Reviewer: Sarah Holt
Katherine Ryan is single and she beats around no bushes in informing the audience that this is what her Glitter Room show is all about. The topic of singledom is nothing new in comedy, but Canadian Ryan – who regularly appears on television panel shows like Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You – manages to make the subject her own.
Wearing a T-shirt with a photo of herself on and sparkly pink trousers, Ryan tells the audience that “men are like dolphins – best enjoyed on holiday; you wouldn’t want one in your house”. She explains that she’s bad at dating and questions why her friends and family are pushing her to get back into the game. She suggests that if she was as bad at anything else, no one would want her to keep doing it – giving the example of surgery.
Ryan also fills the audience in on the ins and outs of her most recent relationship, which ended when her partner decided to move to Japan. She explains how her ex complained that she didn’t fight for him. She admits that she didn’t, telling the audience that he was ‘not the last Stella McCartney dress at a sample sale.’
Ryan’s conversational tone makes every member of the audience feel like she’s talking directly to them. She makes people feel like they’re at a sleepover party with her rather than sat in the crowd at a 1,700 seat auditorium. Of course, contrary to what Ryan says at the start of her show,
Of course, contrary to what Ryan says at the start of her show, Glitter Room amounts to more than just dating jokes.The show is peppered with political comedy. She compares Donald Trump to Celine Dion, She talks about Melania Trump, suggesting that the president’s wife never wanted to be the First Lady. She outlines where Melania went wrong in her decision to get together with Trump – Melania went for him when he was too young.
One of Ryan’s great skills is her ability to interact with the audience. Throughout the show, Ryan breaks off from her material to have a seemingly spontaneous chat with a member of the audience. She singles out a man on the front row and asks ‘do you own him?’ to the lady sitting next to him.
She notices a teenage girl sat a few rows from the stage and sparks up a conversation with her whole family, suggesting that if she were her parent she’d buy the girl a pony.
Katherine Ryan IS single, but there’s no chance she’s going to be lonely anytime soon. Not if the success of this feisty, smooth-running, feel-good tour is anything to go by.
Reviewed on 21st October 2017 | Image: Contributed