It’s nuts to think it’s been over a year since the untimely passing of Patrice O’Neal. Like it often happens in these situations, the lore of the comedian has grown since. Thus leaving many to learn about the comedian through his few stand-up specials and video clips that populate the web.
One Youtube fan, under the moniker Mischief Makers have put together a 47 minute “found footage” documentary about O’Neal that pieces together many of this TV and movie appearances and specials to tell the comedian’s story. It also utilizes many of his comic friends’ testimonials about him. Many seeming to centralize around The Opie & Anthony Show which friend and fellow comedian Jim Norton is a co-host of.
The documentary features some comedy heavyweights talking about the comedic mind of Patrice including Bill Burr, Louis C.K., Colin Quinn, Dane Cook, Norton, Robert Kelly, and Jim Florentine.
They discuss everything from the Comedy Cellar’s infamous comedian tables which spawned the show Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn where O’Neal was prominently featured moving into his various stand-up sets, talk show and late night appearances, up until his last televised appearance on The Comedy Central Roast Of Charlie Sheen. The underlying theme of the entire documentary shows O’Neal’s desire to make it on his own terms and always be true to himself.
The documentary was released as a 4 part series or you can watch it all in one clip here.