Rid­ing com­edy wave

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Comedy -

PER­FORM­ING with the likes of Wil An­der­son, Lehmo and Peter Row­sthorn would be great achieve­ments for any up-and-com­ing co­me­dian, let alone one yet to turn 18.

Sev­en­teen-year-old Ciaran Lyons started stand-up com­edy just be­fore his 15th birth­day and is now a reg­u­lar at many venues and fes­ti­vals around Perth and Mel­bourne.

“I saw it (stand up com­edy) on the TV and I was just like ‘I might give that a go’,” Lyons said.

“Most peo­ple ac­tu­ally think about it for a while and put it off but I just went straight into it and it was only when I got to the place for the first time that I was like ‘oh wait, what am I do­ing?’… but it went pretty well for a first gig.”

Since win­ning the Next Gen Co­me­dian award at the 2013 Perth In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val, the teenager has per­formed at this year’s fes­ti­val gala and the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val, and had sev­eral ap­pear­ances on Chan­nel 10’s The Project.

Lyons said he used his age to his ad­van­tage and did not try to act like some­one he was not.

“So I talk about what I know and not talk about things I don’t know. I think that’s bet­ter, then when I grow up I can just talk about more things I find out be­cause it’s more au­then­tic,” he said.

Lyons’ next ma­jor gig is at Rot­tofest sup­port­ing Mel­bourne co­me­dian Troy Kinne. “I’m just tak­ing things as they come re­ally; you can’t ex­pect too much, I’m just en­joy­ing the ride,” he said.

Ciaran Lyons will per­form at Rot­tofest 2014.

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