Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Patriarchy, Property and Parenthood Are Even Funnier When Watched in a Safe Space

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Patriarchy, Property and Parenthood Are Even Funnier When Watched in a Safe Space

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Byline: Susannah Butter The Viewer

Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room Netflix STAND-up comedy is safer when you're watching it on TV. There's no panicking about whether your choice of seat will expose you to being picked on by the comedian and made the target of their jokes. Your sofa is a protected space. There's also the reassuring feeling that the comedian you're watching has been successful enough to have been commissioned for television so you don't have to worry that their jokes will fall flat and they will be hurt. Comedians have feelings too.

Netflix is hosting James Acaster and Ricky Gervais's stand-up routines among others. Both high up in the most-watched charts, and now Canadian Londoner Katherine Ryan joins them with Glitter Room. It was on at the Garrick Theatre last year and filmed in Los Angeles -- proving her jokes work both here and across the Atlantic. Her routine hasn't dated since last year, which in some ways is a shame as many of the gags send up the absurdities of patriarchal society and that hasn't improved.

Ryan's particular skill is to identify these inequalities and send them up in a way that makes you laugh in recognition and surprise at her take. She has a masterful turn of phrase, which comes into its own in her routine about the school run.

Being a single mother has opened up a rich new seam of comedy for Ryan. She impersonates her "fancy" and frighteningly well-spoken nine-year old daughter Violet, and provides an astute commentary on the world of childcare, skewering perceptions of single parenthood. She's mining this further in upcoming Netflix Original series The Duchess, which follows a disruptive single mother in London.

Glitter Room's name comes from what they called Violet's room when they renovated their eye-wateringly expensive tiny London flat. …

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