BATAVIA – Chicago comedian Patti Vasquez will be the featured comedy act Saturday as part of the “Comedy For Access Toys” fundraiser at the Batavia Moose Lodge, 1532 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be bought at the door.
The evening’s activities also include a 50/50 raffle and silent auction, with proceeds helping support the Batavia Access toy program, which will distribute toys to needy local families before Christmas. More than 500 families from the greater Batavia community last year received toys through the program.
Vasquez is known for her one-woman show, “Lipstick Mom,” as well as her WGN Radio show and being part of the “My Life Is A Joke” show on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Those who come out to Saturday’s show can expect to hear some of the humor that has made her popular.
“They can expect silly and fun stories about my family and me,” Vasquez said.
Vasquez is one of five Chicago female comedians featured on the “My Life Is A Joke” show.
“It’s kind of a documentary because they air it in bits and pieces,” she said. “The producers were looking for someone who had experience, and they wanted someone who told heartwarming stories and stories about struggle, and I kind of fit that mold, too.”
Vasquez also started hosting a show on WGN-AM this year.
“I’m very excited about that,” she said. “They give me a microphone for three hours every week, and we’re going to be expanding to the FM digital side, so I’ll have a show called the ‘Lipstick Mom.’ ”
The show’s name comes from a comment Vasquez heard from someone who attended one of her comedy shows.
“He asked me, ‘You’re a mom? Wow, you look good for being a mom,’ ” Vasquez said. “The idea is, yeah, I’ve got kids, but I can look good. It might take me a little more elastic and lipstick, but I can get there.”
She loves interacting with the show’s listeners.
“I had listeners call in about their ‘worst firsts,’ their worst first date or their worst first job or their worst first car, and people call in with their stories, and I love hearing them,” Vasquez said.
Vasquez said Chicago is a good breeding ground for comedians.
“We might be cynical, but we’re always looking for the better things,” she said. “We’re always trying to look at the positive side.”