Latitude 2016: Katherine Ryan talks relationships, politics and celebrities in fun filled set

Latitude Festival 2016 at Henham Park near Southwold, Suffolk.Picture: James Bass

Latitude Festival 2016 at Henham Park near Southwold, Suffolk.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

'I broke up with my boyfriend today, he's scared I am going to use it for material.'

That was how Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan opened her set at Latitude on the first afternoon of the festival before crashing through topics including Donald Trump, Guardian readers, motherhood and celebrity culture.

A dialogue with an 11-year-old in the front row, called Luke, produced some of the biggest laughs of the show, although the youngster's parents, also targeted for providing their offspring with oatcakes, may be hoping some of the jokes went over his head.

Ryan's style, sometimes bursting with effervescence and at others dead pan, swept the audience along with her.

Relationships were a theme that cropped throughout the show and the stories of her mother-daughter dynamic added charm to the proceedings with a bit of a 'kids say the funniest things' slant, all done in a shrill faux-posh English accent.


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Ryan seemed to attract a younger audience and references to Taylor Swift, The Kardashians and Cheryl Cole, not always in a flattering light, could have been designed to appeal to them.

It wasn't enough for young Luke though who when asked what he was looking forward to seeing replied 'Russell Howard'.

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