THERE aren’t many people who can make me blush, however, my friend the Australian comedian Pam Ann successfully achieved just that last week.
Pam – aka Caroline Reid – does a hilariously entertaining stand-up trolley dolly act and returned to Leeds City Varieties to humiliate and titillate a packed audience with her new show ‘ Terror at 41,000 feet’.
We became friends during one of her previous visits to Leeds, when I entertained her in my bars and clubs. It was such a fun night and we hit it off so well that we’ve remained in touch ever since.
Of course, I couldn’t miss her new show and when her manager called on the day to check I would be there that night, I put the champagne on ice in the hope she would be keen to party after the show.
As I took my seat in the stalls, I recognised so many familiar faces in the audience who had come along, including my close friends Paul and Stephen, who are both cabin stewards with British Airways. Like many of their colleagues, they can’t resist joining in the fun that Pam pokes at their profession.
Pam Ann thrives on humiliating the audience during her shows, so I really should have known better than to think I was never going to be subjected to this myself.
As the spotlight scanned the stalls, she picked me out instantly and almost shrieked with excitement. I was an easy target as she knew so much about me.
“Terry George, Secret Millionaire”, she shouted to me from the stage. “What on earth are you doing back there in economy? You should definitely be upgraded to First Class!”
With that she promptly pointed to a guy on the front row, made him stand up and forcibly ejected him from his seat and made me swap with him. Poor guy, he had probably booked early to get the best first class fare and there he was being downgraded to economy.
Fortunately, he found it as funny as me and I was now lucky enough to enjoy her antics from close range. I couldn’t help thinking all those in the audience who knew me would be saying, “typical Terry”. I daren’t turn round to see their faces.
When I went backstage afterwards, Caroline was pretty tired after such a great show. However, she couldn’t resist accompanying me back to Fibre and Mission for a glass of bubbly or two. As owner, I was happy to return the favour she had shown me and upgraded her to the Directors’ Lounge in both venues!