Hamless in Seattle 

RIP Ham for the Holidays 1996-2017

 It’s the holiday season, and the emails and PM’s begin arrive.  “Are you doing Ham for the Holidays this year?”  “Where’s Ham?”  “How will I survive without Ham this year?”  I politely write, “There is no Ham without Peggy.  Ham is now retired.  We are officially Hamless in Seattle.”

I miss Peggy Platt.  Mary Margaret “Peggy” Platt.  My brilliant friend, my infuriating sister, my hilarious writing partner, my Dos Fallopia twin, my Ham for the Holidays marathon partner…

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Fly high, my twin sister of a different cul-de-sac.... 

I am numb. Processing the sudden loss of Peggy Platt, my dear friend, comedy partner, feminist sister and firebrand. Together as Dos Fallopia, we survived and thrived as a comedy duo for 28 years. Not together quite as long as The Rolling Stones, but damn close. We were like fire and ice, drove each other crazy, and somehow... it worked. I have never laughed harder with anyone, and I cherish our years onstage and off. I loved, loved, loved writing with you. We cranked out a lot of scripts over the years,…

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2018, still kicking... 

I can't believe that the 1st month in 2018 is almost over, what th...?  After a successful run of "Ham for the Holidays: The Hamchurian Candidate" at ACT in December, and then making it through Xmas...I crashed. Lynn and I took a quick trip to NYC in early January to see Bette Midler in "Hello Dolly" (fantastic!), and also caught "Come From Away" (glorious).  We managed to miss the East Coast deep freeze by 1 day, huzzah.  

I just returned from a 3 night run in Laguna Beach, CA with my ridiculous pals…

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Wet spring in Seattle and a new CD... 

Rainy in Seattle, and almost April.  Holy crap, how time flies now that I'm the big 6-Oh.  2017 started out with a bang.   I took an Olivia trip to Panama-Costa Rica, then Lynn and went to the Women's March on Washington in DC, the day after Cheeto took office.  Half a million of us showed up to march-- women, men, kids, young, old. It was very inspirational, after the horror and depression following the election.  Then we came back to celebrate my Big Ass Birthday Bash at the Triple Door (with Roxanna…

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Fall is finally here 

It finally feels like Fall here in Seattle.  We had an amazing summer and lovely Indian summer, but the temperatures are finally dropping a bit, and the rain has come.  Days are shorter, and that autumn smell is in the air.  I love the Fall.  It's all about change.  

I'm gearing up for my Xmas show, "Ham for the Holidays: Fear the Bacon", so I've got to put my producer hat on. Still have a few more songs to write, but the script is looking pretty fun this year.  I've been really really busy this year,…

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2014 so far... 

Busy, busy, busy! I can't believe that it's nearly June.  How does the time fly by so damn fast any more? Beats me. After a fabulous run of "Ham for the Holidays" last December at our new home at ACT, Lynn and I ran off to Hawaii for a few days in Jan (ahhh!).  Then back in early Feb for my quasi-annual Birthday Bash at the Triple Door (with my pals Roxanna Ward, Vickie Shaw, Larry Murante, Karyn Schwartz, Mel Watson (Jen Todd was sick, boo), David Koch, Peggy Platt and more.  What a great night!

In…

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Vietnam and Cambodia rocked! 

Returned last week from a 3 week trip to Vietnam and Cambodia with Olivia Travel.  I was not only entertainer, but staff member on this trip-- in charge of my very own bus.  The Red Bus.  And a wonderful group of women it was!  We started in Hanoi, boarded a junk in gorgeous Halong Bay, made our way to Siem Reap in Cambodia, boarded our plush riverboat and sailed down the Mekong, ending up in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).  An amazing, amazing trip.  We got to experience the beauty of Southeast Asia, the…

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Legally married in WA! 

Lynn and I had our big "wedding" ceremony back in 2008-- we invited a boatload of people, pitched a giant circus tent, ate a lot of food, spent an enormous amount of money and had a grand ol' time.  Marriage equality arrived in Washington State in Dec 2012, and we decided we would get married "for reals" on our anniversary date in Aug.  But smaller this time, and much cheaper.  Just close family this time, over lunch-- and our good friend Ken was our officiant once again.  And voila... we are now wife and…

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2013, what th...? 

Just got back from a great 2 weeks on Olivia's 40th anniversary cruises.  Got to laugh, sing, and jam with my funny and talented pals.  Highlight:  meeting tennis great Billie Jean King, whoo hoo!  Getting all the performers, staff and guests together to celebrate was pretty darned moving, I must say.  I had a hell of a good time.  I had an especially great time with my pals Roxanna Ward and Vickie Shaw. I laugh so hard, milk shoots out my nose.  We appeared as the Barstow Gay Men's Chorus, and that was a…

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Survived 2011 

Whew.  Another year gone.  Ended on a high note with a great run of our Xmas show, "Ham for the Holidays: A Lard Day's Night".  Tons of fun with Peggy, D.J., Michael and the crew.  What a group of goons. I love 'em. 

2011 flew by for me.  Rang in the New Year at a Hot Flash Party in Seattle.  Then on to my annual Birthday Bash in early Feb. (with Roxanna Ward, Vickie Shaw, brother David, Jen Todd, Mel Watson, Peggy, Michael, DJ and more).  March glee was a concert with the fabulous Righteous Mothers.…

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