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“Apollo quality live comedy” Three Weeks
Belfast boy Ryan McDonnell is no stranger to laughs in his home town and is currently building up quite a reputation for himself on the UK comedy circuit. Ryan interjects a sharp wit and Irish charm in his observation of everyday life. Sometimes bizarre, often dark he’ll guide you on a unique journey through the world as he sees it.
2010 saw Ryan make his debut at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in the prestigious Pleasance Courtyard from which critics at Three Weeks acclaimed his stand-up as “Apollo quality live comedy”.
Ryan was a runner up in the 2009 Amused Moose Laugh Off final in Edinburgh and a 2008 Magners Comedy Awards finalist. Other notable events have included Bloom Festival On Tour at Camden’s Koko in front of over a thousand people and playing to a packed and loving crowd in the Electric Picnic's ladies toilets. Venturing to the Edinburgh Festival in 2008 and 2009 he headlined various Fringe events. Constantly refining his art, Ryan is definitely one comedian you should not miss.
'McDonnell's candid and incisive brand of comedy will have you nodding in agreement while at the same time you're trying to hold your sides in. And although you tell yourself you shouldn't be enjoying his non-PC rib-ticklers, just like a car crash you'll be unable to look away.' The Irish Post
'For a small nation Ireland doesn't half generate a huge percentage of the world's comedians. Ryan is the latest addition to the Craic Pack, another swift minded, silver tongued funster from the Emerald Isle. A man with the charm and comic timing of someone who's tongued the Blarney Stone. Watch out for Ryan he's certainly only going to get better, to be sure, to be sure' The Gag Factory, Guildford.