Published on Saturday, 23 March 2013 10:44
Top Chicago comedian Patti Vasquez will get the chance to host her own radio show this Sunday night on WGN-AM. While she has frequently been a guest on other radio shows in town over the last decade or so, especially on WGN Radio, this will be her first time as a solo host of a show.
Patti Vasquez is a Chicago native who began her comedy career in 1995. She had decided to drop out of graduate school at Northwestern University where she was studying for her PhD in History, to try her had as a stand-up, starting by being an emcee at Zanies Comedy Club. From there, she has gone on to be one of the biggest comedians in the Chicago market and achieving some national notoriety, as well. In addition to her near-constant stand-up touring, Vasquez has done four critically-acclaimed one-woman theater shows, including her most recent one, "Lipstick Mom." In 2002, she self-released a CD of her stand-up routine, entitled "Just Call Me Peppermint." She has been seen nationally on the Oprah Winfrey's cable/satellite channel OWN as one of the stars of the show "My Life Is A Joke." Vasquez currently has a sitcom about her life in the developmental stage.
On radio, she can often be heard nationally on the syndicated "Bob & Tom Show." Locally, she was a frequent guest of Steve Cochran's WGN-AM highly-rated afternoon show, as the two stand-up comics were good friends. Vasquez would often do stand-up performances with Cochran, including his popular New Year's Eve shows.
Tomorrow night, Vasquez will be the one controlling the radio show from behind the microphone. "The Patti Vasquez Show" will make its debut Sunday night, airing from 10:00pm-1:00am. As for the topics she has planned for the show, Vasquez said on her Facebook page yesterday
"I have a plan...ish. We're doing politics, sports, a Lipstick Mom segment, food...." She also said "Would love to hear from you on the air - call, tweet, Facebook, text, messenger pigeon...."
Should Sunday night's show go well, look for more Patti Vasquez weekend and fill-in roles on WGN Radio in the future.
For those who want to hear more of Patti Vasquez in the meantime, she will be making 10 different local appearances in April -- nine stand-up shows at Zanies Comedy Clubs in Chicago and St. Charles and one theater show at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago. Details can be found on her website, the appropriately named PattiVasquez.com