Katya Sminoff-Skyy is not to be missed


Once again we find ourselves enmeshed in the Holiday Season,
that very special time of year when we join with our loved ones
in sharing centuries-old traditions such as
trying to find a parking space at the mall.
Dave Barry

If you missed Katya Smirnoff-Skye’s All New Holiday Spectacular, you missed the perfect kick-off to your holiday season. In the spirit of Dave Barry and all great comedians, Katya Smirnoff–Skye captivated her audience at The RRazz Room, San Francisco's Premier Nightclub, Tuesday, December 6 by reminding us that the holiday season is a lot of fun if you don’t let the stress of spending too much, eating what you shouldn’t and drinking foolishly upset you. “if you wake up in your own bed and don’t know how you got home, it was a pretty good night,” she says and we all know she is right.

Smirnoff-Skye has a delightful voice , no matter how much she clowns around with remarks about her love relationship to vodka: “It is my very good friend; the best libation. In fact, the more I drink, the better time you’ll have.” She tells her audience she is the hostess with the mostest on the ball and says, “I want to welcome all of you here to this two drink minimum room.”

Indeed, she is a consummate entertainer. Every parody she sings has a special twist to make you laugh and love her at the same time. “I want all those Christmas clichés,” she tells her audience. “I love the tradition around holiday times.” And when her audience cannot resist singing along with the chorus she reminds them “I didn’t pay to hear YOU sing.”

Smirnoff Skye was accompanied by the accomplished Joseph Kanon, at the piano with Greg Robles, and Daniel Fabricant to complete the trio. She added a bit of sparkle with two delightful elves Ms. Sheldra, and John Cavellini who cavorted on and off the stage with appropriate props and gave away a selection of presents at the end of the show. Her special guest was Keilbasia, her sister from the old country who played the accordion and encouraged everyone to celebrate their own day, finishing her act with a rousing rendition of Hava Negila. We were reminded that the best perk for the Jews was eight nights of presents, while the rest of us only have one.

The audiences was treated to marvelously funny videos, songs that sounded like carols but weren’t quite as expected including Jingle Bell Rock, I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm and Katya Baby. It was all fun and laughter, ridiculous jokes and outrageous glitz until the finale, a moving rendition of Ave Maria, every note clear as a bell, sung with all the beauty and love that spells the real meaning of this holiday season.

The good news is that there are plenty of chances to see this wonderful talent and hear her out perform the best of them. Eat your heart out Britney and Beyonce. Katya Smirnoff-Skyy has done you one better and she’ll prove it the third Sunday of every month at San Francisco’s beloved Martuni’s (4 Valencia Street in San Francisco) at 7:30 pm and in The Temperamentals at the New Conservatory Theater Center until December 18, 2011. Her holiday spectacular was unforgettable. The audience was treated to an amazing bundle of talent crammed into 90 minutes of fun and farce. We are now knee-deep in this season to force yourself to be jolly, and no one can get it up and going quite as effectively as San Francisco’s own Katya Smirnoff-Skyy.

Christmas is a race to see which gives out first –
your money or your feet.