About Ryan

Ryan is a comedian, speaker coach, writer/editor, and new dad.
1806, 2017

My first Father’s Day

June 18 2017|

Before Arya was born, I convinced myself that I would do everything required of me, in order to be an involved parent. I’d change dirty diapers, and get up in the middle of the night… the […]

2305, 2017

Why learn to improvise?

May 23 2017|

A lot of people love improvising. Improv is sometimes thought of as a cult, and there’s no doubt it inspires fervent devotion in people, and for people looking to get a career in entertainment (as […]

2903, 2017

Swing for the fences

March 29 2017|

“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” — Confucius

Woody Allen is one of the best filmmakers of all time. He’s created some of the most iconic scenes and characters in cinema. On […]

1303, 2017

Sharing the good stuff

March 13 2017|

 

I’ve fallen a little out of love with Facebook lately. Sure I still waste minutes of my day scrolling through my feed aimlessly, but I’m not as active a poster as I used to be. […]

1502, 2017

In the driver’s seat

February 15 2017|

I sat in the driver’s seat and looked to my right. Not a shoulder check, just a look to the side. The driving examiner seated next to me slapped his hands on his thighs. “Alright,” […]

2501, 2017

Spending days and lives

January 25 2017|

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” Annie Dillard

I’ve been reading The Writing Life by Annie Dillard recently. It’s a slender book that offers lots of rich insights into […]

2912, 2016

Seven states for 2017

December 29 2016|

My next year isn’t so much about accomplishing things, or reaching goals. Because goals are apparently about creating habits. Do the right things and stuff gets done.

Well, I’m dialing it back slightly. Next year for me […]

1812, 2016

Baby’s first Christmas

December 18 2016|

Our baby is just now three months old, so this is her first Christmas. And my first as a dad. So my wife and I have great reasons to reinvigorate some holiday traditions — and […]

1112, 2016

The three steps to influence

December 11 2016|

Last week I stood in the middle of Amsterdam’s Centraal Station, yelling instructions at a group of 20 Nordic pharmaceutical managers. Then they put on goofy costumes and fanned out into the station, as instructed. […]

311, 2016

My NaNoWriMo is a NoNoWriMo

November 3 2016|

It’s early November first, which means it’s now NaNoWriMo. Since a few months ago, I’ve been keen on participating. I spent some time in October preparing an outline. Then, on the evening of the 31st, […]