Katherine Ryan takes Glam Role Model on tour
The Canadian comic’s acclaimed show confronts celebrity and female identity
Katherine Ryan won’t be one for pushing her daughter into the entertainment business in order to follow in mummy’s footsteps. And perhaps little Violet might not be especially keen in any case.
‘She watches a lot of comedy but thinks it’s very boring,’ the UK-based Canadian comic admits. ‘I don’t think she’ll get into it. But I’d say she hasn’t shown particular talent for anything yet, apart from emotional maturity. Though that comes from hanging out with a lot of adults.’
No doubt Violet’s abilities will come through one day, and her stand-up mum certainly hopes that the world will be in a slightly more enlightened place than it often appears to be now. Her current touring show, Glam Role Model, tackles the barbed areas of fame and female identity and the sometimes difficult point where they can crash into each other.
‘Fame doesn’t really work out for many people and it’s nice to just think that we are all contributing,’ believes Ryan. ‘People don’t realise that putting yourself out there, whether you’re the most popular girl at school or the weirdo (and I have been both), makes you very vulnerable and it’s more likely that people will attack you in some way.
‘Luckily, I couldn’t really give a shit about any of that. I’m so fortunate because I take comfort in people not liking me; I think it’s lovely that we all like different things, and really, what person would expect everyone to like them?’