Com­edy from can­cer

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

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.”

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Co­me­dian and writer Luke Ryan, for­merly of Subiaco, is bring­ing his new show to Perth.

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