I thought I would have a nor­mal life. In­stead I have a glit­ter room

Canada’s Kather­ine Ryan has made her­self at home in Bri­tain. Mar­ion McMullen catches up with the co­me­dian ahead of her sparkling new tour

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You were Bri­tain and Canada’s first woman to have a world­wide Net­flix spe­cial, re­cently co- hosted Your Face Or Mine with Jimmy Carr on Com­edy Cen­tral, have a new UK tour and are a sin­gle mum. How do you jug­gle ev­ery­thing?

WHAT I don’t have is a so­cial life, so friends will say ‘ let’s go and do this or that or have a week­end away.’

But if I’m not work­ing, the key is to spend as much time as pos­si­ble with my eight- year- old daugh­ter Vi­o­let and just be home do­ing ab­so­lutely noth­ing.

What can you tell us about your new UK com­edy tour Glit­ter Room?

IT’S about this lit­tle thing that Vi­o­let said which en­cap­su­lates how charmed my life is now.

I bought a flat, which is quiet and peace­ful and clean and flo­ral and we have th­ese tiny lit­tle dogs – ev­ery­thing is a warn­ing for a man to stay away.

The other day Vi­o­let said [ adopts well- spo­ken English ac­cent] ‘ Mummy, if you need me I’ll be watch­ing Mean Girls in the glit­ter room.’

I have this life that I never pic­tured for my­self. I grew up in an Ir­ish Catholic fam­ily in Canada and thought I would have a nor­mal fam­ily life... in­stead I have a glit­ter room.

Your Net­flix spe­cial Kather­ine Ryan: In Trou­ble went out to 190 coun­tries ear­lier this year. How per­sonal is Glit­ter Room or is it more universal?

WHEN­EVER you try to broaden your au­di­ence with some­thing like a Net­flix spe­cial, you have to talk about themes that are re­lat­able to oth­ers. So this show is a lot more universal, about my life as a sin­gle mum and as a woman in this cen­tury who is ques­tion­ing what kind of life I need to have.

You have be­come fa­mous for no- non­sense take- downs of the likes of Ch­eryl Cole and Peter An­dre. Have you ever had any re­ac­tion back from celebri­ties you’ve made a joke about?

I DO love a com­edy roast. It’s a lan­guage that peo­ple in com­edy can un­der­stand but some of my old stuff was heard by the celebri­ties that I was talk­ing about and, you know, I don’t want to hurt any­one. It turns out I do ac­tu­ally have a con­science!

Co­me­di­ans can be provoca­tive but I know that they don’t want to hurt peo­ple, they’re just try­ing to make things lighter and fun­nier.

I will still talk about the Kar­dashi­ans, but in a less neg­a­tive way. Maybe I’m just get­ting wiser.

What was it like when you first started in com­edy?

WHEN I started open mic- ing, I worked at the Hoot­ers next door to the com­edy club.

I didn’t want to be a co­me­dian at that time but I just thought stand- up would be fun, like a lit­tle ex­er­cise. So af­ter my shift ended some­times I would go next door to the com­edy club – still in the uni­form but with a hoodie – and get on stage for just five min­utes. I was aw­ful.

Did you take any life lessons away from meet­ing some stu­pen­dously wealthy peo­ple while you were mak­ing Chan­nel 4’ s How’d You Get Rich?

WHEN you look across your block of flats to th­ese man­sions and you think ‘ oh gosh they must be spe­cial and smart,’ but the thing is, they’re not spe­cial. They have a very strong work ethic and they take risks but they aren’t that dif­fer­ent to you or to me.

You’ve done a lot of TV from QI, Have I Got News For You and 8 Out Of 10 Cats. You also won Taskmas­ter on the Dave chan­nel. Are you putting some of your TV work on hold when you are on tour?

I DO a lot be­cause I’m a very gamey per­son, so as soon as any­one of­fers me some­thing ridicu­lous like ‘ do you want to dance on this spe­cial char­ity show?’ I’ll say yes.

It’s not be­cause I say yes to ev­ery­thing, just that I love to do dif­fer­ent things.

I’m ex­cited to be tour­ing again. Peo­ple ask me if TV or tour­ing is more im­por­tant and I just think that you can’t have one with­out the other.

Kather­ine Ryan is at War­wick Arts Cen­tre, Coven­try, on Novem­ber 10, and Sym­phony Hall, Birm­ing­ham, on on Fe­bru­ary 2

Kather­ine Ryan loves a good com­edy roast

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