Laughter and tears – the world of comedy has united in grief as they remember one of their funniest colleagues, Patrice O’Neal, who died Monday at age 41.
“RIP Patrice O’Neal. You made us laugh til we cried,” Sarah Silverman wrote on Twitter, one of many fellow comedians to pay tribute publicly to O’Neal.
“One of my favourite stand up comedians. So sad. RIP,” wrote Ricky Gervais.
“I started my career w/ Patrice O’Neal,” wrote Dane Cook, who posted a photo of himself and O’Neal to Twitter. “He was 1 of the best ever. Fond memories of road gigs, late night eats & laughs.”
Kevin Nealon wrote: “Patrice O’Neal. Patrice O’Neal. Patrice O’Neal. Patrice O’Neal. Patrice O’Neal. Patrice O’Neal. Patrice O’Neal. Can’t say it enough. RIP.” Another Saturday Night Live veteran, Seth Meyers, added: “RIP Patrice O’Neal. A day spent watching clips of him on-line is a day well spent.”
“Patrice O’Neal. So damn funny and so smart and such a giant heart,” wrote Bob Sagat.
O’Neal poked fun at Charlie Sheen at the latter’s Comedy Central roast, and this week, Sheen paid tribute to O’Neal on his WhoSay page.
“Patrice had that rare ‘light’ around him and inside of him,” Sheen wrote. “I only knew him for the few days leading up to the Roast. Yet I will forever be inspired by his nobility, his grace and his epic talent. My tears today are for the tremendous loss to his true friends and loving family.”