“Patrice was not something you can describe. I never met anyone like him—not even close.” Those were just a few of the words comedian Bill Burr shared with a radio audience yesterday, as he called in to the Alan Cox Show in Cleveland, OH.
Burr, calling Cox and co-host Chad Zumock from a hotel room in Alabama, was helping to get the word out about his close friend’s posthumous album, Mr. P, which was released on Tuesday. In the 20-minute interview, Burr reflects on his days starting out in Boston with O’Neal; he answers questions about how he thinks generations of comedy fans to come will remember O’Neal and he talked about the little things– namely the interactions that he, O’Neal and some of the best comics in New York would have at the famed Comedy Cellar.
“We used to watch each other’s act down at the Comedy Cellar and then we would just trash anything that was phony,” Burr says. “And he was the leader of that. We all became better comedians because of that. There was nothing worse than standing on stage and seeing his big silhouette, and like think, ‘Oh, God, he’s watching me.’ And he always laughed when the crowd wasn’t laughing.. you’d get off stage and he’d do 20 minutes about ‘Why did you put your hand in your pocket when you were doing that part of the joke? For 20 minutes! He could kill with how stupid you looked with your hand in your pocket.”
You can listen to the entire interview below.