Blackpool’s Ryan Gleeson first started stand-up comedy in 1997, at the age of jut 16 years old and in 2002, he became the resident compere of the Comedy Station Comedy Club and rapidly became a much demanded comedian and compere, working in the biggest comedy clubs across the. U.K.
Ryan is a multi-award winning comedian in his own right, picking up no fewer than 5 awards, over his career.
He’s also reached the finals of some very prestigious awards, such as City Life Comedian of the Year, three times. Previous winners of this award are Peter Kay, Steve Coogan, John Bishop and many, many more. In 2003, Ryan reached the semi-finals of Channel 4’s So, You Think You’re Funny, which led to him appearing on the show, recorded at the Edinburgh Festival.
“THE BRUCE LEE OF COMEDY” – GRIN UP NORTH
If Ryan’s face looks familiar, it may be because you’ve seen it before, performing stand-up comedy on T.V. shows such as This Morning, ITV’s Richard Hammond’s 5 O’Clock Show, Channel 4’s So, You Think You’re Funny? or his very own chat show Talk Lancashire. Ryan was also selected to become one of the first ever hosts of the brand new Crystal Maze live experience, in Manchester, guiding contestants around the four zones of the Maze, from the original Channel 4 series, including the cast of Coronation Street, on one occasion, to the Crystal Dome. In 2019, Ryan also appeared in Mike Leigh’s film Peterloo, about the Petersfield Massacre, in Manchester.
”BLOODY BRILLIANT” – JOHN BISHOP
As well as performing as a comedian, all over the world, Ryan has hosted some huge events, most recently, he was asked to host the British Beard & Moustache Championships, in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, which attracted over 200 contestants, from over 20 countries and is actually the second largest such event in the world.
“THERE’S PACE ALL OVER THE PLACE IN RYAN’S SET AND HE CAN SWITCH EFFORTLESSLY FROM HECKLE PUT DOWN TO SURREAL ROUTINE TO PLAIN HARD HITTING PUNCHLINE” – MCF