UK-based Canadian and star of KATHERINE RYAN: IN TROUBLE, BBC’s LIVE AT THE APOLLO & WOULD I LIE TO YOU, Sky One’s A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, ITV’s THE JONATHAN ROSS SHOW and Channel 4’s 8 OUT OF 10 CATS DOES COUNTDOWN, Katherine is a writer / performer and stand-up comedian who is dominating the UK television and live comedy scenes and now making her mark in the U.S.
Katherine is only the second British-based comedian, after Jimmy Carr, to have a Netflix Original Comedy Special released globally. KATHERINE RYAN: IN TROUBLE was filmed at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo and was released to 190 countries on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017.
Katherine will be co-hosting 22 episodes of a reboot of YOUR FACE OR MINE with Jimmy Carr for Comedy Central which starts airing in May 2017.
Other upcoming roles include a regular panellist on BBC2′s new four part series, FRANKIE BOYLE’S WEEKLY AUTOPSY, and also on Channel 4′s new four part series, FAKE NEWS, after taking part in a successful one-off earlier this year with Richard Osman, Stephen Mangan and Richard Ayoade.
She will also embark on a brand new UK nationwide tour this Autumn as well as doing a six show run at Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival in July.
Katherine’s factual entertainment series HOW’D YOU GET SO RICH?, in which she meets the super-wealthy, recently aired on Channel 4 on Mondays at 10pm to great ratings and critical acclaim (6 x 45’ episodes / CPL Productions).
In early 2017, Katherine co-hosted a new BBC Two comedy pilot, THAT THING ON FRIDAY NIGHT, with Joe Lycett and Romesh Ranganathan. She also recently took part as a judge on BBC One’s LET’S SING AND DANCE FOR COMIC RELIEF.
2016 was an incredible year for Katherine. She flew to New York City with Richard Ayoade for Channel 4’s TRAVEL MAN and to Rio for the Paralympics with Channel 4’s THE LAST LEG; hosted BBC’s critically acclaimed HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU; had a two show run of KATHBUM at Just For Laughs in Montreal, hosted Channel Four’s GREASE LIVE with Alan Carr, starred in the second series of TASKMASTER for UKTV/Dave, did an impeccable Justin Bieber of C5’s LIP SYNC BATTLE UK and filmed Channel Four’s THE BIG FAT QUIZ OF EVERYTHING 2016 hosted by Jimmy Carr which will air in January. She also wrote, starred in and Executive Produced her Sky Comedy short for their Ireland season, KATHERINE RYAN IN IRELAND (Merman Productions).
Katherine has previously starred as a regular panelist in Sky One’s flagship music and comedy entertainment series BRING THE NOISE alongside Tinie Tempah, Nicole Scherzinger and Ricky Wilson. The show featured unmissable live musical performances and fun collaborations like this one. She has hosted multiple episodes of COMEDY CENTRAL AT THE COMEDY STORE for Comedy Central and BBC1’s LIVE AT THE APOLLO. She also hosted HAIR a primetime BBC2 series about the world of competitive hairdressing bringing her unique comedy voice to the second series.
Katherine performed her show KATHBUM at two sell-out nationwide tours, at the Edinburgh Festival and the Hammersmith Apollo after runs at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. She also appeared at the prestigious Oddball Festival where she performed in Toronto alongside Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer – she was the first UK based comic ever to perform at the festival.
‘Ryan is a stand-up star’ ✭✭✭✭✭Ed Fest Mag
‘There’s not a single joke she tells that doesn’t land exactly where she wants it’ ✭✭✭✭✭Broadway Baby
‘One of the stand-out stand-ups of her generation’ ✭✭✭✭ The Times
‘Flawlessly delivered…this is stand-up comedy that slaps you countless times around the face and leaves you aching with laughter. Be in no doubt, Ryan is among the very best out there.’ ✭✭✭✭ The Telegraph
‘The writing is tight, the delivery flawless…a stand-up who is at the top of her game.’ ✭✭✭✭ The Independent
‘Poised, uncompromising and often savagely hilarious.’ ✭✭✭✭ The Scotsman
Katherine’s earlier UK tour, GLAM ROLE MODEL, totally sold out and was extended several times, due to massive demand. As well as regularly appearing on BBC’s HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU, THE APPRENTICE: YOU’RE FIRED, ITV’s CELEBRITY SQUARES, More4’s 8 OUT OF 10 CATS and Sky One’s DUCK QUACKS DON’T ECHO, Katherine also performed as Nicki Minaj on BBC One’s LET’S DANCE FOR COMIC RELIEF – she was voted to the final after a hilarious version of Starships. Katherine also supported US star Chelsea Handler on her UK tour dates. ‘Young, smart and acridly funny’ Sunday Times ‘Thoughtful, funny and just twisted enough’ The Times ‘Warped wit… striking presence… killer lines… calm confidence’ SCOTSMAN As an actor Katherine starred as a regular in Dane Baptiste’s 6 x 30’ series SUNNY D for BBC Three. She also appeared as regular Lucy in the second series of BBC Three’s BADULTS, the regular role of George in Victoria Pile’s Channel 4 series CAMPUS and the recurring role of Merc’s Assistant in the second series of EPISODES.