Chris Ryan makes the drive from the Canberra to let us know all about her debut show, Chris Ryan – Bogus.
Q: When and where was your first gig and how did it go?
My first gig was RAW Comedy Canberra in 2012. I hadn’t even done an open mic spot before, so I didn’t know anything about comedy, but I won that night based on adrenaline and excitement alone. The second gig wasn’t so crash hot, so that’s when I realised you can’t rely on charisma and acting out a scene from Flashdance to make people laugh. Well, I can’t, maybe others can and probably have!
Q: What do you love most about being a comedian?
Doing comedy affords you more leeway to say something obnoxious or perhaps not entirely thought through, because people think you’re working on a bit instead of just being a person who lacks intellectual rigour. I like being able to call out a dickhead to their face in the guise of comedy when really, I’m just living without a filter. I also like that people seem to become funnier themselves and loosen up more if you tell them your job is entirely financially unviable and you have no status or accolades that threaten their more sensible life choices.
Q: What can we expect from your debut Sydney Comedy Festival show?
I basically use this show to obliquely (or directly) attack the meanest or dumbest people I hear about in my life and sometimes, that is actually just myself. I will cover the usual stuff like friends, partners, kids and the ludicrous expectations I feel are placed on adults these days to be well-rounded and leave a legacy when most of the time, we just want a nap.
Q: Your best advice for someone wanting to pursue a career in comedy?
Oh, if you must, I suppose go for it, but be aware there are millions of people who want just a handful of spots at the top. If you can reconcile yourself with that and if you feel you have something to say, then you’ll be right regardless. Show up on time, keep to time, ask for feedback and keep in mind that the only people who really must have to have a good time are the audience.
Q: The funniest person you know who’s not a comedian and why?
My Mum is hilarious – quite often without knowing it but also on purpose. She is all deadpan delivery, non-sequiturs, searing honesty and asides and is far more outrageous and rebellious than her Regatta Sport matching golf outfit lets on.
Q: Your hot tips for this year’s Sydney Comedy Festival?
One of my buddies, Anthony Tomic is doing a show called Please Pray for Me – he is a deadpan, Croatian-Australian comic genius who will not disappoint. Also Steph Tisdell in Identity Steft – she is a real intellect, I could listen to her for hours.