‘Lipstick Mom’ Vasquez brings parenting humor to Crystal Lake
By JAMI KUNZER – firstname.lastname@example.org
WHEN: 8 p.m. Oct. 18
WHERE: Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake
INFO: Featuring Patti Vasquez, a Chicago native who got her start more than a decade ago at Zanies Comedy Club. Her unique perspective on family and relationships has been described as “comedy with a heart.” Tickets: $20. Tickets and information: 815-356-9212 or www.rauecenter.org.
In the journey of motherhood, it’s easy to forget the lipstick.
Don’t, says comedian Patti Vasquez, who will present “Lipstick Mom” at 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake.
The show’s theme grew out of Vasquez hearing, “You look good ... for having two kids.”
“I called it ‘Lipstick Mom’ because it seems odd to me that if you have kids you’re not allowed to look attractive,” she said. “You can. It just takes a little more elastic than it used to.”
A Chicago native who got her start more than a decade ago at Zanies Comedy Club, Vasquez has headlined comedy clubs and theaters throughout the country, often appearing at Lucy’s Comedy Cafe at the Raue.
She’s appeared in numerous comedy festivals, including HBO’s Las Vegas Comedy Festival, and in several television shows.
She also is featured on the new reality series, “My Life Is A Joke,” on the OWN network.
Having created “Lipstick Mom” last year, she’s determined to bring parenting humor back to the stage at a time when many comedians are more geared toward “party” humor, including Chelsea Handler and Sarah Silverman.
“There hasn’t really been any successful mom comedians in a long time,” she said.
Mom humor has waned since the days of Erma Bombeck, known for her newspaper column and bestselling humor books, and television shows, such as “Roseanne,” she said. One of the last television shows featuring mom humor was probably “Grace Under Fire” starring Brett Butler.
Because of this, Vasquez is working on a television script based on her comedy show.
Mother to two sons, including a special needs child, Vasquez’ humor has been described as tackling “social issues with a cheerful edginess that appeals to audiences of all backgrounds.”
As a mom, she said, “There are moments where you go, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to get through this moment.”
Humor helps, she said, and it’s inevitable.
She recalled the time her son yelled from the bathroom, “Mom, I have poop on my hands.”
“I have a college degree. I never thought I would have these conversations. It’s like, ‘Then wash your hands!’
“You use that voice all day when they’re little, ‘Okaaay, let’s gooo.’ All sing-songy. And then you’re talking to adults that way.”
The show not only creates an ideal outlet for women, she said, it has appealed to everyone because it’s simply stories about life.
She’s had single women without children come up to her after the show and say, “You’re the kind of mom I dream of being some day.”
As a child, she said she didn’t really consider herself funny. Some might remember her as quite and withdrawn, she said. She gained more confidence as she grew older.
“I’ve always used humor to get through anything,” she said.
Through the years, she’s written and performed various other hit solo shows for theater audiences, including “Tequila and Shamrocks: Every Flower Has Her Roots”; “Pregnant Party Girl: From Stoli’s to Stirrups”; and “Mamacita: Tales of a Diaper Diva.”
In describing her latest show on her blog at www.pattivasquez.com, she writes about her love of spanx and of course, lipstick.
“I may not have time to work out for hours, schedule facials, get my hair colored or shop for the latest fashions, but I always have time for lipstick,” she writes.