Patti Vasquez is a comedian, writer, actor, activist, and talk show host who always loves finding the funny moments in life. She is also a candidate for Illinois State Representative in the 19th District.
Growing on the Northwest side of Chicago, Patti played baseball, worked at the neighborhood hotdog joint, and learned how to play gin rummy with her dad. She also learned how to make people laugh– often to the dismay of her teachers, who frequently sent her out to the hallway for disrupting the class. So, Patti learned how to write her thoughts down, focus on her path, and, after graduating from the University of Illinois with Highest Honors and a degree in history, entered the Ph.D. program at Northwestern University. However, surrounded by serious academics, she soon found she could not contain her sarcasm. Much to the dismay of her parents, Patti left the prestigious school to pursue a career where she could stand tall and tell the truth.
Patti set out to share her hilarious observations about how people behave, the crazy situations found in various odd jobs, and stories about her second generation Irish dad and Mexican immigrant mom. While studying improv and performing at open mics, she caught the attention of Zanies Comedy Club owner Rick Uchwat, who took her under his wing and managed her career. She became a Zanies regular, sharing the stage with comedy legends like, Lewis Black, Sarah Silverman, Brian Reagan, John Mulaney, Kevin Hart and John Pinnette. She hit the road, performing 48 weeks of the year in comedy clubs all over the world, and building a fan-base that continues to follow Patti on her adventures. Many return just find out about her family, occasionally yelling out “How’s your mom?” Patti never tires of catching them up on “Abuelita’s” antics.
In addition to headlining in comedy clubs and colleges all over the United States, Canada and Europe, Patti has written and performed three hit solo shows for theater audiences: Tequila and Shamrocks: Every Flower Has Her Roots, Pregnant Party Girl: From Stoli’s to Stirrups, Mamacita: Tales of a Diaper Diva. On television Patti has appeared on NICK’S MOM’S NIGHT OUT on Nickelodeon, THE VERY FUNNY SHOW on TBS, MTV’s Tr3s, COMEDY.TV, and Comics Unleashed. Patti also made regular appearances on the popular Bob and Tom TV Show on Superstation WGN and their daily morning radio show, syndicated in 139 cities across the country. Patti has appeared in many comedy festivals including Just For Laughs, HBO’s Las Vegas Comedy Festival, the Chicago Comedy Festival and Marshall’s Women in Comedy Festival in New York City.
Her TV special MY LIFE IS A JOKE aired on The Oprah Network in 2013. She co-hosted the daytime talk show pilot FUNNY GIRLS for ABC Television in 2014. For five years the Chicago native hosted her own talk show on WGN radio every night Monday through Friday. Chicagoans made the show #1 in its time slot. Now she’s the host of her own podcast, “The Patti Vasquez Show,” and she continues her advocacy while she runs for office.