Ms. Pat’s comedy career began in a Georgia welfare office more than a decade ago.
She explained her sad life story to the case manager there, hoping to gain her sympathy. But, instead, the woman started cracking up, the comedian said this week.
“She thought that crap was funny,” Ms. Pat said.
Ever since, she’s been dishing out her life details on stage and cracking up audiences.
Tonight, she will headline the Hoosier Heartland Comedy Series at Elite Banquet & Conference Center. Kokomo native Marques Bunn will open for her.
Ms. Pat said being a female comic is hard. She’s actually had men tell her they wanted to hate her and her act just because she’s a woman. By the end of it, though, they couldn’t help but like her, she said.
“If I can make an old, white guy laugh, I feel like I’m winning,” she said.
Ms. Pat keeps it real…literally.
Her whole act is a series of stories about her life. There’s the story about getting pregnant at 14 or the one about getting shot twice and hit by a dump truck. She has stories about her days as a drug dealer where she went by the name Rabbit.
None of those stories were funny at the time, she said. It was a dark period. But she survived and came out on top, so now she can look back on it and laugh.
She hopes Kokomo will laugh with her tonight, she said.
These days, though, her stories revolve around raising kids and being a wife. There’s no shortage of crazy antics to draw from either.
“I don’t have to write material,” she said. “It happens every day at my house. This is real life stuff.”
Before audience members get to hear about Ms. Pat’s crazy stories, though, they’ll hear from Bunn, a 1993 graduate of Kokomo High School.