In The Loop Guest Bios
COMEDIAN/WRITER/ ON AIR PERSONALITY
Funny happens. And it always happens when comedian Patti Vasquez is around. You don’t have to take our word for it either. Lewis Black says, “Patti is simply marvelous.” Bill Maher called her, “The funniest woman in comedy since Carol Burnett.”
For some reason being a mother of two with a “stay at home Dad” (which sounds so much better than “unemployed husband”) while living with her parents is a great motivator for Patti to just get out of the house.
But Patti loves being a mom to her beautiful little boys. Griffin, who loves trains, Batman and talking as much as his mom, is the best big brother to Declan, who loves music, water and hugs. Declan also happens to have special needs, a part of Patti’s life that she isn’t afraid to talk about. She has begun sharing her story with humor and heart for groups such as the Iowa Department of Education, The Hope Network and Gilda’s Club.
Patti Vasquez is a Lipstick Mom. She believes that being a wife and mother doesn’t prevent you from feeling attractive. It says something when you can still feel good even if you’ve spent the day doing laundry and washing sippy cups.
Patti doesn’t dwell on the minutia of motherhood. She tackles social issues with a cheerful edginess that appeals to audiences of all backgrounds. Her hilarious take on the foibles of the human experience keeps people coming back to see what she has to say about relationships, pop culture and random encounters with strangers who have no idea she’s cataloging their ridiculous behavior to share with audiences all over the world.
In addition to headlining in comedy clubs and colleges all over the United States, Canada and Europe, Patti has written and performed four hit solo shows for theater audiences:
- “Tequila and Shamrocks: Every Flower Has Her Roots”
- “Pregnant Party Girl: From Stoli’s to Stirrups”
- “Mamacita: Tales of a Diaper Diva”
- “Lipstick Mom: From Mommy To Mamalicious”
Patti has appeared in many comedy festivals including Just For Laughs, HBO’s Las Vegas Comedy Festival, the Chicago Comedy Festival and Marshall’s Women in Comedy Festival in New York City.
On television Patti has appeared on the VERY FUNNY SHOW on TBS and COMEDY.TV along with regular appearances on the wildly popular BOB & TOM TV Show on Superstation WGN and their daily morning radio show syndicated in 139 cities across the country. And now, Patti is featured on the brand new reality series “My Life Is A Joke” on the OWN network!
If you want to be where the funny is then you want to be there when “Patti Happens”.
Neal Zavzove is a skilled attorney and counselor with extensive experience in state and federal courts in diverse areas of law, including: labor and employment, contracts, real estate development and litigation, business planning, business dissolution, collective bargaining, HIPPA compliance, medical and pharmaceutical contractual compliance, intellectual property litigation, insurance coverage, products liability, personal injury, consumer protection, Federal Employees Liability Act, Condominium Act litigation and professional malpractice defense. He has acted as a Federal and State trial consultant to several national law firms.
Neal went to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for his undergraduate degree and completed his J.D. at The John Marshall Law School. He has been licensed to practice law in Illinois since 1982.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Ivy Walker is a start-up and growth executive whose background includes a wide range of entrepreneurial experiences in both for-profit and not-for-profit/social venture settings.
She has previously held roles such as President of a venture-backed consumer health start-up that successfully launched a health gamification platform, CEO of a global social venture that brought diagnostic medical imaging to developing countries, and CEO of a business accelerator for start-up and high growth companies.
Ivy holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
She was awarded Kellogg's Alumni Entrepreneur Supporter of the Year Award and the Anti-Defamation League's Rising Star Award.
Her civic and professional activities include serving as Board Vice Chairman for Kaleidoscope Inc., a non-profit child welfare agency and serving on the board of Golden Apple Foundation, a nationally recognized non-profit that prepares teachers to be successful in schools of need in Illinois. She is also an active member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Chicago Club.
Ivy lives in Chicago's Printers' Row neighborhood with her daughter Faith-Christina. She is an avid traveler and is pursuing a lifelong goal of visiting 100 countries and all seven continents. She is also an aspiring Cessna Pilot.