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O'Neal grew up in Roxbury, MA across the street from the projects. Even
though the buildings on both sides of the street were brick and looked
just alike, Patrice and his friends let the kids from the
high school Patrice's talent in football was recognised and he was recruited
by the coach at Northeastern
Patrice got his first real taste of standup at a place called "Estelle's" in Boston, where he heckled a comic. The comic suggested maybe Patrice thought he could do better. Patrice did - the following week, Patrice went up at the club and brought down the house. From there he went on to work at The Comedy Connection and then moved to working at most of the clubs in and around Boston, New England and New York.
years later, Patrice has a wide range of comedic tools - from whispers
and tiny facial expressions to
Asked to whom he aspires, Patrice mentions only two names: George Carlin and Richard Pryor; Carlin for his distinct point of view and universal appeal; Pryor for his honesty, vulnerability and personal revelation.
Patrice has appeared on many many TV shows in the USA, and will be appearing on the Comedy Factory for Dutch TV. He is making his debut appearance at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is set to become one of the regular visitors to the UK Comedy Circuit.
Patrice currently makes his home in New York Coty.
"If I had to pick a breakout star of the future, I'd put my money on Patrice O'Neal ... hilarious ... perfect timing." - Boston Phoenix
Patrice O'Neal is killing. The packed house at the US Comedy Arts Festival is rolling with laughter as O'Neal punctuates the smokey air outside the Aspen Sports Club with a delivery as crisp and clear as the Rocky Mountains just beyond the door." - Michael Blowe, The Boston Globe.