KATHERINE ‘WE CAN DO MORE TO SUPPORT WOMEN’
She’s charmed the panel show circuit, makes us choke with her jokes and she’s outshining Jimmy Carr. Let’s just go for a drink, Katherine…
Chances are that if you’ve watched a comedy panel show in the last few weeks, you’ve laughed at something Katherine Ryan has said. The Canadian comedian is fast becoming one of our favourites on the circuit with her ‘I’ll really go there’ jokes, and we’re really rating her in the office.
Katherine, 33, has exploded onto our screens in the past two years via stints on Fake News and Mock The Week, but her recent Channel 4 show How’d You Get So Rich? (where she asks millionaires that question) had us falling over ourselves. She’s just hilarious and has us cracking up throughout our chat.
Now she’s co-hosting her first show with Jimmy Carr, Your Face Or Mine?, which we’ve been glued to every week. The show forces strangers and celebs to rate how attractive they are in a brutally honest way, with some help from the hosts.
We’re also enjoying Katherine’s on-stage outfits (‘I have an amazing stylist’ she tells us) and now we’ve had the chance to interview her, she’d definitely be invited on a Look night out. It’s lucky she likes British pubs so much, then…
Hi Katherine! We love seeing you on screen more regularly. How’s Your Face Or Mine going? Oh, it’s been one of my favourites to work on, but I feel like I’ve just been really lucky in general. I’ve done more things [recently] that show my personality, rather than just panel shows. I’ve been stretching my legs. What’s Jimmy Carr like to work with? I’ve known him for a long time but he’s super-generous and gracious. And when we’re filming he’ll say: ‘Why don’t you say this?’ [Laughs] Jimmy is all business and no pleasure. He’s the comedy peacekeeper. Your Face Or Mine is all about relationships, with some surprises thrown in. If you took part, who would you not want to come on the show? I wouldn’t want to see my partner’s ex. I like to pretend his exes don’t exist. I’m old-fashioned – you forget that they have exes. Was it tough to break onto the circuit? I think it is harder [being a female comic]. I’m very privileged. And I forget because I work with guys and girls who are big feminists, who are totally woke, but I was in Canada three weeks ago watching a show and the club was dire. It was 24 white men doing five minutes each. It was hateful and sexist and vile. I’ve been treated well, but I’ve always been peaceful and positive about it and it’s going great. We can do more within in our power to support women: hire female writers, better support actors, make sure there’s a lot more diversity… Which up-and-coming comediennes are you watching? Jayde Adams. She had a nominated show at Edinburgh – she’s so funny. I’m good friends with Aisling Bea too. If being friends with Aisling Bea isn’t a good reason to get into comedy, I don’t know what is. What advice would you have for anyone trying to break into the industry? For anything that might be a little outlandish, like being a comedienne, you need a back-up plan. You have to be doing a cleaning job at night; you have to take responsibility for years when it’s hard. You need to take every five minutes given to you on stage. All artists have to create content, otherwise there’s nothing for us to do. You have to get on stage. You have to be proactive. I had 10 difficult years where no one wanted to know me. I had to carve out my role. You need to be authentic. You’re Canadian but you spend most of your time in the UK. Why’s that? I love Britain, I love touring the UK and I love that my daughter is in a British state school… and the pub culture. Where’s your favourite place to do a show? I love them in the north – they’re so happy you’ve come to see them and they’re really friendly. I love Scottish accents. I really like Liverpool – it’s incredible. You’ve become well known for your bold style… I do have a stylist, called Jen Michalskibray. She actually reached out to me after one of my shows. She was like: ‘I think you dress well, but I could dress you better.’ We went out for a drink and she was so organised. She had this whole mood board for what my look should be on stage. So we’ve worked together ever since. What’s next for you? I’ve been filming Fake News and then I have some exciting new projects. I’m in a fortunate place where I can choose meaningful projects and I love that about my life right now.
Your Face Or Mine? is on Comedy Central at 8pm on Wednesdays
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Katherine with Your Face Or Mine? co-host Jimmy Carr