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

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