Patrice O’Neal is gone but certainly not forgotten. The veteran comedian died on Nov. 29 at the age of 41 due to complications from a stroke, which he suffered a month before. But thanks to his family, friends and fans there will undoubtedly be plenty of archival material, showcasing the man in his prime. In fact, his first hour-long stand-up special, Elephant in the Room premiered earlier this year on Comedy Central and is now available on DVD now. And there’s already been many tributes to the late comic; Comedy Central replayed the aforementioned special and SiriusXM dedicated an entire weekend to the best Patrice O’Neal radio moments. And you can download the complete Opie and Anthony Show‘s tribute to Patrice at Audible.
The latest such tribute will be seen inside O’Neal’s new album Mr. P, which will be released Feb. 7. Longtime friend of O’Neal’s and fellow comedian Colin Quinn wrote the liner notes, which are fully dedicated to paying tribute to the late comic.
“Patrice was pure comedian,” Quinn writes. “He didn’t play well with others. He burned all bridges that came into his path. But that’s because he knew what he wanted to say and anything that twisted it or edited it or softened it, he couldn’t tolerate. He did not do comedy to be liked.”
You’ll have to buy the album to read the rest of Quinn’s tribute. You can pre-order it here or here. And you’ll want to pre-order that thing. I’ve listened to the entire thing and it doesn’t disappoint. And all proceeds go to his family. You can check out a sample track and full track listing here.