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
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 MYSPACE,
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).