Marcus Ryan

Marcus Ryan

Hailing from the small Australian town of Wonthaggi, Marcus came to the 2003 Edinburgh festival on the back of the Raw new act competition run at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. He returned in 2005, 2006 and 2008. He has previously worked in breakfast radio and as an actor.

He is now based in London, and in 2008 performed his his first set in Spanish in Guatemala

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Marcus Ryan – Original Review

Note: This review is from 2007

Review by Steve Bennett

Marcus Ryan’s an amiable chap, able to hold a room’s attention as he chats about this and that. When it comes to jokes, however, there’s very little behind this personable façade.

It’s a collection of generic observations and gags that are old, obvious or both. Not that he seems to know or care – building overlong routines around the most mundane ideas, such as the fact that the Anzac biscuits sold in his Australian homeland would seem a rubbish tribute to war veterans.

He does everything a stand-up’s supposed to do – such as acting out imaginary conversations to underline his point and engaging easily with the audience. After just a few years as a comic, this genial chap absolutely looks and acts the part – the only thing missing is inspiration.

Just once or twice, a nice idea crystalises into a good line, such as a subversive in-joke that mocks the conventions of comedy, giving hope there could me more to this comic that an agreeable manner.

But for the most part, his routine seems a little too much like small-talk conversation than a crafted comedy act.

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Published: 3 May 2007

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