Patricia “Ms. Pat” Lee is a stand-up comic, who was a semi-finalist on the TV show “Last Comic Standing,” was a guest judge at Morty’s Comedy Club on Friday November 6. After judging the nine comics who were participating in the event know as “Trials of Laughter,” she got on stage and performed her comedy bits. After making some jokes about people in the audience, her children and family, and other things about her life, she sat down with me for a Q&A.
How did you get into Comedy?
A trip to the welfare office. My caseworker thought I was funny. It’s my caseworker’s job to find me a job, so she thought I would be good being a comedian. She was like, “You’re funny, but you got an eighth grade education. It’s not like I can tell you to go out and get a fucking real job--do something you like.” So she told me I was funny, and I was like, “What the fuck you mean?” Then I went to open mic. So she wanted to get me a job because that was her job, and I didn’t want a job. But she kept pushing me, so I went out.
What was your experience on “Last Comic Standing”?
It was great! I thought I was going to go farther, so when I was cut, I was like, “Hey did ya’ll make a mistake?” Like everybody else, too, when they lost: “Hey, you made the wrong person go home.”
How do you come up with your material?
Just life, everyday [life]. I could probably write a joke every day. I try to write a joke every day. I get a premise of a joke every day. Stuff my kids say, stuff my kids do. It’s just me.
Why do you enjoy being a comedian?
It’s free. Because when you tell somebody everything about you, they can’t judge you, right? You can’t talk about me, because I already told you. You can’t go behind my back and say “she missin’ a nipple,” [because,] bitch, I already told everybody that.
It was the first club I landed when I moved here from Atlanta. And I really made friends with the general manager, and he was the general manager [before the new ownership]. He helped me a lot along the way. He knew a lot about comedy, so he was like my comedy buddy and he would help me put it together. It was almost like he was my daddy and he raised me.
Where do you plan to take comedy in life?
One day I can hopefully sell out venues. I’d love to have a sitcom one day. I got a book coming out.
Can you go further into detail about your book coming out?
I have a book coming out named “Rabbit,” my drug dealer name, and it’s a real book. It’ll be out in April of next year. I talk about my whole life story, like stuff I do not put on stage. I talk about things from [when I] went through molestation to barring my momma. That’s just how wild things get.
What are some of the positives things you do that you like and what are some things you think you need to work on stage?
New jokes is something I always need to work on. The positives: I tell all of this stuff that is very dark but true, and I try to bring humor to it to let people know to not worry about what causes you pain, find a way to laugh at it. That’s when you know that you got control of your situation. That’s what I get people to try to take away from my show. If somebody stuck their thumb up your ass, was it bad going in or coming out? Just find a way [to make it funny;] either laugh when it was going in or when it was coming out. Because you got control, you can be like, “Oh, you stuck your thumb in my ass, but I can still smile.”