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posted Friday, December 24, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 52
Wendy Ho skanks up Seattle for the holidays
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Wendy Ho skanks up Seattle for the holidays

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Straight out of a Kansas City trailer park comes a true, American original: Wendy Ho. Crass, sexy, soulful, and ballsy, she is the definitive sexually liberated musical comedienne. Whether she's spitting her own lyrical miracles, or jacking someone else's song into her own poetic piece of perfection, Ho owns it. Her brash and undeniable musicality has drawn comparisons from Bette Midler to 2Pac. Equal parts dirty feminist rapper, soul singer, and musical parodist, Ho sounds like Lil' Kim and Aretha eatin' Peaches on a Lonely Island.

Good news Seattle: Wendy Ho is on her way! On December 28, Ho brings her show Wendy Ho's Holiday Hangover to Neighbours Nightclub for one night only!

Ho received her Seattle invite from Sister Alma Children of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. 'I love the Gay nuns - they is so nasty! Just playin'. They are brave, hilarious, and outrageous - all for a good cause,' Wendy Ho told Seattle Gay News. 'I, myself, use an over the top persona to get people to listen, so I pretty much relate to all of my sisters in drag. As a recovering Catholic, I love the satire on nuns.

For those readers unfamiliar with Ho's body of work, well & it's better explained by the ho herself. 'From what I can tell, people generally feel relieved after a Wendy Ho show. I can never tell people what to expect, because people always have different reactions to my raw brand of humor. I talk and sing about sex, poop, drugs, period blood, stealing purses, abortion, my grandmother's vagina, and Oprah Winfrey.

Wendy Ho is no stranger to the stage. 'I got my start as a HOfessional six years ago while living in New York City,' she explains. 'I was singing in an R&B band, legit stuff: Aretha, Chaka, Janis, but I wanted to somehow link humor into it, I was trying to find a voice.

Don't get it twisted. This isn't character. 'I've always been a 'Ho',' she said.

'I started to come to life when I was a fat n' sassy little five-year-old getting switched cuz I back-talked to me Meemaw,' recalls Ho. 'Later on in college I started writing raps about teachers and students. Word spread that there was a white girl in the theater department that did funny raps, which led to me performing at parties. Eventually people stopped calling me 'Wendy Jo,' and started calling me 'Wendy Ho.' My reputation as 'Ho' followed me to each theater gig that I booked, and I would always inevitably end up splitting and signing something nasty at the cast parties. So four years after living in New York, and trying to make it as a stage actress and singer, I decided it was time to stop standing in lines at auditions, trying to fit into someone else's mold, and start forging my own path. I knew from the reaction that I had something different and funny to some people, and so now I find myself still navigating uncharted territory. I am a pioneer 'ho.'

Wendy says she's been to Seattle three time, to visit, but this will be her debut performance. 'I think of Seattle as one of the final frontiers in the U.S. and people are very expanded up here. Big brains!' she said. 'My man is from Seattle. He's got a big brain, and a huge & nevermind &y'all don't wanna know about that.

Wendy Ho is not a drag queen. She is all woman and all ho. 'The fact that the majority of my audience is 90% Gay men thrills me to no end,' she told SGN. 'It is a bitchy, super smart, sophisticated crowd, honey. You gotta bring it to know how to hang. I'm a clown and a whore for a laugh, so the fact that some people don't find it funny will always be something I have a hard time swallowing. But when you a ho, you get paid to swallow, so you take whatcha gets.

Tickets for Wendy Ho's Holiday Hangover are available for $10 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/139688 or for $15 at the door. The show runs from 8 to 9 p.m. and is a 21 plus crowd only. Proceeds from the event will go to the Seattle Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Abbey of St. Joan Grant Fund. This money is then handed back out to the community once year at the Sisters Anniversary Party. reputation as 'Ho' followed me to each theater gig that I booked, and I would always inevitably end up splitting and signing something nasty at the cast parties. So four years after living in New York, and trying to make it as a stage actress and singer, I decided it was time to stop standing in lines at auditions, trying to fit into someone else's mold, and start forging my own path. I knew from the reaction that I had something different and funny to some people, and so now I find myself still navigating uncharted territory. I am a pioneer 'ho.'

Wendy says she's been to Seattle three time, to visit, but this will be her debut performance. 'I think of Seattle as one of the final frontiers in the U.S. and people are very expanded up here. Big brains!' she said. 'My man is from Seattle. He's got a big brain, and a huge & nevermind &y'all don't wanna know about that.

Wendy Ho is not a drag queen. She is all woman and all ho. 'The fact that the majority of my audience is 90% Gay men thrills me to no end,' she told SGN. 'It is a bitchy, super smart, sophisticated crowd, honey. You gotta bring it to know how to hang. I'm a clown and a whore for a laugh, so the fact that some people don't find it funny will always be something I have a hard time swallowing. But when you a ho, you get paid to swallow, so you take whatcha gets.

Tickets for Wendy Ho's Holiday Hangover are available for $10 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/139688 or for $15 at the door. The show runs from 8 - 9 p.m. and is a 21 plus crowd only. Proceeds from the event will go to the Seattle Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Abbey of St. Joan Grant Fund. This money is then handed back out to the community once year at the Sisters Anniversary Party.

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