In this hilarious and educational comedy show, Patrick Holbert tells stories and jokes about his past addiction and current sobriety. “Punch Line Drunk” outlines his transformative journey from abusing substances to amusing audiences. It’s an informational “TED Talk of Shame” spanning his college years as an overachiever under the influence, his debaucherous career as a TV producer, and how it all came crashing down.
With 10 years clean, Patrick performs standup nightly in New York City’s best comedy clubs and seediest bars. He has proclaimed himself “The Jason Bourne of safely navigating booze-soaked environments.” During this presentation, students will be asked to consider their own relationships with alcohol and other drugs while also learning pragmatic ways to live a fun and productive life without getting wasted.
After joining him on this twisted saga from keg stands to standup, audiences are encouraged to participate in an interactive Q&A.
Click above to watch a video message from Patrick about our current era and virtual options.
Patrick Holbert is a former TV producer-turned-standup comedian who performs in New York City’s hottest bars and clubs every night. He has appeared on Sirius XM, TruTV, The Travel Channel, and was the host of the internationally syndicated TV show “The Movie Loft” for two years. The New York Times called him the "charming M.C." of the children's variety show he performed in from 2015-2017.
Currently ten years sober, Patrick hilariously uses his past struggles with alcohol as fodder for his brutally honest comedy. With jokes and autobiographical stories, his main goal is to destigmatize challenging topics such as mental health, addiction, and family dysfunction. When he’s not on stage, he also works as a substance abuse counselor and recovery coach. An active member in his sober community, Patrick is married and lives in Brooklyn.
We were very satisfied with Patrick’s talk. He was prepared and comfortable to begin speaking. We liked how he was approachable and willing to tailor his presentation to our needs. He was vulnerable and professional. Although most of the room knew about us, it was nice to see the support and the purpose. I would recommend him to other colleges, both in general and specifically for CRP/C's.
Jordan Baez, Project Coordinator, University of Nevada – Reno: Recovery and Prevention Program