Extreme Internet sensation Wendy Jo Smith (aka Wendy Ho) has blond hair, a big ol' ass and the voice of a soul singer. Her range and vocal strength are clearly apparent when she sings one of her signature songs, "Poop Noodle."
Tomorrow night, she'll be at Missie B's. It will be free to get into the bar, but you'll have to pay $10 to get a seat in front of the stage. Would you rather spend that $10 on mini pitchers? Wendy Ho's humor (a la Lisa Lampanelli, Gallagher and Wanda Sykes) will be projected all over the midtown club via flat screens.
"'Sweetly vulgar' is what I would call her," says Jessica Dressler (aka Dirty Dorothy), who will be opening for Ho.
Internet user reviews range from
"Wendy Ho's performance capitalizes on racist stereotypes. It's tired. We don't like you Wendy. Stop taking money for queers for your stupid racist act." (Wing P., yelp.com)to
"Biotch!! U are too dam krazy!!! Give me more, i love it!!! LMAO!!" - (dparra16, youtube.com)
I asked Ho about our fair city and her roots. This is what she had to say:
I do visit Kansas City every six months or so, and yes, my experience from living here has totally inspired pieces of my act and continues to, to this day. Kansas City was where I cut my teeth as an entertainer. Sure, the "venues" happened to be people's living rooms! At one point, the old gypsy whorehouse that I co-habitated with friends (located on Main Street next to Buddies) was a place that I would spontaneously perform and hold court at. I have always loved blues music and have found that KC is a hotbed of inspiration for r&b, hip-hop, and comedy. There's a realness to the people here that I love. This honesty gives performing here an edge -- they will let you know right away if they're buyin' what you're layin' down. That honesty is a part of me and why I still love to tell people, from LA to NY and all places in between, "Don't mess with a Kansas City HO!"
Get it, girl.
Show starts at 8 p.m. at Missie B's (805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625).