Introduction of Ms. Pat
Declared by The Washington Post as “unforgiving and darkly hilarious,” and The New York Times as “brutally honest and outrageous,” Patricia Williams (aka Ms. Pat) is a comedian, author, radio host, podcaster, and actress who brings a raw, in your face, and hilarious perspective to her work. With an Emmy-nominated multi-cam series based on her own life, an overall deal with BET/Paramount Global, her popular first Netflix hour streaming, and sold-out standup shows nationwide, Ms. Pat is headed for comedy superstardom.
In 2023, Pat’s multi-cam sitcom The Ms. Pat Show premiered its third season on BET+. Season 1 of the series garnered a 2022 Emmy nomination in the “Outstanding Direction For A Comedy Series” category for the episode where Pat confronts the man who sexually and domestically abused her as a teenager. The premiere of the series shattered records for viewing and audience engagement on the BET+ platform and almost crashed the app. Decider raved “The Ms. Pat Show is bound to be one of the year’s notable new comedies” and Essence Magazine gushed “Ms. Pat is headed for the comedy stratosphere.” Hollywood legends Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment are producing the series along with powerhouse producer Lee Daniels. Based on her own life, the show tells the story of a former convicted felon turned suburban mom (Ms. Pat), whose hustle and resilient spirit was forged on the streets of Atlanta. To much reserve, she and her family now find themselves in conservative middle America. Iconic TV producer Norman Lear loved the pilot episode so much that he reached out to Pat personally to meet with her.
BET/Paramount Global also just signed Pat to a multi-genre overall deal under which she will produce, write and perform in new series and other projects—both scripted and unscripted— across BET linear, BET+, and Paramount Global platforms. Via her namesake production banner, Williams aims to create content both on-screen and behind the camera that inspires conversation through humor and raw honesty.
Under this deal, she debuted her new weekly court show Ms. Pat Settles It on BET, in which Pat takes hold of the gavel to settle people’s everyday disputes. Another hit for the rapidly emerging entertainment mogul, the series premiered as the No. 2 show on primetime television for Black viewers as well as Black women in the 18-49 demographic.
In September 2021, Pat returned to her hometown of Atlanta to tape her first hour standup special, Y’All Wanna Hear Something Crazy?, which premiered on Netflix February 8th, 2022. In 2017, she published her memoir Rabbit with Harper Collins. The book chronicled her incredible and moving story: by the age of 15, and known by her street name “Rabbit,” Pat was a single mother of two selling crack in the inner city of Atlanta. At 19, with two toddlers and a new husband, she was handed 4 more young children from her sister who was struggling with drug addiction. With her husband’s help and encouragement, she finally decided to get on the straight and narrow, and on the encouragement of her case-worker, she went to her first open-mic. From the moment she stepped on stage she knew she had found her place. Rabbit was nominated for an NAACP Award for Outstanding Literary Work and Rotten Tomatoes included it on their list of “Books Becoming TV Series We Cannot Wait to See.” Publishers Weekly raved “Williams displays self-deprecating humor in her book’s dramatic moments, and she bares her soul throughout this inspiring, page-turning narrative” while USA Today gushed “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.”
In addition to her other projects, Ms. Pat has long been a favorite with standup critics and fans. In 2019 she was hailed by Variety as a “Top 10 Comic to Watch.” She has appeared on Netflix’s The Degenerates and Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy, Comedy Central’s This Is Not Happening, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and Nickelodeon’s Mom’s Night Out. She has also appeared as an actress in the Paramount Plus film “Zoey 102”and voiced a role in Nickelodeon’s “Big City Greens.”
In addition to her standup and TV projects, Pat hosts her own popular podcast The Patdown. Pat is a regular on iHeart Radio’s wildly popular national morning show The Breakfast Club, and she has become a podcast celebrity with multiple appearances on WTF with Marc Maron, The Joe Rogan Experience, and The Bertcast with Bert Kreischer.
Check out the following Podcasts featuring the hilarious Ms. Pat!!
Tower Theater – Oklahoma City, OK
AmeriStar Casino – Kansas City, MO
Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN
Knight Theater – Charlotte, NC
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Off the Hook Comedy Club – Naples, FL
Paramount Theatre – Austin, TX
The Belasco Netflix is a Joke – Los Angeles, CA