In a Nutshell
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- Who: b. Wonthaggi > youngest of 4 boys > left-handed > 1 dimple > many freckles >
- What: breakfast radio > stand-up comedy > actor > writer > producer > poet >
- When: 1979 – Now.
- Where: live nowhere > travel addict > 50+ countries > performed 40+ countries >
- Why: ¿Por qué no?
Press & media kit
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Perennial globetrotter Marcus Ryan is a gifted storyteller with a natural comic bent and has featured at so many festivals and clubs around the world it’s hard to know where home is these days. One thing's for sure, he’s right at home on stage. A laid back yet engaging stage presence, Marcus charms his audiences with a sharp wit and tales from the road, having performed in over 40 countries in 6 continents, even gigs in Spanish!
Australian born, Marcus worked on-air in breakfast radio before kicking off his stand-up comedy career in Melbourne. A finalist and runner up in national competitions ‘Raw Comedy’ & ‘Green Faces’ ‘03 secured an invitation to the Edinburgh Fringe the same year, followed by a selection for the coveted Melbourne International Comedy Festivals (MICF) handpicked showcase ‘Comedy Zone’ ’04. With a taste of the UK circuit, it wasn’t long before London became home and travel an even bigger part of his work life. In 2005 he appeared at five major comedy festivals: Melbourne, Hobart, Montreal and again Edinburgh, where he was scouted for the Rising Stars showcase at the Vancouver Comedy Festival.
With a thirst for adventure, the young vagabond embarked on a solo tour of South East Asia making him the first ever comedian to perform in Siem Reap, Cambodia, including an epic 3hour show in Phnom Penh! Gaining the attention of Asian promoters, this resulted in further tours of Asia in the following years.
As well as touring the UK, Western & Eastern Europe, he returned to North America in 2011 where he was selected from over 500 comics across Canada & USA to take part in the World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas, making him the only act from outside of North America in the event. Winning his heat, he made the finals, receiving great recognition from promoters, bookers, & peers, wedging a foot in the door in the US.
After 6 years away from Australian audiences, Marcus returned with his debut solo shows ‘Home & Away’ & ‘Neighbours’ and followed up with the hit one man show ‘Love Me Tinder’ selling out at the 2014 MICF and again in 2015 with sold out shows in Perth, Adelaide & Melbourne before taking it on tour to the Edmonton Fringe 2015 in Canada.
2015/16 saw Marcus complete an epic solo voyage throughout Central & South America, bringing English speaking stand-up comedy to cities and countries that have never had comedy before! Selling out and packing shows as well as performing in Spanish.
This voyage inspired a new award nominated and shortlisted show ‘¿Hablas Inglés?’ which played to packed crowds in Australia and is now on tour.
A lover of music, he is a regular MC at summer festivals in Australia to crowds of up to 15,000 people. Marcus has written for and worked in radio & television, interviewed on various podcasts, TV & print, as well as stage acting, writing and performing poetry and performing comedy as an MC, support and headliner worldwide.
Whilst a familiar face in clubs around the UK, Europe & North America, Marcus regularly returns to Australia to play at clubs and festivals nationwide as well as mentoring up and coming comics and appearing live on national television and radio.
Marcus is a well-travelled professional act capable of winning over any audience, in any city in any country and most definitely one to watch!
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