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Final Say: Comedian Katherine Ryan prepares to bring her Glam Role Model show to the North East

Durham Gala and Middlesbrough Town Hall will play host to the Canadian comic in May

Comedian Katherine Ryan
Comedian Katherine Ryan

I’m not preachy in any way. I don’t even pretend to have all the answers and I make a lot of mistakes myself.

Even in the talent round, I’d do this weird thing that nobody understood or I’d always want to sing a man’s song or do a funny sketch. I always had this different way of presenting information, I guess.

Back home we didn’t have glamour models; we had porno magazines and then we had mainstream actresses and presenters.

Here, that line is so blurred and glamour models are put in such positions where they are sold as personalities but their entire personality is just about getting naked or being drunk in the Big Brother house.”

I was a product of the society that said women are for decoration and I do think girls should be able to do whatever they want.

Yet, across the world there are girls who just can’t; some can’t even go to school in Nigeria without being abducted. Here, you actually have a choice to put your t*** away. And, well, maybe you should.

Mathematically it would seem harder to get success because everybody has the opportunity and access now, and so fame actually becomes less likely.

Not too long ago it was just Coronation Street and Hollyoaks on TV and three channels and a few people were famous. Fame doesn’t really work out for many people; it’s nicer to just think that we are all contributing.

Stand-up comedian Katherine Ryan
Stand-up comedian Katherine Ryan

People don’t realise that putting yourself out there, whether it’s as the most popular girl at school or the weirdo (and I have been both), makes you very vulnerable and more likely that people will attack you in some way.

I’m so lucky because I actually take comfort in people not liking me; I think it’s lovely that we all like different things.

When people come after me on Twitter, it’s fine: why would I expect everyone to like me? I do think it’s a bit weird that you would go out of your way to tell me how much you don’t like me, though.

If you can sleep at night and stand by everything you said, I don’t think you should have to censor yourself because of something that’s going on in the media.

More and more in my comedy career, I do celebrity stuff or talk about the news and I don’t think I’d say anything that I wouldn’t say to his or her face.

Canadians think that they drink: there’s a culture of hockey, hunting, beer beer beer! But over here, it’s nothing I’ve ever seen in my life and it’s really not cute.

I don’t understand people saying ‘oh I was so sick, I missed my entire weekend’. Well, why are you going to do that again?

I have a different view towards wellness, and your life is so much happier if you look after yourself. I love when things like the Olympics come round and you see someone like Jessica Ennis and you think ‘yes, now that’s a role model’.

But, you know, I’m not a nun.

I love to be on tour and see all the different towns and cities; it’s the ones that are super far away where I’ll get homesick.

There are very few people I’d like to see for two hours with an interval. If I did that I’d be afraid that a load of people would leave at the interval. I just think it’s obnoxious, plus why not give a person that you admire some space and an opportunity?

  • Katherine Ryan: Glam Role Model will be performed at Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt on May 16 and Durham Gala on May 23. Visit www.katherineryan.co.uk for more details and booking.

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