My mother passed away March 23, 2022. She was 91. I miss her terribly, but am glad she is done with Alzheimer's. She was a kind, loving, smart, crafty, flirty, glamorous, compassionate, strong, flaming-liberal and so much fun. An amazing mom, wife, Nana, career teacher, world traveler and cutthroat card player, she was. She took a 2 year journey through Alzheimer's, but in the end, she went out very peacefully, and on her own terms-- she decided to exit while taking a nap. I hope Dad gave you a big welcome…Read more
Happy New Year to all! 2022 tomorrow, whew. COVID, COVID, COVID. Soooooooo tired of COVID. Aren't we all. I am hopeful that we'll get back to live gigs, live music, live theatre, live dance, live entertainment. I took a quick trip to NYC in Oct with niece Quincy to see some Broadway shows right after Broadway opened back up. It was SO emotional sitting in my seat and feeling the excitement when the show began-- excitement for all, performers and audience. I've done only a handful of live gigs since the…Read more
Global pandemic, Covid-19, coronavirus, plague, quarantine, social distancing, N-95, wash your hands, don't touch your face, 6 foot rule, elbow bump, CDC botched tests, not enough toilet paper, not enough wipes, not enough tests tests tests tests, not enough swabs, not enough masks, not enough leaders, not enough empathy, not enough common sense, too many sycophants, too many toadies, too many corporations calling the shots, too many brainwashed Fox watchers, too many Trump lies lies lies lies lies lies…Read more
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…Read more
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,…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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,…Read more
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!
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…Read more