Canada denies Patrice Oneal border entry, canceling his Just For Laughs Montreal shows

Patrice Patrice Oneal has performed in Canada "40 times," but the forty-first time was not even close to the charm, as customs officials at the Canadian border refused Oneal entry, where he was supposed to perform his one-man show this week at Montreal's Just For Laughs festival.

The Zoofest (part of JFL) main page posted an update an hour ago to apologize for the cancellation, saying: "Sad but true. Patrice Oneal is no-go at Zoofest. These things happen in our world. We are very sorry. Everybody at Zoofest wanted to see Patrice Oneal as much as you guys did." In fact, Oneal was a big hit in Montreal two years ago with his previous one-man show (my review of Patrice Oneal at JFL Montreal in 2008).

What happened?

Oneal explained on his Twitter feed @BIGMOMMAPRODS on Monday night:

"I shoulda bn in montreal on saturday nite Canadian border police thought other wise. I now know I cn drive 12hrs straight if needed"

"For anyone who heard me talk about it. Yes for that."

"In a angry french girl accent it sounds really embarrassing. You commit RIP?!! Leave Kinuda now"

Opie & Anthony talked about it and played old tape that explains Oneal's statutory rape conviction from when he was just 16 (she was 15 and white) — 24 years ago. Audio content is NSFW:

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2 thoughts on “Canada denies Patrice Oneal border entry, canceling his Just For Laughs Montreal shows

  1. Patrice would rather bash women and crack himself up than do any actual comedy. His rapid-fire chimp chatter belongs on the back of a garbage truck, not on stage. He stinks up the O&A show every time. Get some punch lines you fat blob.

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