Meet the woman behind Glam Role Model

Katherine Ryan.
Katherine Ryan.

Canadian comic Katherine Ryan is turning heads on the TV comedy panel show circuit.

Now this familiar face on British TV is bringing her fierce and pop culture-obsessed brand of humour to Lancaster.

Katherine’s show ‘Glam Role Model’ was inspired by her split with her boyfriend after he caught cheating with a glamour model.

After Ryan found a ‘naked selfie’ of the woman on her ex’s phone and he gave a particularly pathetic excuse, they were soon history and instead of wallowing in self-pity, the 31-year-old wrote a standup comedy show about the experience, also covering sex, celebrity and single motherhood.

The show recently enjoyed a sold out run at London’s Soho Theatre and at the Edinburgh Festival.

It takes a look at the murky world of the beauty industry and examines the role of models who provide its bread and butter.

As a Canadian who has lived in London for the past seven years, Katherine found it disturbing when arriving in the UK at how our culture puts glamour on a pedestal.

“We don’t have glamour models in Canada,” she told the London Evening Standard.

“Although we do have girls that get their t__s out.

“It’s just not part of the mainstream.

“When I came to the UK I was really jarred by the culture. These girls go on panel shows, they’re celebrated, they’re role models.”

Her showcovers everything from our adoration of celebrity, the Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram, the Gaza crisis , Made In Chelsea and Miley Cyrus, to why Beyonce is a heroine through the medium of dance.

‘The Queen of Confessional Comedy’ also covers her spat with former N’Dubz singer and X Factor judge Tulisa, after they exchanged words on a TV show and Ryan was then issued social media death threats by Tulisa’s fans, giving her a whole new insight into the murky celebrity-obsessed world we live in.As she scathingly points out “today we keep better track on celebrities than we do aircraft”.

You may recognise the flamboyant Katherine from appearances on Live At The Apollo, Let’s Dance for Comic Relief, Mock The Week, QI and Never Mind The Buzzcocks, and as a regular panellist on 8 Out of 10 Cats.

Katherine also recently made her debut at the London Palladium.

Glam Role Model at The Dukes theatre is recommended for anyone aged 16 plus.

Tickets are priced £12/£10 concessions (a £1 per transaction fee applies when booking online).

For more information and to book, ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit