Over 21 years of comedy and community!
Patti O’Furniture was born out of a dare from the students of college professor Pat Patterson in the fall of 1999 and has followed a very non-traditional path into female impersonation ever since. Called the “yard sale with legs” because most of her initial costumes were gifts from other entertainers and fans, her mix of professionalism and quick wit have earned her a spot as one of the most sought-after emcees in the region.
She first hit the stage on October 11, 1999 and has been entertaining audiences across the country ever since. From Los Angles to Boston and New York to New Orleans, she has worked at some of the most legendary clubs and queens - but she’s a Southern girl at heart and will always be proud to call the Carolinas home.
A fixture on the Charleston drag scene from hosting Charleston Pride or Big Gay Bingo for Palmetto Community Care, she hosts a monthly drag brunch at Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company as well as drag bingo at Pounce Cat Cafe and launched her Drag Spectacular stage show at the Charleston Music Hall in 2020. Patti can also be seen hosting the longest running drag show in Columbia, SC at PT’s 1109 on Assembly Street every Tuesday at 9pm. For many years, she hosted the BIG FUN Drag Show at the Bar @ 316 in Charlotte, NC.
In 2006 she was chosen as Miss South Carolina Pride but doesn’t need a title to support PRIDE where ever she goes. For the past several years, she has served as host and emcee for the Charlotte Pride, Salisbury (NC) Pride and Upstate SC Pride festivals in addition to Charleston, SC. For seven years, she hosted the SC Pride Parade live on WXRY 99.3 FM in Columbia.
In 2010, Patti was crowned Miss Red Ribbon Friends in Myrtle Beach and spent her reign raising money for HIV/AIDS services along the SC coast.
In 2012, she was presented with the crown and title of Vista Queen Emeritus for her fundraising for Trustus Theatre in Columbia where she help raise over $75,000 to support professional theatre.
One thing has remained consistent since that very first show: every dollar that Patti collects on stage gets donated back to the community. All of her tips are donated to causes including HIV/AIDS prevention and education, animal welfare, LGBTQ+ civil rights, the environment and a host of local arts organizations. To date, she has raised over $1.5 million… one dirty dollar bill at a time!
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Having earned a Bachelor's degree, two Master's degrees and nearing completion on her PhD., Patti may very well be the most educated drag queen in the country!
Patti's grandfather was once Governor of South Carolina and later a US Senator. Patti's mother served on county council, in the state senate and eventually in the US House of Representatives.
As a comedy queen, Patti has always used balloons to create her breasts. After some trial & error, she realized you need to let a little air out first to keep the balloons from popping.