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Behind the Curtain with Comedian Patti Vasquez

by Rochelle · 03.04.2014

Angeline, our marketing coordinator, sat down with comedian Patti Vasquez, one of the talented contributors to our line of Frank & Funny cards, to get to know her and ask a few fun questions. Patti authored the hilarious and best-selling “Spanx” card.

Cover:  “The creator of Spanx is a billionaire.”
Inside:  “Of course she is. Because bacon and doughnuts are delicious.”

Patti’s love of stand-up comedy began while watching The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson when she was just five years old. Several years later, she watched Margaret Cho perform during a televised comedy marathon. Patti identified with Cho’s tales of her immigrant mother; it was then that Patti decided to share her own story and become a comic.

These days Patti considers herself to be a “comedy reporter”—picking out the funniest parts of everyday life and retelling them in an entertaining way on stage. Her bits range from stories about her mother to how wearing Spanx is like being a can of biscuits. (“You pop me open and all the rolls come out.”) Above all, Patti intends for her comedy to be a little bit gentle. “I’m humor with a heart,” she says.

Q & A with Patti:

Who is your favorite comedian?
Two of my favorite comics are no longer with us so my fellow comics can’t judge me or themselves based on my answer. I LOVE George Carlin and Richard Pryor!

What is your personal motto?
My personal motto is: “You can’t control everything that happens but you can control how you react.”  I also love Buddha’s quote about anger: “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” I love it, but I’m not there… yet.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
CHOCOLATE is my guiltiest pleasure. In any form. Ice cream, candy, chips, cookies, brownies, melted pieces in my purse.

What would be your super power?
My super power would be to eat as much chocolate as I want without gaining weight and not having to wear Spanx!


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