Sat 18th May 2019 - 7:00 pm
Sun 19th May 2019 - 6:00 pm
"Chris was in total control from the moment she hit the stage. A comedian with a unique outlook and broad appeal." Justin Hamilton, Head Writer Show Me the Movie.
"Unapologetic and ruthlessly clever - one of Canberra's funniest people." - Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour 2019.
Chris once heard a bloke say: “If you cut the corners you get there quicker” when giving directions to a motorcyclist in Tasmania without a hint of sarcasm and realised she cuts corners all the time, just not on a motorbike. Fake tans, fake friends, fake news: If you take the shortcut it’s bogus – but you’ll still get there. Probably.
Chris Ryan’s laconic take on passive aggressive co-workers, family and relationships earned her spots on Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase tours to Queensland and NSW, the Canberra Comedy Festival Gala, TEDxCanberra, Floriade Nightfest, the Fearless Comedy Gala and CanBRA Comedy Gala in 2018.
April 18, 2019
"Chris Ryan is one of the most valued figures in the Canberra com- edy scene, and, watching Bogus, it’s easy to see why.
It’s clear that Chris belongs up on stage telling jokes, and witnessing her do so is pure joy. She seems to be one of those rare comedians that are so good at what they do, and so comfortable doing it, that they make comedy seem easy. She commanded the attention of the room effortlessly; she evoked waves of laughter without so much as a sweat.
Bogus is about Ryan being fed up by just about everything. A lot of comedians couldn’t pull off a show based around being sick of it; endless rants and so on can be a bit draining, and it’s easy to alienate parts of your audience if you accidentally (or otherwise) breach the line into material that’s offensive.
Ryan, however, managed to stay away from the rants and insults, and instead imbued the show with relatable worries and stories. Chris Ryan is unapologetically herself on stage, and it’s amazing because she’s just like us (though a lot more charismatic); she says the things we all think but can’t say for fear of getting into trouble, and it’s so freeing to hear them finally said out loud.
Ryan has all the wisdom that comes with life experience with little of the (boring!) maturity, and it’s fantastic. The rest of the Bogus audience clearly agreed. We were all enthralled by her witty observations, and loved her material so much that she had to keep pausing for applause breaks.
Usually at this point of the review I’d point out some flaws in the show I’m reviewing. But I genuinely can’t think of anything bad to say about Bogus. Perfection might be unachievable, but Chris Ryan is damn near close to it. She has won me over, and, what’s more, she’s clearly won the hearts of Canberra audiences. I have no doubt that within the next few years Chris Ryan will become a household name in Australian comedy, and Australian comedy will be all the more interesting because of it.
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