A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO CHEMO
Now 29 (and six years post-treatment) Luke has just released his debut book, the bestselling comic memoir A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo – a story about growing up, getting sick, getting better, getting sick again, partying while on chemo, dating while bald, dancing with death and freezing your sperm.
This September he's bringing his critically acclaimed live show to Melbourne Fringe for its Melbourne premiere. A warm, uplifting and hilarious collection of stories, observations and one-liners from inside the oncology ward, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo offers a fresh and unexpected take on a topic that in ways big and small affects us all.
“Cancer is a topic close to my heart – both metaphorically and very, very literally – and I think it’s so important that we try and find ways of talking about it that aren’t so cloaked in awkwardness and glossy magazine sentimentality,” says Ryan. “Screw the battles and the journeys – I just want to laugh in the face of absurdity.”
Will he make it? (Spoiler alert: yes) Will it be funny? (Also yes). It may not be what you usually expect from a night of stand-up, but Luke’s on a mission to prove there’s humour in a tumour, if you only know where to look.
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO CHEMO AT MELBOURNE FRINGE
FRI 18 - 25 | LITHUANIAN CLUB | 16+ 8:00 PM (7:00PM ON SUNDAY)
Tickets available from melbournefringe.com.au
"Not only serves up plenty of belly laughs, it does a nice number in poignant moments too. Above all, it deserves a medal for defusing the dread usually provoked by the C-word."
– Sydney Morning Herald
"An intelligent writer of great talent."
– The Australian
“You’ll laugh while admiring the guts of Luke and his family. You’ll love it.”
– Big Issue
"Ryan shows there’s humour in a tumour with this surprisingly cheerful show that deftly avoids mawkishness, pity or cliché to sound an optimistic note. I don’t know whether he’s ‘brave’, but he’s certainly funny.”
"Has the confidence, style and delivery of a far more seasoned performer. Luke is one of our great emerging talents."
– The Pun