A gay men’s chorus, slam poet and mother-daughter country duo come together in the sketch comedy “Ham for the Holidays: Close Encounters of the Pork Rind.”
Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt, also known as Dos Fallopia, are the comedic forces behind the annual holiday performance. The pair penned the script and star in the show known for its satirical, light-hearted humor.
Bringing feminism fueled entertainment to the stage, Koch and Platt have been collaborating for about two decades.
Koch is a longtime actor, comedian and singer. She has recorded four solo CDs, performed at local festivals and acted in many theatre productions including, “The Vagina Monologues” and “The Wizard of Oz.”
Nine-time winner of Seattle Weekly’s “Seattle’s Best Comic” poll, Platt is a comedian, actor and radio personality. She has been the opening act for Cyndi Lauper, Jay Leno and Kathy Griffin, and starred in the one-woman show “Fat Girl Follies.”
Koch is a lesbian and Platt is straight. Both are self-proclaimed feminists.
“Ham for the Holidays” is a combination of political commentary, musical parody and social satire all told from a local Seattle lens.
Take “The Seatles,” a super group made up of Pacific Northwest icons Paul Allen, Bill Gates, Dale Chihuly, and Jean Enersen. They sing a medley of songs made famous by Seattle musicians, but are not necessarily always on pitch.
The show has gotten a lot of positive attention for its quick-witted zingers and Koch proudly sums up the performance as “irreverent.” She adds that the story unfolds to comment on sweeping generalizations and stereotypes.
“We write about what we know, where we are and what we see. Our job is to point out what others may not see,” says Koch.
While recurring characters bring familiarity to the show that is in its 13th installment, new sketches add an element of newness. Koch says one thing that stays the same, year after year, is the diverse audience.
“From the stage we’ll see a gaggle of gay men, a group of lesbians, straight folks from the east side and even some grandmothers. It’s always a good mix,” says Koch.
Thanks to a commitment to laughter and entertainment, Koch is happy to keep “Ham for the Holidays” a tradition for a while longer.
The comedian says, “We’re going to do it as long as it is bringing us joy, we’re having fun and we manage to remember our lines.”
“Ham for the Holidays: Close Encounters of the Pork Rind” is playing at ACT Theatre until December 22. Tickets are $15-33. Get them here.
FULL DATES AND SCHEDULE
- Thursday December 12, 7:30 p.m.
- Friday December 13, 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday December 14, 2pm & 8:00 p.m.
- Sunday December 15, 2:00 p.m.
- Wednesday December 18, 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday December 19, 7:30 p.m. (ASL interpreted, call for tickets)
- Friday December 20, 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday December 21, 2pm & 8:00 p.m.
- Sunday December 22, 2:00 p.m.