Breaking stigma with laughs

BREAKING THE STIGMA: Marc Ryan during a performace. Image: supplied.
BREAKING THE STIGMA: Marc Ryan during a performace. Image: supplied.

Comedian Marc Ryan, also known as the beautiful bogan, will perform stand up in Port Lincoln as part of an attempt to do 30 gigs in 30 days to raise funds for the Black Dog Institute.

Mr Ryan, who has battled personally with depression, performed at this year's SALT festival and is travelling across South Australia this month.

Mr Ryan's gig aligns with Mental Health Month.

"I'm just an Adelaide comedian who wants to take the stigma away from mental health," he said.

Along his travels, he has performed in two churches, a barber shop, a farm for war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and cafes, and will also be flying to Roxby Downs and Port Lincoln.

"I've got four shows in a day (in Roxby Downs) - I don't drink but I think I will after that," he joked.

"I'm happy to stand up here and spill my guts if it helps one of you guys.

"All I know is I fight daily and if I can then someone else can.

"My set is based on life, you can relate to it - some of it relates to the tough stuff."

He said he would also like to eventually expand his tour Australia-wide.

"I can't do 30 gigs in 30 days around Australia though, I wouldn't be married after that."

Mr Ryan said he was approached to come to Port Lincoln as part of his tour however was initially unsure about the travel until a local business covered his flights.

He will perform at Beer Garden Brewing on October 29, with Mentally Fit EP in attendance. Doors open 7pm for an 8pm start and $5 from every ticket goes to the Black Dog Institute.