Patrice O’Neal Documentary to Highlight Late Comedian’s Life and Career

Patrice O'Neal is shown in his stand-up special "Elephant in the Room." (Credit: Comedy Central)

Patrice O’Neal will be the subject of an upcoming documentary from Comedy Central and content creation studio, All Things Comedy.

Set to begin filming this fall, the untitled film will offer a deep-dive portrait of O’Neal, who died at age 41 in 2011, Comedy Central announced in a press release Tuesday.

The doc will recount the comedian’s life story, and include never-before-seen personal materials, plus feature his family and friends. A who’s who from the comedy world will also offer insight into O’Neal’s career.

“Patrice was a tour de force in comedy who left an indelible stamp on the stand-up community and beyond,” said Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, co-heads of original content at Comedy Central. “Comedy Central had the incredible opportunity to work with him throughout his career from Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, to the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen and to his last stand-up special Elephant in the Room.”

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The doc will be executive produced by Bill Burr, Al Madrigal and Michael Bertolina of All Things Comedy, along with Von Decarlo and Michael Bonfiglio, who also serves as director.

“I am very excited and proud to have gotten this project in the hands of Comedy Central, and now with Bill Burr and All Things Comedy aboard, as well as, our director Michael Bonfiglio,” said Decarlo. “This makes for an absolute dream team to help his mother and I bring Patrice’s story to the masses, and solidify his legacy for generations to come.”

O’Neal was born in New York City and grew up in Boston. Among his early TV appearances was a bit on The Apollo Comedy Hour, where he performed his now famous Malcolm XXL routine. From there, he appeared on Showtime at the Apollo, Friday Night Videos, and had a brief stint as a writer for the WWE.

O’Neal also had a string of guest star appearances on Arrested Development, Chappelle’s Show, The Office, and was a regular on the FOX series The Jury.

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