Ollie Joe Prater

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Ollie Joe Prater
Birth name Gilbert Hartzog
Born United States
Died November 25, 1991
Albion, Michigan, United States
Medium Stand-up, television, film
Nationality American
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

Ollie Joe Prater (born Gilbert Hartzog) was an American stand-up comedian and television personality.[1] He made frequent appearances on The Tonight Show.[2][3]

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.[2][4] 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.[5][6]

Prater died from complications of a stroke on November 25, 1991.[2]


  • The Best of Ollie Joe Prater (1991) Laughing Hyena Records


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