Ms. Pat hasn’t lived the life of your typical comedian. Born to a single mother of five, living on welfare in a tough West end neighborhood of Atlanta during the height of the crack epidemic, Ms. Pat learned early on she would have to fend for herself in this world. Pat watched as her alcoholic mother struggled to get by on charity, cons and petty crimes. At seven, Pat was taught to roll drunks for money. For years during her childhood, she and her sister suffered sexual abuse at the hands of their mother’s boyfriend. At twelve, she was targeted for sex by a man eight years her senior. By thirteen, she was pregnant. And by fifteen, Pat was a mother of two.
At 19 with two toddlers and a new husband she is handed 4 more young children from her sister who was struggling with drug addiction. The next 10 years of her life are spent raising those 6 children. Part of that process included visits to the welfare office for food stamps and Section 8 housing assistance for her sister’s children. It was during these visits that Ms. Pat was first told she had a talent for telling funny stories. In 2003 with her case-worker’s encouragement she decided to go on stage and appeared at the Open-Mic-Night at “The Pub” in Atlanta. From the moment she stepped on stage she knew she had found her place.
Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat (Dey Street Books) is a remarkable memoir that tells the bold and deeply original story of one woman’s determination, resilience, and unlikely humor. Rabbit is an unflinching memoir of cinematic scope and unexpected humor. With wisdom and humor, Pat gives us a rare glimpse of what it’s really like to be a black mom in America.
With a comedy career now spilling over 15 years this powerful woman brings an honest, in your face, and hilarious perspective to her shows. She has appeared on TV Guide Network’s “Standup in Stilettos”, and Nickelodeons “Mom’s Night Out”. She is a regular guest on the syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show, and appeared on Katt Williams DVD “Kattpacalypse”. In January of 2015 she appeared on Comedy Central’s “This is Not Happening” and NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”, and in July of 2016 Ms. Pat performed at the Montreal Comedy Festival appearing in Kevin Hart’s “LOL”, and Jeff Ross “Roast Battle” for Comedy Central.
She has become a Podcast celebrity with appearances on TalkinS hit with Eddie Ifft, WTF with Marc Maron, The Joe Rogan Experience, Ari Shafir’s Skeptic Tank, The CrabFeast with Ryan Sickler and Jay Larson, and Your Mom’s House with Christina Pazsitzky and Tom Segura, the Bertcast with Bert Kreischer.
Ms. Pat currently resides with her husband and three children in Indianapolis.
Praise for Rabbit:
Nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work
Amazon “Best of the Year” in Biography & Memoir category
“Rabbit tells how it went down with brutal honesty and outrageous humor in unexpected places.”
--New York Times
“Unforgiving and darkly hilarious.”
“Rabbit feels like you are sitting in Williams’ living room, listening to her tell story after story over a cup of coffee. Somehow she’s managed to pull hilarity out of heartache. And when you are done laughing, you rejoice, her final words ringing in your ears.”
“People say “I laughed and I cried” and it sounds like a cliché. But Rabbit really took me there. It’s everything—poignant, heartbreaking and hilarious—all at once. I couldn’t put it down.”
-- Lee Daniels, creator of Empire
“She was able to elevate her personal stories of horror, sadness, violence, insanity into something that people can understand and relate to and see into a world that many of us don’t know.”
-- Marc Maron
“Not only is Ms. Pat FUNNY as hell...But it wasn’t until I read Rabbit that I discovered how much she’s really been through. Ms. Pat survived PTA meetings and getting shot. That’s some real-ass shit!”
-- Roseanne Barr
“This is, in short, a humdinger of a memoir – mesmerizing”
“Her story is one that dares everyone reading it to dream bigger.”
“Riveting…this is one autobiography that should not be missed.”
“Ms. Pat, gives readers insight into what it’s really like to be young black woman growing up in America.”
“Both savagely honest and often genuinely funny, this is the story of how a resilient woman survived a harrowing early life and found unexpected salvation through humor.”
“As heartbreaking as it is darkly hilarious, Rabbit will make you wipe away both tears of joy and sorrow...a memoir filled with wit and wisdom...Honest, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny, Williams’ book is an absolute must-read.”
"An extraordinary memoir…[Rabbit] is both uproariously funny and heartbreakingly sad… Despite all the difficult parts, Ms. Pat’s story reminds us that redemption is always possible, and that love and humor can heal all wounds.”
--Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star
“Like Ms. Pat, I grew up in the hood during the crack epidemic, but I’ve never read anything like Rabbit. I didn’t know a story this sad could make me laugh so hard. That’s the comic genius of Ms. Pat!”
--Loni Love, co-host of The Real