I don’t know how many times I’ve been to the theatre over the years but last night was a first for me. Having someone two rows behind me projectile vomit all over the ladies in front and even on to me. The manager of the Leicester Square Theatre insisted the man was not drunk but very unwell. I think that was supposed to soften the blow somehow, while I stood there wiping sick off of my coat. It didn’t.
Pam Ann is the queen of filth. An Australian comedian who’s foul mouth and shocking behaviour is funny because it is so unacceptable, however on that stage she has the power to make it not matter. Picking out potential terrorists and black men who she wants to know how well endowed they are, this show is not for the faint hearted or easily offended.
The character of Pam Ann is a flight attendant and her audiences are mostly made up of air stewards and stewardesses of which Pam Ann seems to be able to tell who they work for, just by looking at them. She is usually right. From the slutty Virgin Atlantic crews to the older ladies with big teeth (whom Pam Ann calls ‘Horses’) from British Airways, she has an insult for them all.
Last nights two hour show centred around the biggest news story of the last few weeks, the missing Malaysian aeroplane. When you’re a comedian who talks about aircraft, you must feel like all your Christmases have come at once when a disaster like this happens. Pam Ann thrives on giving her thoughts and opinions on what may or may not have happened, being shockingly awful in everything she says.
Pam Ann is sidesplittingly funny and for two hours provides a forum where it is acceptable to laugh at the things society tells us we shouldn’t be amused about. At the end of the day if we can’t laugh about these things, what can we do? I stood there, covered in another mans vomit and had to smile. Because life shouldn’t always be serious and Pam Ann certainly isn’t.
Reviewed by West End Wilma
Go see Pam Ann at the Leicester Square Theatre until 26 April 2014.
Read my recent Tea With Wilma interview with Pam Ann here.