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Album Review

Planned, recorded, and almost entirely executed before the comedian's illness and untimely passing in late 2011, Mr. P is Patrice O'Neal's debut album, definitive work, and bittersweet triumph, all at once. Save this document and a handful of television specials, little is available from this "comedian's comedian," as much of his work was for broadcast-and-gone radio, specifically for the Opie and Anthony show on satellite, where every Patrice episode was a side-splitting, cherished episode. Here, on this DC Improv gig recording, you get a taste of the easy, conversational, yet highly confrontational comedian's style and how his loyal radio fans couldn't wait for the whole "is that your girlfriend?" routine to escalate into the ultimate dogging of an audience. That happens right off the bat during the excellent "Intro," a casual track that runs over six minutes, because Patrice is just as good off the cuff as he is with a more standard, planned routine. Here, that standard part covers "TSA," the "Race War," and the whole "White Women Are Pleasant" versus "Black Women Get You Refunds" issue, and if that looks like the kind of clichéd routine that Chris Rock loves to skewer, Patrice is old school, although never to a vault. He's of a charming vintage, despite some racial stereotypes aftertaste and the brash "I Like Hoes" finish, and considering how rare his output, Mr. P is an easy recommendation for anyone who likes comedy that's audience-badgering and entirely bold. R.I.P. Mr. P.

Customer Reviews

Hilarious, genius and inspiring.

Patrice at his best: honest, thoughtful, provoking, and hilarious. He's already missed but this helps cement his legacy as one of the all-time greats. Long live Patrice.

Legend lives on...

Solidly one of my top 5 favorite comedians of all time.

The Final Legacy of a Comedy Genius

Patrice O'Neal made it all look so effortless that it was easy to forget just how amazing and rare his talent was. He was gifted with the rare talent to say inflammatory and offensive things about the most sacred subjects while remaining sympathetic and likable throughout it all. Here, in his first and final album, the breadth and depth of his talent are on full display, touching on race, sex, and relationships with his trademark incisive humor and razor-sharp analogies. Taken from us too soon, Patrice left behind a mountain of work, but it's this -- what he chose to be recorded and released -- that he wished to be his legacy.

Biography

Born: December 7, 1969 in New York City, NY

Genre: Comedy

Years Active: '00s, '10s

An audience-badgering and entirely bold standup comedian, the late Patrice O'Neal is represented in the albums bin solely by Mr. P, a posthumous release that charted Top 40 in 2012. Born in New York City but raised in Boston, O'Neal worked the comedy scene in Boston before returning to N.Y.C. for a regular gig at the Comedy Cellar. A move to the West Coast came next as O'Neal landed an acting role on The Office plus a writing gig at the WWE, then a move back to N.Y.C. meant joining the panel of television's...
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Top Albums and Songs by Patrice O'Neal

Mr. P, Patrice O'Neal
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Comedy, Music
  • Released: Feb 07, 2012
  • Parental Advisory

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