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posted Friday, May 10, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 19
Plane filthy - Pam Ann crash-lands in Seattle
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Plane filthy - Pam Ann crash-lands in Seattle

by Shane Gallagher - Special to the SGN

PAM ANN: COCKPIT
MOORE THEATRE
May 31


Direct from sellout tours in Australia and Europe, airhostess Pam Ann comes to Seattle with her raunchiest comedy show yet.

Described by Madonna as 'cruelly funny,' Pam Ann's one-woman act pokes fun at air travel and all the deliciously alarming incidents plaguing the airline industry worldwide. From the grounding of Boeing's Dreamliner to Emirates Airlines' door blowing open at 37,000 feet, the airhostess comedian identifies the individual quirks of the biggest international airlines (and their stereotypes) and mixes in a generous dose of camp, humor, and, most of all, glamour.

See her live for one night only when her new show,

Pam Ann: Cockpit, crash-lands into Seattle's Moore Theatre on Friday, May 31.

Shane Gallagher: Were you a funny kid?

Pam Ann: Not at all. I was incredibly shy. I wanted to be an Olympic figure skater.

Gallagher: When did you begin to think you might be a good comedian?

Pam Ann: The first time I realized I was funny was in grade school when I played a mute revolving door in an amateur play. The play was so boring, most parents walked out. To give it some oomph, I decided to imitate all the cast members as they walked through my revolving door. You could say I upstaged them. I got great reviews! One said, 'The play was awful but the revolving door was hysterical.'

Gallagher: Were your parents supportive of your desire to make people laugh for a living?

Pam Ann: They were supportive of anything, really. As long as I was earning money, paying the rent, and I was OK, that's all they cared about.

Gallagher: Do you remember the first time you got on a stage in front of an audience?

Pam Ann: Hell, yeah, it was petrifying. I wanted someone to push me down stairs, so I would break a leg.

Gallagher: Were you an instant smash?

Pam Ann: It was an instant smash of sorts. The shows sold out and people loved it, although the act needed a lot of work. My first review read 'style over substance.' I was thrilled with that, and it was true.

Gallagher: How did you develop the character of Pam Ann?

Pam Ann: Pam Ann has developed over the years as I've traveled from country to country. My main source of material is from my own life experiences and observations traveling the world. It's almost art imitating life now.

Gallagher: Is the '60s influence intentional?

Pam Ann: Growing up, my mum always groomed herself to within an inch of her life, decked out in all the latest fashions. Her look really inspired me and still does. I have also always loved the women from the golden age of flying. They had a class you can't emulate today. Boarding a Boeing back then meant style, class, and glamour.

Gallagher: It's been said that Pam Ann is a female Austin Powers.

Pam Ann: Pam Ann could well be the female Austin Powers, but with a filthier mouth.

Gallagher: Did you expect her to be such a hit?

Pam Ann: No, I actually expected another character I was working on to be a bigger hit. 'Tragina' was her name. She lived in the club world. Pam Ann was a back-up character.

Gallagher: Why does Pam Ann resonate with fans?

Pam Ann: Everyone flies so they can relate to her stories. Also, Pam Ann says things people are thinking but are too afraid to say.

Gallagher: What is the worst thing a reviewer has said about Pam Ann?

Pam Ann: I was once compared to the bile from the inside of a whale's stomach. It was by a reviewer in Edinburgh. Personally, I thought that was very creative. I always get bad reviews. It's OK because then when people come to the show, their expectations are low and they leave really happy.

Gallagher: Why is Pam Ann so fascinated with sex?

Pam Ann: Flying is very lonely. Sex plays a big role in the life of an international airhostess. What is a girl to do on a layover in Rio de Janeiro?

Gallagher: ... and drugs?

Pam Ann: Drugs have got Pam Ann through many back-to-backs from JFK to Singapore.

Gallagher: Would Pam Ann get along with Patsy and Edina from Absolutely Fabulous?

Pam Ann: They would get on famously! Imagine the three of them together. It would be like a Gay man's fantasy.

Gallagher: You know, they're working on Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.

Pam Ann: Wow, that's awesome! I would love to see it!

Gallagher: Is it true you're working on

Pam Ann: The Movie?

Pam Ann: Yes, it is true. Think Hangover meets Austin Powers with a splash of Serial Mom, set on a 1970s airplane disaster movie. Oh, and throw in the pilot Whip from the movie Flight.

Gallagher: Will any of your other characters make appearances in the film?

Pam Ann: The other global alliance characters will indeed make cameos, but my main focus will be introducing Pam Ann to the world. If people like the first one, then we will do sequels with all of the other characters. Busy, busy, busy!

Gallagher: Fashion is a big part of Pam Ann. In the new show, she sports costumes by designer Garo Sparo.

Pam Ann: I heard about Garo Sparo through the very glamorous Amanda Lepore. She always looks flawless, so I knew he would understand Pam Ann.

Gallagher: Did he have his own vision for Pam Ann?

Pam Ann: Yes, it's a new sexy, fabulous, skinny Pam Ann with lots of color and tits.

Gallagher: How has Pam Ann changed through the years?

Pam Ann: She never used to swear or be filthy. I know that's hard to believe! My language has gotten more aggressive and dirty over the years. It's from working in Gay clubs all over London. I've developed a lot of bad habits.

Gallagher: How do you feel about the airline industry today compared to how it was when Pam Ann first began flying?

Pam Ann: There are too many airlines in the world today. Low-cost carriers have become huge. Today, anyone can fly ... even unfashionable people.

Gallagher: What are you most looking forward to in your U.S.A. tour?

Pam Ann: I love American audiences. They are my favorite in the entire world. I just love how positive, confident, optimistic, and vocal they are here in America. They come with massive smiles and are ready to have a good time.

Gallagher: Will you be bringing along your trolley to Seattle?

Pam Ann: 'Touch trolley, run to galley'... yes, my trolley will be on board!

Pam Ann performs at the Moore Theatre on Friday, May 31. Great seats are still available at www.reactionshows.com.

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