"Comedienne Pam Ann would rather cry in a Rolls Royce than be happy on a bike." - Interview

If you happen to be on a plane flying somewhere, pay particular attention to the flight attendant. Not necessarily because they may do something special; rather the flight attendant or air hostess may actually BE someone special. That’s because, comedienne Pam Ann may be entertaining guests in flight, or on stage.

Q - So your real name is Caroline Reid, but your stage name is Pam Ann. Tell me about this. How did this come about?

A - My character Pam Ann is a spin on the now defunct airline Pan Am. It came about one night at a James Bond themed birthday party. I dressed up as a Pan Am air hostess from the 1960’s and during the night I thought someone called me Pam Ann and that was it, I never looked back... Pam Ann was born!

Q - When you first started stand-up, was the character a part of your act or did this come later?

A - Pam Ann was my first one woman show and the beginning of my comedy career. The only other acting work I did was in dramatic theatre and some black comedies...my first real comedy role was a human revolving door - oh and I played a lift door once to! LOL

Q - You're from Australia and tour regularly throughout the UK. How much different is the stand-up market in England versus the United States?

A - England is more romantic about their approach to comedy and the entertainment world; the United States seems to be more about business, business, business. The USA takes things more seriously in the entertainment world. If you can make it there you can make it anywhere NY, NY!

Q - You talk about air travel, which Pam Ann sort of derives itself from. But you've also done a campaign for British Airways. What's your attraction to air travel? Why not bus travel?

A - Bus Travel... well who knows!!! But I would rather fly wouldn’t you? It isn’t really a thought out thing, it just happened organically, most probably out of my love for the style class and glamour of flying from the 1960’s and 70’s jet set era!

Q - Instead of being a traditional comedian, you do a lot of sketches in your act. Do you have a background in improv or acting?

A - I love improv, it’s my favourite part of my live show. It is so much fun playing with an audience not knowing where the show is going. I think as an audience member it’s exciting and plus it is a different show every night. My background is improv and acting.

Q - What would you say is the toughest thing about playing a character than being yourself on stage?

A - I think both are the same really. Stand-ups put on a kind of stage persona alter ego which is like playing a character in a way. I have done both stand-up and Pam Ann; both are just as exhilarating and fun.

Q - Some of the entertainers you've performed for are Elton John and Madonna. With big name stars do you try to use your top notch material or is it the same type of show that say, I could go to?

A - I would tailor the show to suit the venue and client. Performing for Elton John on a private plane allows you to think out of the box and actually do something fun and different. It all varies.

Q - What projects are you working on now?

A - I am working on a couple of projects for JetBlue and Gay America in San Francisco which are all very exciting. I am also planning a world tour starting in August 2010 in Australia continuing on to South Africa, Germany, Scandinavia, USA, Canada, ending in the UK in 2011. I love to travel and I just adore performing to all different people around the world.


Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at jason@zoiksonline.com.

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