Pam Ann Is a Fake Flight Attendant, And Will Not Save You In Case of Emergency


Pam Ann is comedian who wears a flight attendant’s uniform on stage so, when she insults all the real flight attendants in her audience, they understand she’s just playin’. Sort of.

This is not Jerry Seinfeld’s flight attendant humor, full of casual observations about what happens at 30,000 feet. This is flight attending as performance art. (See: “Touch the trolley, return to the galley,” left.)

If you’re lucky enough to be in the audience of 60s-style Pam Ann — real name: Caroline Reid — during her 11-city tour (it ends Oct. 28 in New York) with actual airline industry employees, you’re in for a treat, because she’ll have them up on stage in a Aisle Walk-Off. Aside from cricket, there’s no better competition than seeing the men and women who bring you those cute little Absolut bottles (coach) or bubbly from a chilled bottle (first class) prancing across the stage.

Pam Ann’s humor, like that of many comedians, relies on one thing holding true: stereotypes. Like how Virgin flight attendants are the most whore-y, and how United’s are so ancient, they’re practically dead. (Did you feel that chill? It was a United ghost creeping by.) It’s funny, because it’s true. Then there’s her Asian flight attendant character, Lilly, which is as offensive as you’d expect (see video). We imagine she’s taken shit for it over the years, but she continues to play the role.

Pam Ann is also, despite what a first glance might surmise, not a drag queen. She is, however, an ideal Halloween costume. She’s half-joking, half-serious when she plays up about her thicker middle section, but her glossy white platform boots are no punchline.

A quick jet to Britain will reveal she’s already a gay icon there. With any luck, Americans will embrace her without delay.

Now please store your carry-on baggage, and score tickets here.

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  • ArronC

    Loving her!

    Thanks for introducing me to her!

  • Jonathan

    Argentine gay/drag comic Fernando Peña did the flight attendant thing a whiiiile ago… Late pass, global north!

  • Qjersey

    LOVES HER! She’s been around for YEARS.

    I was stuck in Leiceister England for a weekend conference 5 years ago…and I wandered into the sole gay bar and caught Pam’s stage act. Just brilliant, and yes she is a female drag queen as only drag queens can get away with some of the stuff that comes out of her mouth.

    British Airways…we only make the same mistake…3 times.

  • Mark_in_Belgium

    What a hoot .. hadn’t seen her in a long time. Thanks for the memories!

  • rtemp_houston

    Saw her last night in Houston. Amazingly funny as always! Backup dancers where hot as well.

  • Nick

    Thanks for clarifying that she’s not a real flight attendant, I would never have picked up on that.

  • Andrew

    Saw her on her Chicago layover. I’m a former AA ground service agent and her humor was so spot on for anybody that worked above or below the wing. Funny as hell!

  • grounded

    Tix in Miami are $55. Is that the going rates elsewhere. Seems a bit too much.

  • sebastien

    She’s a UK national treasure!

  • sebastien

    She s australian, but so famous in UK that I think the country wants to adopt

  • Muscato

    I just finished a hellish 20+ hour series of flights (one long haul on United – and yes, the stews were Jurassic) and whiled away the time muttering to myself “Touch trolley … run to the galley…” just to make the pain a little less. Blessings on Pam.

  • Joseph

    A great find for me years ago here in Canada. You Americans are always behind the times!

  • OMG

    She’s only been around for ages… trust Americans to take their heads out of their arses only when they need to come back for a breath of fresh air.

  • Fan

    Pam is a uk legend, yrs of laughter there

    shes now going to the usa

    good luck pam

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