Patti Harrison (born 31 October 1990) is an American actress and comedian. She is best known for her roles in comedy series such as Shrill (2019–2021) and I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson (2019–present), as well as the comedy film Together Together (2021), with the latter earning her a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.
Patti Harrison is her real name and birth name as well.
Early Life and Career
Harrison was born in Orient, Ohio, United States on October 31, 1990, the youngest of seven children of a Vietnamese mother and an American father from Detroit. Her father was in the U.S. Army and met her mother during the Vietnam War. He died from a heart attack when Harrison was six. Harrison enjoyed watching Mad TV during her childhood and admired the female comedians on the show, especially Mo Collins, Nicole Sullivan, and Debra Wilson. Her first involvement in comedy came through her participation in an improv team at Ohio University, which she attended but did not graduate from.
Harrison moved to New York City to pursue a comedy career in 2015, but later moved to Los Angeles. She has said that her stand-up comedy style has changed drastically since her early days performing, having initially felt anxious about making jokes about sex and her sexuality due to internalized transphobia stemming from being a trans woman. In an interview with Vogue, she described her comedic persona: “I’m a nasty, stupid person—that’s my voice. I’m an evil, shitty person on stage, in a very conscious way—the evil is punching up.”
In 2017, Harrison gained wider prominence for her appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where she made jokes about then-President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people in the military. Since then, she has appeared in High Maintenance, I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, Broad City, Search Party, and the film A Simple Favor. In 2019, she began playing Ruthie in the Hulu comedy series Shrill, after co-creator and star Aidy Bryant contacted her through Instagram and encouraged her to audition. She later joined the team of writers for Big Mouth during the fourth season.
Harrison was named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” in 2019. Later that year, she co-hosted Comedy Central’s digital series Unsend with Joel Kim Booster. She also co-hosts a podcast called A Woman’s Smile with River L. Ramirez. In 2020, she co-starred in Yearly Departed, alongside other comedians such as Rachel Brosnahan and Ziwe Fumudoh. That same year, she began hosting a monthly show called Died & Gone to Heaven! at Largo in Los Angeles.
In February 2021, Harrison was banned from Twitter after a stunt in which she impersonated the account of Nilla Wafers in a parody of corporate pinkwashing, and in particular a tweet from the cookie brand Oreo.
In 2021, Harrison became the first transgender actor to take part in a Disney animated film when she voiced Tail Chief in Raya and the Last Dragon. That year, she also made her debut starring role in a feature film in Together Together. Her performance earned her a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.
Husband and Personal Life
Patti Harrison is currently single and not married.
Harrison revealed her status as a trans woman shortly after leaving Ohio University, and described her family as being supportive. She is an artist and frequently posts her work on Instagram.
Harrison was diagnosed with ADHD in 2021, telling The New Yorker, “It took me a really long time to just get the ball rolling on [seeking a diagnosis] but I had reached a point where I was so frustrated with my inability to just stay on track.
Patti Harrison’s net worth as of 2022 is estimated at around $950, 000 – $6.5 million.