Katherine Ryan: Glam Role Model (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

Katherine Ryan: Glam Role Model

A funny feminist Edinburgh Festival Fringe show tackling celebrity culture

Katherine Ryan’s new show is opened by a short routine courtesy of Violet, the comic’s four-year-old daughter, whose imitation of her mum’s profession adorably demonstrates who her role model is. Ryan continues her theme of celebrity culture from previous shows but has developed it to make serious points about first-world priorities. Her mocking of icons is mostly light-hearted and safe but she’s not afraid to push the limits of taste with a cutting put-down.

Some of her best routines stem from a Canadian perspective on uniquely British notions, including glamour models. A public supporter of the No More Page Three campaign, she delivers an argument that’s not only bitingly funny but a revelation in its simplicity. Glam Role Model is Ryan’s most revealing show to date. She discusses the anguish of being cheated on and details a personal experience that even in 2014 still requires bravery to discuss publicly, skilfully finding equal levels of humour and humanity in the situations.

The show is feminist without ever needing to class itself so, and if all you take away why Ariel from The Little Mermaid is a bad role model or how to re-enact Beyoncé’s signature dance, then Katherine Ryan has helped the cause.

The Stand V, 558 7272, until 10 Aug, 6.45pm, £10 (£8).

Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room

  • 4 stars

Witty jokes and pop culture observations from the Canadian stand-up and TV star.