Adrian Nicole LeBlanc has a great profile in NY Mag of the comic Patrice O’Neal who passed away last year. It was hard to find a representative paragraph, so this will do. Just read it.
Oâ€™Nealâ€™s work fought back not by running from the stereotypes but by refashioning them and trying them on, to see what fitâ€”and what didnâ€™tâ€”and he coaxed his audiences to do the same. Could women really deny that they wore sexy clothing at work to turn men on? Didnâ€™t all men have â€œrape-yâ€ thoughts? Oâ€™Neal was determined that his comedy be something scary and exciting that he and the audience were creating togetherâ€”they wouldnâ€™t be able to pretend they hadnâ€™t been a part of it afterward.