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Patrick Devine

Breaking Down in America

Location + schedule

Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave. S

DateTimeMy FringeAccess
Thursday 8/510:00 p.m.  
Saturday 8/71:00 p.m.  
Monday 8/97:00 p.m. ASL
Friday 8/137:00 p.m.  
Saturday 8/148:30 p.m.  
About the show

Contains Adult language
For ages 12+
Spoken word, Comedy,

Created by Patrick Devine
From Los Angeles, CA

Overall rating

Comedy writer/actor Pat Devine bought a $500 Cadillac and drove it (as far as he could) across America. Using photos and videos from the trip, this is the story of a car, a man and the American road.

Patrick Devine
Role: Writer and Performer
Pat Devine (also credited in projects as Patrick Devine) has worked as a producer and correspondent in news/talk radio at KABC 790 AM in Los Angeles, as an actor on the stage (Groundlings Sunday Show) and screen (“The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman”) and has worked as a writer and producer for television, (Looney Tunes, Lovespring International). He can be seen performing regularly around Los Angeles at story telling and alternative comedy shows and is a regular guest on several Internet talk radio shows. Pat has a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in American History from California State University, Northridge.

Pat’s website,, which followed his cross-country travels in cars bought for $500, garnered attention from radio and the Internet. Devine’s most inglorious breakdown occurred years earlier in a different country when the ambulance he was driving to Cabo San Lucas for the Red Cross blew its transmission, leaving him stranded in the middle of Baja, Mexico for a week. But that’s another story.

User reviews

Perfect start to the weekend!
by Brian Marquis Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I'm not a car partner is...and this was perfect for both of us. Patrick's writing is lyrical, his delivery creative and compelling. It was the 7:00 Friday show and the reasonably decent audience laughed heartily. I love hearing words expressed in a new context, and this show gave me some memorable ones (how about "Cadillac" as a verb?!). And the name of his car...well, without giving anything away, I know we'll be using this name to describe other cars until I'm in my grave. Was disapppointed show ended so soon...I wanted to continue on the journey with Patrick...will definitely visit his website to see (hear?) more. Bravo!

A great ride!
by Yann Terrien Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A great story told by a great storyteller! If you ever - like me - owned one of those $500 car, you will leave this show thinking: "Man, I wish I had done all that with my car!" If you've never owned one of those beater, you will hear stories you wouldn't have ever imagined could be possible. Road trips are definitely not the same when you're in a $500 car!

A Nice Ride
by Sid Solomon Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
What I found Patrick Devine to lack in storytelling prowess, he made up for with a fun, interesting, and compelling tale of an ill-advised trip across the country.

Like sitting in someone's living room as they show you a slideshow about a crazy time in their life. But a damn good slide show.

Engaging and Fun
by Mark Long Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Patrick tells a great story about an adventure many of us wish we had done: hitting the road with very few rules or responsibilities. He uses the pictures and video just enough to keep us aware of his situation. It's a fun and interesting time, and he does a great job.

Shows promise
by J Emily Peabody Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Patrick is incredibly engaging and at moments this show definitely rocks, but it needs more soul, more edge and deeper meaning.

Gets better later in the evening
by Gabriel Heller Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This was another show I attended on the strength of the preview. I was a little disappointed but only a little. Perhaps if I hadn't made road-trips myself in similarly nearly defunct automobiles, I would have found it as revelatory as he intended it. It was nevertheless an entertaining story, if a little awkward at moments. I suspect this show would be more enjoyable with a large, responsive audience, like the one at the preview. The presenter was able to feed off that and respond in an entertaining manner there. But we saw it at 1:00 pm with a polite, but subdued audience, making for a subdued and occasionally boring show. My advice: wait for a popular time-slot, all come at once, flip a coin, and if it comes up heads, have a beer beforehand. You'll love it. Otherwise, you'll probably like it well enough, but you'll be missing out.

Ride in style
by Fringivitis Vulgaris Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
It's the telling that makes this story so compelling. Really, what's glamorous about owning a beater? Nothing, unless it is the chariot in which you drive toward a dream. Patrick Devine's road tales are familiar but he pushes them a little harder, goes one more mile. Music and video add to the sense of familiarity. If you've owned a junker and tried to keep it going, this show will keep your head bobbing with that "Me too" feeling.

Easygoing enjoyment
by Amelia Kritzer Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Likeable perfomance and a story that doesn't demand too much. Enjoyable.