Yesterday on the Ron and Fez show Ron Bennington relayed the message that comedian Patrice O’Neal had passed away. Patrice had been in a coma brought on by a seizure back in October. For those that aren’t familiar with him check out his stuff on youtube.
He was one of the funniest and truly un-apologetic guys in comedy. He took the path HE wanted, not what was popular or mainstream. If he thought there was funny to be had, he went there. He was best known for his truly unique view of the world, but he was also a great physical comedian. He had a delivery and facial expressions that really emphasized what he was saying. He could have you rolling with a simple shrug of the shoulders or a preciously placed sigh or an, “Ehhhhh”.
He also had the best laugh ever.
He was considered by some to be offensive and foul, but I am a firm proponent of free speech and strongly feel you need people that aren’t afraid to push the boundaries of social norms. With our musicians more interested in their hairdos and personal vodka brands that task falls to the comics. Patrice pushed some boundaries.
I have long been a proponent of stand up as a true performance art. It is something created to evoke an emotional response. It is more than funny words or funny stories; to do it well requires timing, an understanding of language and communication beyond simple conversation and knack for twisting something in a slightly new direction.
This is a card site so where am I going with all this. A&G has had some really cool insert sets honoring different groups. I say why not one honoring the people that make us laugh. Here are my selections for the set.
Joan Rivers (don’t scoff, few can come close to her comedic timing, it is perfect)
That is my list of the top of my head, who else?
One last thing on Patrice, he does have a connection to one aspect of the sport card world. He was once a writer for the WWE