Ollie Joe Prater
|Ollie Joe Prater|
|Birth name||Gilbert Hartzog|
|Died||November 25, 1991
Albion, Michigan, United States
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film|
|Genres||Character comedy, observational comedy, satire, political satire, black comedy, sarcasm|
|Subject(s)||American culture, sex, everyday life, drugs, human behavior, American politics, pop culture|
Prater got his start in stand-up comedy in the 1970s at The Comedy Store and eventually performed in comedy clubs throughout the United States and was a featured performer at many Las Vegas casinos. Prater acted in the film Can I Do It 'Till I Need Glasses? that featured Robin Williams in his first film performance. Prater went on to release comedy video specials and albums.
Prater died from complications of a stroke on November 25, 1991.
- The Best of Ollie Joe Prater (1991) Laughing Hyena Records
- Gregory Curtis (October 1979). "Theater In Brief". Texas Monthly.
- "Ollie Joe Prater; Nightclub and Television Comic". The Los Angeles Times. 1991-11-27.
- Thomas K. Arnold (1987-10-03). "Would-be Comics Try To Beat Down Door To Fame". The Los Angeles Times.
- "Ollie Joe Prater". The New York Times.
- "Truly Tasteless Jokes". The New York Times.
- Chuck Miller (2012-03-05). "Albums I Want To Be Buried With: The Best of Ollie Joe Prater, "Triple Trouble"". The Times Union.
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