News of his stroke was made public on Opie and Anthony on October 26. The show ended following the XM and Sirius merger, when the new management was unable to reconcile budgets for Saturday night programming. , After graduating from West Roxbury High School, O'Neal turned down a sports scholarship at Northeastern University in Boston, which included a housing grant, in favor of studying performing arts at the university, with a major in theater studies.  In June 2012, Jim Norton dedicated his 1-hour EPIX comedy special Please Be Offended to O'Neal. Doug Stanhope remembered O'Neal as "one of the best ever. , Comedian Louis C.K. He then became the host of the seasons one and two of Web Junk 20 on VH1, in 2006. O'Neal died on September 9, 1994, of respiratory failure at Saint Vincent's Catholic Medical Center in Manhattan, 17 days short of his 67th birthday. The tv actor Patrick O’Neal died at the age of 66. He was previously married to Rima Belinda Uranga.  O'Neal worked hard to gain the respect of his peers and recalled it took around five months "for them to go 'Ok, this guy's not playing around'".  He was also a provocateur, often inciting audience members to call out, or even leave the club. As the country grapples with the role of systemic racism, The … His profile rose through appearances on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and, from 2002, XM Radio's Opie and Anthony. In February, he performed solo in an HBO special, "Elephant in the Room." , On November 26, 2012, at Gotham Comedy Club in NYC, a benefit show for O'Neal's family was held. O'Neal's comedy has been described as conversational.  In 2006 and 2007, O'Neal joined Opie and Anthony's Traveling Virus Comedy Tour, playing large arenas across the US. , In 1998 O'Neal relocated to New York City, working regular spots at the Comedy Cellar. During the war, he directed short training films.  He had attended an open-mic night at the venue the week prior to his debut where he heckled a performer, who in turn challenged him to try stand-up himself. RIP."  In 2005, he filmed a half-hour One Night Stand special for HBO. Man, this is so devastating. dedicated his comedy special Live at the Beacon Theater to O'Neal's memory. In the early 1960s, he received critical praise for his leading role on Broadway in Tennessee Williams' The Night of the Iguana but the starring role for the 1964 film version went to Richard Burton. Upon graduation, he enrolled at the University of Florida in Gainesville where he majored in drama.  He also made five appearances at the annual Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, Canada, including a one-man, one-week show at Théâtre Sainte-Catherine in 2008.. He was rushed to Jersey City Medical Center, and later Englewood Hospital, where doctors performed surgery to remove a blood clot in his head. , By 2002, O'Neal had returned to the US after he received an offer to record a half-hour comedy special on Showtime. "Charlie Sheen's photo "The entertainment world as we... "Comedy Central to air Patrice Oneal special Wednesday", "3rd Annual Patrice O'Neal Comedy Benefit scheduled for Feb. 11, 2015", "After death, Patrice O'Neal is more popular than ever", "Phil Wang on Patrice O'Neal – indefensible views, undeniably funny", "Patrice O'Neal Better than You single review", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Patrice_O%27Neal&oldid=983101909, African-American television personalities, Short description is different from Wikidata, All Wikipedia articles written in American English, Articles with unsourced statements from November 2017, Articles with unsourced statements from October 2015, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 12 October 2020, at 07:30.  The third benefit was held February 11, 2015. He later commented on Twitter that O'Neal had been his favorite living comedian. While in the NYC area, he performed at comedy clubs in the area, including headlining appearances at Comix and Caroline's. In 2003, he recorded a special for Comedy Central Presents. In 2007, O'Neal wrote and starred in a web series called The Patrice O'Neal Show – Coming Soon!, featuring his girlfriend, Nero, Bryan Kennedy, Harris Stanton, and Wil Sylvince. O'Neal voiced Jeffron James in Grand Theft Auto IV on its in-game radio station Fizz!.  In early 1998, he took part in the fourth annual US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado.  From there, he moved on to appearances on Showtime at the Apollo and FNight Videos. In 1972, he portrayed a murderous architect in the Columbo episode "Blueprint for Murder". In 1990, he played the corrupt Police Commissioner Kevin Quinn in Sidney Lumet's Q&A.  On November 6, 2012, a 20-minute selection of previously unreleased material was released on O'Neal's website and through iTunes titled Better Than You.