By the time Ms. Pat was 15, she had two kids, dropped out of school and began dealing drugs. A caring social worker and a responsible man that became her husband helped her turn her life around. “The cycle in my family is alcohol, drugs and drop out,” she says. But her case worker saw something special in her and would always set aside an hour to hear her tales of woe because they were so funny. “I’d tell these stories and she’d laugh, her eyes pouring tears like rain. I didn’t know what was so funny and she said, ‘Girl, you should be a comedian.’ ” The two are still friends to this day. “I just spoke to her this morning. She’s my kids’ godmother.” Now gaining more TV exposure, Ms. Pat is set to release a book in 2016 and has several other projects in the works.
Showtimes Thursday-Sunday. $12-$15. Funny Bone on the Levee, Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., 859-957-2000, funnyboneonthelevee.com.