Kandi Kane Baxter
Kevin Bloody Wilson
As Sarah Palin
At Comedy Camp, London
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|As Sarah Palin|
Former 'Miss Hooters' of Midtown Toronto, who won the Funny Women competition in 2008
Katherine Ryan: Fringe 2012
Canadian stand-up Katherine Ryan had a reasonable buzz about her last year, though there was a view expressed that Little Miss Conception was average until the denouement. That said, finale flourishes have been enough to win awards before.
Thereís no such payoff this year, and her post pregnancy set is probably in need of one, as this is an uneven affair.
Reminiscent of Maria Bamford (on a day when she is finding it hard to get here surreal jumps to go somewhere) or a Peanuts character who has turned to stand-up, Ryan is a pretty woman with a potty mouth. However, this genre (of which Sarah Silverman is the prime example) has as much been built by other people than the comics themselves, so it would be unfair to dismiss her as having a one trick shtick.
Ryan is a good comedian, or at least one struggling to get out. One of things that holds her back is her obsession with celebrity culture, which makes her one-note. Without intentionally being the main focus of the show, Ryanís constant recourse to celebrity-based disses starts to sound hackneyed and sheís a bit lost if we havenít heard about, for example, Alicia Duvall. Surely, if you havenít this is all the better.
Smart lines punctuate the show, before undoing these impressive flashes with conceptual leaps that donít come off, notably in her audience work. She hits a closing stride with a section about her baby daughter and dealing with a child maintenance hotline, but by this point itís a little late to be clawing back goodwill, or salvaging a good impression.
For her arbitrary ending, Ryan falls foul of a mistake that many other comics have also made this year Ė to make it about their social media contacts. A brief mention, a projection of the details, but donít dwell on this too much. Ryan is probably not the worst offender but itís a routine ending to a workmanlike show.
|Date of live review: Saturday 18th Aug, '12|
Review by Julian Hall
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Saw her last nite at Pleasance charity show. Some well crafted "shock" lines given more impact by her being seriously pregnant! Pretty good albeit veering close to sub Sarah Silverman schtick at times. Doe eyed faux innocence is a good trick if you can pull it off!
Rape and anorexia is very funny. Though not at the same time. No one wants to rape skinny girls
I was offended by Katherine Ryan. How have we become so desensitized as to find rape and anorexia funny?
Get Up, Stand Up! Gala
Katherine Ryan: Little Miss Conception
Edinburgh Fringe 2012
Katherine Ryan: Nature's Candy
Misc live shows
Amused Moose Comedy's Hot Starlets 2000-2008 Showcase
Funny Women final 2008