The It’s Pat Saturday Night Live skit, came around in the nineties as a neutral gendered character because the joke was that you couldn’t tell what gender he/she was.
Do you remember it?
We talk all about the Pat skit from Saturday Night Live. The film, SNL appearances and the T-shirts that have his/her likeness on them will be laid out here in case you don’t. We will talk about who and what inspired the character. Does this skit make you laugh?
The Saturday Night Live skit featuring the character Pat Riley is about an androgynous, squawky voiced, and socially inept person that no one can figure out if it’s a man or woman. The funny bit is how people who meet Pat try in a roundabout way to guess what Pats gender is by asking gender-specific questions. It never works as Pats answers only serve to frustrate them more.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a Just Pat DVD from SNL like they did with Will Farrell, Chris Farley, and other famous players from the main stage. I guess this skit didn’t rise to the same heights. The movie “It’s Pat” is still available on Amazon.
People who would like the movie are folks who remember the “It’s Pat” SNL bit from the nineties.
Who Played Pat On Saturday Night Live?
The role of Pat was played by Julia Sweeney on Saturday Night Live. She did well enough on the character to get a movie deal, but it was poorly received. Rotten Tomatoes actually gave the film a 0% for its rating. In the show Pat was a relatively harmless character, but, according to Variety Magazine, Sweeney turned him/her into a
“boorish, egotistical creep for the big screen.”
Amazon reviewers were a lot more generous though in their praise. In fact, 49% of the reviews gave it 5 stars. One review said it was really progressive for being made in 1994. The nineties weren’t known for political correctness and progressive agendas. I miss them so much.
This one review said that it was very accurate in portraying the day-to-day life of some person that identifies as queer at least. He/she couldn’t speak for others in the LGBT community obviously, but maybe this movie would fare better now than it did back then since people didn’t even take this issue seriously back then.
You can find Pat sketches still on Youtube like the one I dug up above. Just watch the Saturday Night Live skits featuring Pat and see if you like them. Julia Sweeney does excellent on the those SNL stage plays. These might inspire you to want to own the movie “It’s Pat” featuring the SNL androgynous Pat character. It’s unfortunate that the movie had to take away so much from the show.
Pat The Saturday Night Live Character: Does He/She Deserve T-Shirt Fame?
If you go by the SNL skit with Pat in it I would declare that performance T-shirt worthy, but not the movie. The tv version is much more enjoyable to watch as her awkward, socially inept character clashes with the irked people she comes into contact with. I find it funny about the unnerved reactions people get when Pat tries to talk about sex or hits on them. The nightly variety show version deserves props. The movie not so much, but decide for yourself.
I Believe This Skit Wouldn’t Fly Today
I’m not really sure if I’m right about this. I mean no offense, but this Pat skit from the 90’s is ahead of its time. The LGBT rights movement has been around for a while, but it wasn’t there when this skit was going. Or at least it was very underground.
I view Pat as a transgender and can see how in today’s climate no one would even dream of launching a play-skit on this topic. I might be wrong, but I wonder if this skit was written because people thought transgender people were fodder for the tabloids.
Do you think a skit about people trying to discern someone’s gender would last in today’s Social Media dominated society? I think not.
That’s what makes it relevant today too in my opinion. To me, the jokes are kind of corny, but funny nonetheless. Someone who has gone through the struggle of being transgender might NOT find it so funny. I am kind of interested in hearing what people from that demographic have to say about this Pat Saturday Night Live spiel. Would people have crucified SNL if it did something like this now? I really think they would.
My Thoughts On The “It’s Pat” SNL Spoofs
Saturday Night Live has had some great performances that made you roll on the floor. Chris Farley was my favorite with Matt Foley or The Chippendales parody. I laughed at that so hard the first time it was probably almost an emergency room visit.
Bill Murray, Will Ferrell, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, and a whole slew of other greats have made SNL the hilarious show it is to this day. Kate Mckinnon is the next great actress I predict will have a great career.
Where does the Pat sketches measure up? I think the Pat sketches are funny, but not the best that SNL has provided as evidenced by the fact that only die-hard fans even remember it. You remember sketches like Waynes World, the Two Wild and Crazy Guys, Matt Foley The Motivational Speaker much easier than this one.
It’s Pat is not nearly as memorable. The film even less. You can get the film from Amazon at the bottom of this page if you want to. There are all kinds of pricing options available. Go with the cheapest one as long as you pay attention to the product quality. I wouldn’t bother with it because of the reviews, but comedy tastes are different.
Where Can You Get Your Own Pat T-Shirt?
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