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Comedian Patrice O’Neal dead at 41

Comedian Patrice O’Neal dead at 41 (photo)

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Comedian Patrice O’Neal passed away on Tuesday at the age of 41. The diabetic funnyman suffered a stroke last month, and succumbed to unspecified complications November 29, according to reports. O’Neal’s agent Matt Frost issued a statement today, saying, “It is with terrible sadness we must report that Patrice O’Neal passed away this morning… due to the complications of the stroke he suffered on October 19.”

O’Neal began his comedy career in Boston, where he established himself as a confrontational, provocative stage presence. In 2005, he filmed a half-hour “One Night Stand” for HBO; in ’07, he made his first appearance on MTV’s “Def Comedy Jam” in 2007, and soon won spots on “Late Night With Conan O’ Brien” and “The Late Show With David Letterman.” In February of 2011, Comedy Central broadcast his first hour-long special, “Elephant In The Room.”

Earlier today, fellow comedian Jim Norton confirmed O’Neal’s death via Twitter, where he wrote, “Yes it’s true that our pal Patrice O’Neal has passed away. The funniest and best thinker I’ve known. PERIOD.”

O’Neal’s other credits include guest roles on “Arrested Development,” “Chappelle Show,” and “The Office,” as well as regular appearances on Sirius’ “Opie and Anthony” radio show. Most recently, O’Neal participated in Comedy Central’s roast of Charlie Sheen in September.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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