Comedian Patrice O’Neal, 41, died in November after complications caused by a stroke.
While Patrice was tremendously well-respected among other comics, and had earned a decent amount of TV exposure, he wasn’t especially famous yet with the public at large. Before his untimely death, Patrice O’Neal was basically Zach Galifianakis right before The Hangover.
I almost never queue up specific comedy specials more than once, but O’Neal’s “Elephant in the Room” was masterful and funny enough that I watched it three separate times, before his death occasioned another viewing. There are a number of great bits that had me gasping with laughter; my favorite is probably the amazing, heartfelt proposal for a national Workplace Harassment Day:
“Oh my God — Human Resources!! The grizzly bear just did…
grizzly bear stuff…”