Recently voted Best Female Comic at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, stand-up comedienne Pat BrownÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s career is heading north- 900 miles north to be exact.
By Noah Gardenswartz
Comedienne Pat Brown will perform at any club, any time, anywhere. With 12 years of experience under her belt, Brown is as versatile a stand-up as you will find. Willing to go from black clubs and smoky bars to corporate events and church group meetings, Brown knows how to make any audience roll with laughter.
That is the result of both her engaging yet silly persona on-stage, and her relentless work ethic. SheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s traveled extensively, written at length and honed her craft as a performer, which are all part of the reason sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s beginning to achieve the levels of success that only hard work and obvious talent can bring.
To say that comedy was a natural fit for Brown would be a lie, however. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, she grew up as a shy Tom Boy, far more interested in shooting hoops than cracking jokes. After high school, a full athletic scholarship took her to South Carolina State University where she frequently had to choose between her obligations to the basketball team, and her passion for acting. Having graduated without ever satisfying her desire for the stage and spotlight, Pat moved to Atlanta and made herself a promise.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I promised myself on my birthday that I would try stand-up, and once I released the dread of just doing it, and got the monkey off my back, I fell in love with it,Ã¢â‚¬Â Brown recalls.
Well, since then – to quote LL Cool J – sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been doing it, and doing it, and doing it well. It took Brown some time to find her voice on stage, but now she displays a style and act that are strictly her own.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a woman, and a black woman, but my material is not what you would expect from a black-woman comic,Ã¢â‚¬Â she says.
Brown talks more about social mores than she does about men and shopping, and she often ditches the vulgarity and profanity for wholesome humor that utilizes her playful nature. On stage, she will sing, dance and act for a good laugh.
This past February, Brown was invited to the prestigious Las Vegas Comedy Festival. She went home with the award for Best Female Comic. SheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s now getting ready for her April performance at Laugh Across America in New York City, where she will be competing for a spot at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen next winter.
In recent months, BrownÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been seen on Comedy CentralÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Laffapalooza, CMT Comedy Stage and Comic View on BET. How many comedians can you think of could successfully appear on both CMT and BET?
It seems as though the industry is finally ready for Pat, and she realizes that her life will change as a result. Although she loves living in Atlanta, she plans on moving to New York full time by 2008 to pursue comedy, acting and writing; but of course, sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll never forget where she started.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll always love Atlanta, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hard to make it there if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not a stripper,Ã¢â‚¬Â she says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“In Atlanta strippers make more than teachers. If I were a teacher IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d teach stripping. And the parents should like it, because it saves them money on school clothes.Ã¢â‚¬Â She may be pretty, but Pat Brown belongs on the stage, not on the pole.
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