About

I’m an MC, stand-up comedian and writer with 46 years’ experience at life, some parenting and the odd career in journalism, communications and events under my belt. In 2019, after seven years in comedy, I was given the title of Best Newcomer at the Sydney Comedy Festival and performed for the troops overseas.

Since the live shutdown of comedy in 2020 I have created an animated series called Chats with Mum. You can watch the whole of Season 1 (6 episodes) on my YouTube Playlist.

I’ve have had some great gigs to date. In 2019, I performed in the Sydney Comedy Festival Opening Night Gala (Enmore Theatre) and Closing Night Gala (Sydney Town Hall) and opened for international comedy stars Ronny Chieng and Demetri Martin (US) at the Canberra Theatre. 

I have toured NSW, Queensland, the Northern Territory and Tasmania as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase. Previously, I’ve had the pleasure of performing multiple times in the Canberra Comedy Festival Gala and Fearless Comedy Galas for charity as well as doing sets at TEDxCanberra and Floriade Nightfest. 

“Chris Ryan – was absolutely brilliant, working collective crowd touch points and making the fine line of discomfort and hilarity bleed into one with total mastery.” Grapes of Mirth, Orange (2020)

“She seems to be one of those rare comedians that are so good at what they do, and so comfortable doing it, that they make comedy seem easy. She commanded the attention of the room effortlessly; she evoked waves of laughter without so much as a sweat.” BMA Magazine (May 2019)

“Chris was in total control from the moment she hit the stage, a comedian with a unique outlook and broad appeal.” Justin Hamilton, Head Writer Show Me the Movie (Network Ten)

“Unapologetic and ruthlessly clever, one of Canberra’s funniest people.” Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour (2018)

I’m always looking for new gigs and opportunities to expand my work into new media so if you have a podcast, radio, TV or other presenting or panelist gig please be in touch, I’d love to hear from you.

I help run an inclusive open mic night called Sideway Comedy at Sideway Bar in the city every second Thursday and run comedy courses. Signing up to my newsletter is the best way to get updates.

Eventually, I will list gigs again on my gigs page and all Canberra comedy gigs will also be listed on the Comedy ACT website.