Patrice Oneal gets gigs at Comedy Central

Network orders pilot presentation, stand-up special

Comedy Central is teaming with comedian Patrice Oneal for a pilot presentation and stand-up special.

The semi-scripted comedy/reality presentation, titled "Patrice Oneal's Guide to White People," will star Oneal as a professor of whiteness teaching a Whitey 101 class at an adult school that is designed for foreigners as well as Americans who want to learn "what white people are about and how to get along with them," Oneal said.

He said he got the initial idea after interjecting into a conversation between two white guys about guitar riffs. The men were stunned when Oneal's commented about how great he thought the riff in Eagles' "Hotel California" is.

"I thought it would be a great idea if we just did the show from that angle: I'm a guy who tries to learn about white folks," he said. To do that, in the reality portion of the show, Oneal will get on the street to learn about things white people love, like vintage clothing.

Ish Entertainment is producing the presentation, with the company's Michael Hirschorn executive producing along with Oneal, Gino Tomac and Oneal's manager, Jonathan Brandstein.

Oneal's stand-up special for Comedy Central will shoot this year.

Paradigm-repped Oneal is a familiar face on Comedy Central. He was one of five regular guests on the network's "Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn" and appeared on "Premium Blend," "Chappelle's Show" and the animated stand-up series "Shorties Watchin' Shorties." He also fronted his own comedy special.

Oneal also had a recurring role on NBC's "The Office."
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