To celebrate the physical release of the late, great comedian Patrice O’Neal and his new album, Unreleased, BSeen Media has put together an animated video of a clip “Black Women Gets You Refunds.”
I just finished listening to Patrice O’Neal’s new album. If you want to understand what comedy is supposed to sound like, you have to listen to this. If you want to understand what a comedian is supposed to sound like, listen to this. If you want to listen to somebody who just can’t stop opening up about what he thinks of himself, and what he thinks of you, then listen to this album.” – Colin Quinn 2011
Unreleased is a one-hour compilation of unheard bits from the DC Improv in which Patrice O’Neal recorded his chart topping posthumous album Mr P. In serving to keep his voice alive, Unreleased gives the fans a few more precious moments with Patrice in which he digs into the audience to inspire his unprecedented perspective on issues such as race, relationships, and sex. Unreleased is now available in CD digipak format released for the first time today. Unreleased features cover artwork by famed graffiti artist Davie Choe (Jay-Z, Linkin Park, Facebook).
In 1969, Patrice O’Neal got his start in a uterus.
He was born in New York City, and 22 years later, he began his comedy career in Boston, Massachusetts where he grew up since he was one year old. Prior to his calling from God to pursue comedy, he held many other jobs that could have been more lucrative. For instance, sausage cart vendor at Ruggles Street train station, selling flowers out of a bucket on Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester, and at the pinnacle of his earning potential, he sold popcorn and peanuts at the old Boston Garden Arena. In addition to a flourishing popcorn career, O’Neal was also a world-class High School athlete at West Roxbury High School. Ending his career with 3 letters in varsity football, and a state championship senior year. During this time, an overwhelming amount of Division 3 and community college football scholarship offers poured in. All of which were turned down to attend North Eastern University on a public housing grant. For the next 4 years, Patrice took great measures to trick his mother into believing he was attending classes regularly.
During a cool, clear night in October of 1992, Patrice attended an open mic comedy night at Estelle’s Bar and Grill on Tremont Street where he decided to heckle one of the comics on stage. He challenged O’Neal to perform on stage at the next open mic night. The following week, the universe would change forever. After conquering the Boston comedy circuit in just under 6 years, Patrice took his comedic gifts to New York City. Once there, Hollywood soon called. O’Neal’s first of many television appearances was on The Apollo Comedy Hour where he performed his now famous Malcolm XXL bit. From there, he moved on to prestigious appearances on Showtime at the Apollo, Friday Night Videos, and a brief stint as a writer for the WWE. O’Neal had a string of TV guest star appearances on MTV’s Apt 2F, Assy McGee, Ed, Z Rock, Yes Dear, Arrested Development, Chappelle Show and The Office. O’Neal was a regular on the FOX series The Jury, and he starred in the Comedy Central animated program Shorties Watching Shorties, along with Nick DiPaolo. He supplied the voice of Harold Jenkins on Noggin’s animated program O’Grady High and was featured as Jesus in Denis Leary’s Contest Searchlight.
Patrice made his Def Comedy Jam debut in 2007, but had 3 prior half hour comedy specials with Showtime, Comedy Central, and HBO. He’s had many appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote his ground breaking VH1 series Web Junk 20. Additionally, O’Neal is the measure of excellence on the many talking head comment shows littering the airwaves.
O’Neal has also made occasional appearances on various Fox News shows like Hannity and Colmes to discuss issues regarding both race and censorship. But, of all the many television appearances to date, his favorite is Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. In addition, O’Neal’s movie appearances include Head of State, In the Cut, 25th Hour, Furry Vengeance, and deleted scenes from Scary Movie 4 and When in Rome. With his dominance of television and film, the natural transition to radio was inevitable. O’Neal is a frequent guest on the popular Opie and Anthony radio show, and had his own hit weekly relationship advice program entitled The Black Phillip Show. Reluctantly, he has made his presence on the internet more available with FACEBOOK, TWITTER, PATRICEONEAL.COM, GOOGLE, and hundreds of YOUTUBE videos, including the under valued greatness of The Patrice O’Neal Show-Coming Soon web series. (It’s fucking funny). In 2011 Patrice released his first hour Comedy Central stand-up comedy special Elephant in the Room.
It is with terrible sadness we must report that Patrice O’Neal passed away November 29, 2011 due to the complications of the stroke he suffered on October 19. Many of us have lost a close and loved friend; all of us have lost a true comic genius. His mother, who was also his best friend, was at his side. Patrice is survived by his wife, Vondecarlo; his step daughter Aymilyon, sister Zinder, and his mother Georgia.The family wishes to thank all of the fans and friends who have expressed an outpouring of love and support for Patrice these past weeks.
Patrice O’Neal’s first stand-up comedy album, Mr. P was released February 7, 2012, and was a huge hit with comedy fans making it to #1 on the Billboard Comedy Chart and #35 on the Billboard 200 chart. Mr. P is 74 minutes of Patrice O’Neal material recorded April 15, 2011 at the DC Improv. The proceeds from the Mr. P album go to Patrice’s family.