Photography by Trevor Smith

Katherine Ryan

Comedian

| Beverly Grove

If you’ve never watched Katherine Ryan booty pop all around her office thanks to a, “case of the Beyoncés,” you may want to stop reading this and Google it right now (wait, no, you definitely want to, then immediately follow it up by her impersonation of Nicki Minaj dancing to “Starships”). The Canadian comedian-writer-actress is as hysterical as her list of professional titles is long— and yet, stand-up was originally just a side gig to help get her through school for city planning (at the time, she was also a waitress at Hooters which we imagine provided ample material for said open mic nights). Luckily for us, Ryan ultimately fell in love with making us laugh over making us roadmaps and since, she’s competed on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, won Nivea’s annual “Funny Women Award” and most excitingly, landed her first Netflix special, Katherine Ryan: In Trouble, where she tackles past tumultuous relationships, hatred for her hometown and the public’s perpetually “mean” comparison of her to, “an older Joan Rivers.” Though Ryan technically lives in London with her daughter, Violet, she’s often an honorary LA resident thanks to her work (namely, to do stand-up at Hollywood’s The Comedy Store). Here, she sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on LA.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Culina at The Four Seasons (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) is an absolute treat. My favorite dish there is the stir fry. Also, the Sunday brunch that they do is absolutely the best.

COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee from Primo Passo in Santa Monica (MAP IT, x)— it’s clean and quick and great.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: I love Sugarfish (MAP ITx). I know it’s a chain, but it’s the restaurant that got my eight year old daughter hooked on sushi (an impossible feat). We go and get her the Nozawa tasting menu and I eat whatever she can’t finish.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A Bloody Mary. I love Franklin and Company (MAP IT, x)— the bartenders are quick and friendly and they have these spiked milkshakes that are really great and interesting.

AFTER-WORK HAPPY HOUR: It can get crowded, but when I finish performing at The Comedy Store (MAP IT, x), I like to drink on their front patio (it’s right off of Sunset). It’s great for people-watching, and now that they tore down House of Blues, it has a lovely view of Los Angeles. I’m not sure how long that view will last (they’re probably putting up condos or a hotel soon) so get to it before it’s gone!

LADIES LUNCH: Craig’s (MAP ITx) is a bit of an old boy’s club, but it’s a great place to powwow and chat.

MUSIC PICK: Three Clubs (MAP IT, x) is a bit dive-y and the back room there can be hit-or-miss, but when it hits, it really hits. When I want to feel old and white, I go hang out amongst the teens at Los Globos (MAP IT, x).

BEST BRUNCH: I love Mexican food and Trois Familia (MAP ITx) does Mexican-French fusion for brunch. It may be a little weird to stick a tiny French flag in a burrito, but it’s interesting and fun.

HEALTHY STAPLE: Kreation Juice (MAP IT, x).

GUILTY PLEASURE: I eat whatever I want whenever I want (I also day-drink like a criminal) so indulgence is kind of my thing 24/7, but whenever my daughter and I go to Dylan’s Candy Bar (MAP IT, x), I get just as much as she does.

LA’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: In West Hollywood, there’s a Restoration Hardware (MAP IT) with a public park on the roof. It’s super-quiet and it has a great view, but don’t go please because I’d like to keep it to myself.

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: My boyfriend… and Sugarfish.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: I like Sunset Tower (MAP ITBOOK ITx)— it’s really close to The Comedy Store so I can easily go after a show. They have live string music and you can eat and drink outside by the pool.

GO-TO GETAWAY: We spent a week in Malibu this summer and it was great. If you can get onto Broad Beach during low-tide, there are caves that you can wiggle through to get to some totally isolated beaches on the other side.

CLOSET CHECK: My style is clean and fresh-faced. I’ll wear jeans and a soft tee shirt or contemporary feminine dresses with heels on stage. Intermix (MAP IT, x) does a really great edit of all kinds of different designers.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: I’m in the process of redecorating my flat which is inside a big Gothic church conversion. We’re trying to respect the original arches and keep a few antique pieces around, but I’ve added Ellie Cashman‘s dark floral Scandinavian wallpapers, rose gold accents and blush granite. I’m not big on clutter as my daughter has so many toys so we have fresh flowers, crystals and Diptyque (MAP ITx) candles around, but that’s about it…

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: Diptyque or any local wine shop.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: My favorite Los Angeles makeup artist is Lilly Keys (x); in London, it’s Fiona Eustace (x).

FIT PICK: I don’t work out, but I absolutely should because my ass has very sneakily changed shape from round to square. I have a yoga mat— a really nice one from Bodyism.

ULTIMATE LA MOMENT: We love to stay at The Four Seasons on Doheny and when we do, my daughter plays all day in the pool with all of the other children. Eventually, their parents materialize to reapply sunscreen or feed them and a few times, said parent has been some massive Hollywood icon. The thing about successful old men is that they keep having kids so you can be one hundred years old and still have a toddler swimming alongside mine. I’d feel badly saying who exactly I’ve seen, but it’s safe to say I’d never normally be bumping into these people… It feels very LA. CP

Katherine’s LA

From L to R: First Row: Sunset Tower; Inside Trois Familia; Dylan’s Candy Bar; Primo Passo. Second Row: Diptyque candle; Ellie Cashman floral print; Sugarfish sushi; The pool bar at Sunset Tower.

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