Katherine Ryan - Nature's Candy (4 stars)

This article is from 2012

Katherine Ryan - Nature's Candy

Dark comedy gossip from a disarmingly innocent-looking source

What you look like shouldn’t make any difference in comedy. Funny’s funny whatever the package. However, for Katherine Ryan, being pretty, diminutive, blonde and blue-eyed works rather well when what comes out of her mouth is as acidic as the lemons on her poster. Ryan won the Funny Women competition back in 2008 with a rather squeaky, somewhat contrived stage persona. Nature’s Candy, however, sees her in more relaxed but assured territory.

Both the scripted lines and ad-libbed banter display a sharp wit and she frequently has the feel of a young Joan Rivers as she puts a positive spin on her life after divorce and lupus bearing. She’s gloriously nefarious in places too; all talk about her daughter avoids any cutesy clichés, instead preferring to portray her toddler speaking like ‘a black gay man’ who she’s currently teaching about stranger danger, necessary because ‘she’s getting hot now’. Ryan’s mixture of the gossipy, the bitchy, the dark and the upbeat, strangely works very well indeed.

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