Katherine Ryan: Biography highlights

Originally from Canada and star of BBC’s Live at the Apollo QI, ITV’s The Jonathan Ross Show and Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Katherine Ryan is a writer/performer and stand-up who is taking the UK television and live comedy scenes by storm.

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Katherine Ryan’s background

Viewers of the UK TV panel shows such as Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, QI, The News Quiz and 8 out of 10 Cats… will be familiar with the rib-tickling wit of Canadian comedian, actress and writer Katherine Ryan.

What makes Katherine really stand out as a comedian that can make any private function or corporate event a truly memorable occasion is how she mixes a generally sweet demeanour with slightly risqué material. The word ‘irreverent’ was invented for comedians like Katherine, which is probably why she was such a huge hit at The Edinburgh Festival.

In just a short time, Katherine has gone from winning the Nivea Funny Women Award to developing a reputation as an in-demand comedian who fills clubs in the UK, Canada and the USA, including the Comedy Store in LA. In 2015, she continued her love affair with the UK (and her career on British TV) by becoming the presenter of BBC2’s Hair, the hairdressing competition featuring amateur hair stylists.

As well as a creative stand-up comedian, Katherine has acted in various television situation comedies in the UK, including Don’t Sit in the Front Row, Episodes and Campus.



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Money Marketing Awards

Absolutely brilliant! Everyone loved her and her enthusiasm and engagement were a breath of fresh air.'

Old Mill Group

'Words can't describe how funny Katherine Ryan was at our Senior Management Strategy Day! Fantastically hilarious, relevant and an absolute delight to have her!'

Clinigen Group

'The conference went very well and Kathryn was a big hit.'

Mandy Tribe
Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors
Exclaim Magazine

'A frequent presenter and panellist on British television, Ryan has the confident delivery of an American, the dry reserve of a Brit, and the likability of all things Canadian.'

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