investigations. Whether the topic was crass or ridiculous, he demanded a response. The transformative power of the ugly truth was, for O’Neal, a form of grace. “He was an artful dodger who kept researching himself,” says Robinson. Patrice O'Neal Remembered: Louis C.K., Chris Rock, Dane Cook Reminisce On 'Opie & Anthony' (AUDIO)
The world lost a comedy giant in Patrice O'Neal on November 29, but some of his closest friends celebrated his life by devoting a full weekend to talking about their favorite memories of him on SiriusXM.
They discussed Patrice on The Opie and Anthony Channel (XM 105/Sirius 206). O'Neal had been guest on "The Opie and Anthony Show" over 100 times, and even filled in as a cohost on several occasions. After his passing, his friends Louis C.K., Dane Cook, Dave Attell, Colin Quinn, Amy Schumer, Jim Florentine, Joe DeRosa, Kurt Metzger, Bob Kelly and Russ Meneve talked to hosts Opie, Anthony and Jim Norton about their memories of their departed peer. (Warning, some NSFW language.) Louis C.K.
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