As mentioned earlier, apart from being hilarious, one of the most noteworthy things about Patrice O'Neal was the level of admiration he garnered from his fellow comics. He had virtually as many fans within the stand-up community as he did in the theater seats, so the outpouring of tweets by comedians following the news of Patrice's death came as no surprise. As a tribute to Patrice and the high esteem in which he was held, we've collected some of those in-the-moment reactions from his friends in the comedy world.
Man, I am going to miss Patrice. Fuck, fuck, fuck. So sad. Loved that guy. He was a truly great comedian. An original. #RIPPatriceOneal
Whenever I watched Patrice live, I would question what I was doing on stage and how I could make it better. He was on another level. RIP
Thanks to everybody for the Patrice ONeal comments. One of a kind. In heaven right now, charming half and infuriating half, then reversing.
A sad day for comedians and comedy in general. #RIPPATRICE
Rest in peace Patrice O'Neal. Godspeed, brother.
Fuck, I am so sad. Just woke up to the news. We lost another great comic and a sweet guy, Patrice ONeal. My thoughts are with his family.
RIP Patrice O'Neal. So sad.
Uptight phonies are breathing a sigh of relief. RIP Patrice.
Dammit. Not Patrice O'Neal. He was relentlessly funny. He was amazing to watch on stage. He was important. Dammit.
RIP Patrice O'Neal. A day spent watching clips of him on-line is a day well spent.
Goodbye, Patrice O'Neal. I didn't know you well. But I knew you'd never miss Thanksgiving.
Patrice O'Neal. One of the funniest men who ever walked this earth. RIP.
Never saw anything funnier than watching somebody meet Patrice for the first time. The most purely funny human being I've ever met.
Anyone dying is sad. A comic dying, someone who brought laughter, leaves a hole that can't be filled. Rest in peace, Patrice.
Brilliant, unafraid, unapologetic. You inspired me and kept us all honest #RIPPatrice
Patrice O'Neal - sad to see such a great comedian go - R.I.P. you will be missed.
RIP Patrice O'Neal. This is awful.
Ah, shit. I didn't know him but I admired him. RIP Patrice O'Neil.
Another great comic gone. RIP Patrice O'Neal. Much love.
Sad news about Patrice ONeal. A true artist.
RIP Patrice O'Neil. Undeniably brilliant.
First thing Patrice said to me: "why are you hangin with an Asian? Give an Asian guy 5 minutes, that's it." #RIPPATRICE #SorrySteveByrne RIP to my friend Patrice O'Neal, a great thinker, a great comic, and a great human being. He had a truly unique perspective on this world
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Patrice O'Neal. I will miss you forever.
RIP Patrice Oneal - one of the best ever. Inspiring every time I heard him on anything.