Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - COMEDY -

AT age four­teen, most peo­ple would not dream of get­ting up on stage for a stand-up gig.

But for Perth co­me­dian Ciaran Lyons, it was the risk that cat­a­pulted him into a ca­reer in com­edy.

Now five years later, Lyons has ce­mented him­self in the scene as one of Aus­tralia’s bright­est up-and-com­ers, with var­i­ous jobs in­clud­ing co­me­dian, Triple J ra­dio and TV pre­sen­ter un­der his belt.

Lyons (19) said he broke into com­edy on a whim as a young teen.

“I just saw things on TV and thought I’d give it a shot; you know when you’re 14, you don’t re­ally think too hard about things,” he said.

“So I booked an open mic night spot and a month later I was there. But I think it’s good to start early, some peo­ple put it off for so long and it’s a waste of time.”

Lyons has opened for well­known co­me­di­ans in­clud­ing Ak­mal, Harith Iskan­der and Lawrence Mooney, and cur­rently splits his time be­tween Syd­ney and Perth for work at na­tional ra­dio sta­tion Triple J.

But now the comic is back in Perth and gear­ing up to per­form his own show 1996 at this year’s Fringe World Fes­ti­val.

“This show’s re­ally just a stand-up, I like to do au­di­ence in­ter­ac­tion, which makes things dif­fer­ent ev­ery time de­pend­ing on who’s in the crowd or what things pop up,” Lyons said.

“Some of the best things come from the au­di­ence be­cause it’s so off the cuff and no one’s ex­pect­ing it

“I guess my style is a lit­tle bit anec­do­tal, my stand-up is just what I go through in life and then I try to turn it into funny ma­te­rial.”

1996 will open at Fringe World Fes­ti­val on Jan­uary 22 at Hokkien House at the Noo­dle Palace. De­tails at www.fringe­world.com.au.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d448523

Perth co­me­dian Ciaran Lyons (19) is back home for the Fringe World Fes­ti­val.

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