Riding comedy wave
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.