Comedy from cancer
COMEDIAN Luke Ryan will bring a new take on cancer to Perth with his show A Funny Thing HappenedontheWaytoChemo.
The formerly Subiaco-based comic was diagnosed with cancer aged 11 and then again at 22.
“I had a lot of hate and to be pulled back into having cancer from 11 years of not having it really outraged me,” he said.
“I just decided that I wanted to do something with it and make it funny, so I started doing stand-up about it and processing and neutralising the kind of power that cancer can have.
“I wanted to pull out the comedic aspects, the strange aspects of cancer that become meaningful in a way and the bizarre things that kind of happen while having treatment.”
Ryan said addressing his experiences with cancer made it easier to come to terms with.
“Since then I have been making a career out of it, by talking about this as loudly as possible – much to others’ immense joy, I’m sure,” he said.
A busy schedule awaits Ryan when he lands in town – he is also speaking at schools and performing at Fringe World.
His plans for the rest for the year involve talking at schools, libraries and writing centres.
“I would like to get more involved with charities that work in this space that don’t get enough recognition like Sock it to Sarcoma, which I have signed on as an ambassador,” Mr Ryan said.
“Hopefully going onwards and upwards, and in some way I feel like I should probably stop talking about it, having now done a comedy show, written a book and now doing another comedy show about it.
“I have gotten towards the end of this particular story but who knows what will happen next – hopefully something that does not involve quite so much illness on my part.”
Comedian and writer Luke Ryan, formerly of Subiaco, is bringing his new show to Perth.