YouTube star steals from Patrice O’Neal, offers no apology (Videos)

By | August 5, 2013 at 11:06 am | 20 comments | Audio/Video, feature slider, News | Tags: , , ,

At this point in the game, it would take a sociopathic soul or an incredibly dumb person to even dare steal material from a well-known comedian for his or her own gain. And you’d have to be straight-up insane to steal from Patrice O’Neal — a dead man — and one of the comedy world’s most beloved, well-respected comedy philosophers. But that’s exactly what so-called Internet celebrity Kain Carter has done— and over the weekend comedian Dante Nero, one of O’Neal’s closest friends, called the 26-year-old out.

Carter is part of a new breed of YouTube “comedians,” wherein his major skill is creating quick-cut monologue videos to titillate the growing masses of young comedy fans with short attention spans and minimal respect for originality. And in a pair of videos recently uploaded, you can witness a side-by-side comparison of Carter and O’Neal’s words. In some cases, Carter lifts O’Neal’s ideas verbatim.

In a preview clip (listen below) of Nero’s podcast The Beige Phillip Show – Nero co-hosted the radio program The Black Phillip Show with O’Neal – the comedian explains to his listeners that he talked with Carter by phone, who offered no apology for using O’Neal’s words and thoughts as his own. In fact, Carter – who admits to having only heard of O’Neal two weeks before his death in November of 2011 – uploaded a new video, wherein he explains that he’s inspired by O’Neal and so that’s why some of his material sounds like something the late comedian may have said.

“Anytime I spit a Patrice line or idea – or whole video verbatim – I guess that’s my way of being a vessel that he speaks through to continue to live,” Carter explains. “So for somebody who’s never met him and admires and respects the hell out of him, I guess this is me keeping him alive in my own way.” Carter’s full response video is below.

Here’s a message for Carter: Patrice O’Neal doesn’t need some over-confident, 26-year-old YouTube personality to keep his memory alive. He’s got people like Nero as well as an entire community of New York comedians who do that— through stories they share in private and on radio shows and podcasts. You stole from Patrice because you didn’t think anyone would notice. What you did was not a tribute. And saying you’re a vessel for Patrice is almost worse than stealing from him. You fucked up and you need to own up to that.

You can check out the side-by-side comparisons between Carter and O’Neal below.

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  • Carolyn Castiglia

    Wooooooow.

  • David A.B.

    You’re not a vessel if you’re just parroting the same shit that somebody said already. That’s just a copycat.

  • Mabans

    This fucking guy needs to be fully exposed.. Making money off of dead man’s material. Fuck that dick..

  • Jojo

    What the fuck don’t you people understand? PATRICE STOLE FROM CARTER!!!!!! Plain and simple. Look at the facts.

    • DeFine

      No, Carter stole from Patrice. Plain and simple. Look at the Facts.

    • Chesty La Rue

      What?

  • vINSANITY

    Carter should copy big momma prods one more time by dying prematurely. Only this time no one will give a fuck

  • zhellas

    The failed abortion known as Carter should just fucking fess up or eat a shotgun.

    That’s just my opinion.

  • jerkstoresup

    Hey Dylan, just want to say I changed the title of “Patrice O’Neal schools interviewer on Honesty” that I have on Youtube. You’re the man.

    • dylan

      it’s about time. not sure why it took this post for you to realize how inaccurate the title was.

      • jerkstoresup

        I realized that kind of title becoming popular would bother me once the viewcount exploded. I’m sorry it took me so long.

  • Aim4TheFace

    DAAAAAAAAAAAAMNNN!! Then he had the nerve to explain it this way “If I repeat something Patrice said VERBATIM, it’s because he’s using me as a vessel….”….Really, bruh?? REALLY???

  • Chance

    Kain fucked up. But he maybe just made a mistake becuz who could deny his response was compelling and seemed very honest. But regardles of his intentions he should flat out apologize and move on. This new feneration is more to blame than kai.n because they didnt even care they ssid everyone steals. Wow.

    • steve

      Even his apology was stolen.

      • Don

        I laughed for 1 min straight. Thank you.

  • PumpkinPuss

    Why the fuck would you even try to steal from Patrice? Out of all the comics out there, you pick one of the few who is completely fucking original, every word that came out of his mouth, like no one’s going to notice. This shit makes me sick.

  • Tim

    I like how everybody is fucking talking down, when he is helping remember Patrice. A man word is his legacy and he wants to see his legacy continue. Stop judging nobody is 100% original everybody learn from somebody

    • Bob

      Patrice does not need help being remembered. I think his videos on youtube do that already and comedy central presents reruns. How do you help remember someone by not crediting him? I suppose if I paint an exact picasso and not call it a picasso (that is somehow keeping picassos memory alive)

  • Jordan Proctor

    6-7 videos…out of well over 100. the other 90% seem to be completely original. His talent speaks for itself.

    The majority of you clowns didn’t even know who Patrice O’Neal was before this incident, and I don’t doubt that if he were alive, he would probably be grateful for the free publicity.

    It’s not like he turned into a screenplay and sold it for millions. They’re 5 minute youtube videos for Christs’ sake. Youtube videos that he filmed out of the bathroom in his mother’s basement.

    Stop acting like he committed murder and get off his nutsack you mindless bandwagon dick straddlers.

    • Jeremy

      Patrice doesn’t need the free publicity, Jordan. It just speaks to how you’re one of the “Clowns who didn’t even know Patrice O’Neal before this incident.” There’s a rule in comedy that you’re not supposed to steal material. If you can’t take the heat, then get the fuck out of the kitchen. Kain Karter, welcome to comedy, now leave the stand-up to the truly honest comics out there.