Famous comedian Katherine Ryan attacked gender tokenism in the BBC satirical panel Mock the Week on her podcast, telling everyone about everything.
Ryan, who hasn’t appeared on the show since 2015, said he boycotted him because he felt that his appearances were used to deflect criticism from Mock the Week about his lack of diversity.
The panel show – hosted by Dara O’Briain – sees two teams of three compete for the best jokes on current affairs and ran for 18 seasons on BBC Two.
However, he was criticized for alienating female guests and spectators for his “laddo” humor and competitive atmosphere. These allegations led the BBC to ban male-only panels in 2014.
Pictured: Katherine Ryan, pictured at the NME Awards at the O2 Academy in Brixton, London, United Kingdom on February 12, 2020. Ryan spoke during his podcast. “
Speaking of his podcast, Ryan – a UK-based Canadian comedian – claimed that he chose not to appear on Mock the Week to protest “pedestal feminism” or the act of lifting a woman while denying other opportunities. .
“I love Mock the Week,” he said. ‘I love Dara, I think that show provided a platform for so many British comedians.
‘But I had to stop doing it because I knew that every time I was booked on that show I was removing food from another woman’s mouth.
‘I never took James Acaster’s place, I never took Ed Gamble’s place on that show, I’ve always been 100% of the time taking a job away from one of my peers.
‘I thought, “OK, I had my time on this show, and now I have to give it to someone else.”
‘As much as I enjoyed doing it, it really helped me open a new audience, I loved going there and playing with all the other comics.
“But I couldn’t do it just because of that fact -” No, Mock the Week has no problems with women, look, Katherine Ryan is on the show. “
‘Nuh uh. And now look, they will leave two of us in the same week!
Katherine Ryan (second from right) in the photo of Mock the Week – before leaving the show – portrayed a number of male comedians alongside, including the presenter Dara O’Briain (bottom center) and Hugh Dennis (top left)
Ryan, 37, also criticized Mock the Week for not offering her the same coverage as her male counterparts on the show, saying, ‘I wasn’t allowed to do the standing shift, except once. And they always made me sit in the same chair.
Remember, we would always be on the right, in the middle, in case what? One of us menstruating? Did he have some protection against leaks?
Offering further insights into the industry, Ryan said she still lacks concerts because producers believe her material is too “feminine”.
The entertainers on television also have a higher standard of beauty than male colleagues, she said.
Pictured: Katherine Ryan appears on the TV show “This Morning” in London, UK on January 27, 2020. Ryan is also known for her numerous appearances on the “8 out of 10 cats” panel and for her comedy Netflix “Glitter Room “
‘I am on TV a lot as a guest, and I have been told to wear myself out because I seem less severe. I have had my wardrobe combed by people with zero fashion editorial experience to make sure they like what I wear.
“Most men just need to introduce something clean,” he continued. “Half the time they can’t even handle it.”
According to The Times, The British Comedy Guide states that it wasn’t until 2017 and its 162 episodes that Mock the Week featured two female comics in the same program.
Host Dara O’Briain supported requests for more diversity on the show, but suggested that by creating quotas for the women participating in the panel, guests could also feel like a “symbolic woman”.