Super-talented Patrice O'Neal has an estimated net worth of $500,000. Considered the comedian's comedian, O' Neal generated his net worth from being a stand-up comedian, radio presenter and actor.
In his early twenties, O'Neal's comedy career took a flying start in his hometown in Massachusetts. Since then, he made his first appearance on Apollo Comedy Hour. O'Neal then made an appearance on Showcase at the Apollo and Friday Night Videos. He also became a regular on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn on Comedy Central. However O'Neal suffered the first blow in his career. The comic made a move to LA in the late 90's, in pursuit of a television and film career. He even confessed that he'll tap dance and tried to conform to Hollywood's high requirements. Despite his efforts to break into Hollywood, O'Neal was unsuccessful and the strain was beginning to show. He said of his dark moment of his life "if I have a gun, I would have shot myself" O'Neal came back fighting when he moved to the Big Apple in 2002 and became a regular guest on The Opie and Anthony radio show. O'Neal would occasionally step in as the co-host. By 2006, O'Neal was the host of a relationship advice call-in show called The Black Dr Phil (on XM Satellite Radio). Aired periodically on Saturday nights, the show came to an abrupt end due to the station's budget concerns. The following year, O'Neal started his own internet show called The Patrice O'Neal Show – Coming Soon!
Along with the radio presenting, O'Neal did a One Night Special for HBO in 2005 and it was not after that he became the host for VH1's Web Junk 20. After a couple of seasons, O'Neal left the show, expressing that the 'audience was very different from his own.'
O'Neal performs in comedy clubs in New York, making headline appearances at Comix Comedy Club and Caroline's. In February of this year (2011) O'Neal did his first hour long special, Elephant in the Room, aired on Comedy Central.
This week (27 October 2011) it was revealed that O'Neal, a life-long diabetic, suffered a stroke last week. His condition is unknown. Charlie Sheen, comedians Colin Quinn and Jim Norton are amongst O'Neal's well-wishers.
On November 29th, 2011 Patrice O'Neal died from complications stemming from the stroke he suffered in October. He was 41 years old.
Patrice was taken from us far too soon. We lost him to a stroke shortly after this special was ...
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