Slipping makes her smile

Katherine Ryan comes to Fareham tonight.
Katherine Ryan comes to Fareham tonight.
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Most comedians find fame on the stand-up circuit before making a name for themselves on TV.

Canadian comic Katherine Ryan’s done things the other way around in the UK.

She can regularly be seen on Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats, as well as BBC’s Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Mock The Week.

She had the lead role as George in Campus, was a regular in Episodes and is currently appearing in Jack Dee’s Don’t Sit In The Front Row.

Eagle-eyed viewers will also be able to spot her in John Bishop’s Only Joking, as well as Dave’s One Night Stand and she was part of Channel 4’s comedy mash-up night earlier this month in the Deal Or No Deal 8 Out Of 10 Cats Special.

Now, she is embarking on her debut stand-up UK tour.

We caught up with her ahead of her Fareham show to find out more.

When did you first realise you were funny?

I grew up with two sisters, and I could always get away with winding them up of it made my mum laugh. She’d tell me off and turn her head to hide her laughter. That always made me feel great.

What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?

When I was starting stand-up comedy, I was also a Hooters waitress and corporate trainer. I’d thought about opening my own Hooters restaurant and would probably have married my high school sweetheart, stayed in Canada and done that.

Name three things that make you laugh.

I do love a bit of falling down. Like slipping on the ice or something. Nothing that causes real injury though. That truly upsets me.

Whenever I’m with my sisters, I laugh uncontrollably. Awkwardly, we usually get together at funerals. My sisters put me in stitches no matter what. The middle one will probably get married soon and I’m sure the little one and I will ruin it. I’m actually worried.

Tell us a joke.

Lindsay Lohan.

Who’s your biggest hero?

My daughter Violet, but not in a cheesy way. Just because she is three years old and actually has everything. I wish we could trade places. She’s so much better than I am.

· Katherine comes to the Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham tonight from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 from 01329 223100.