Actor / EntertainerHey Reddit, I'm Katherine Ryan! No V-Day Plans? Come talk to me about my Netflix special, Katherine Ryan: In Trouble, out now!
Feb 14th 2017 by katherineryan • 12 Questions • 3074 Points
My bio: Three years ago I decided to get into the fight of preparing children for the workforce of tomorrow. I ran and won a seat on a School Board in Hampton Roads. In that time I've learned a lot about local Education and championed causes that I think make our community a better place.
The Department of Education has limited influence on k-12 education. Local leaders, such as members of the local School Board, make a surprisingly large number of decisions in public education. I believe that public education is the most efficient path to the American dream.
Proof: Here is post on my public facebook page for proof.
If you have any further questions, you can follow or like me on facebook. To be a leader of the people I need to hear from the people, so ask me questions.
EDIT: I want to thank everyone for participating in my AMA. This was a great experience for me to connect with all of you. I plan to do another AMA in June 2017. Want another AMA sooner? Just write a comment on this facebook post. I hope that I was able to give all of you the insight you need to make change in your local schools. I know from talking with school board members from around the country that school boards really want to hear from people in the community. The government should be made up of ordinary people like me and you. Engage with your local leaders and it will be.
To David ... First, what are your plans to continue books in the Uplift universe, and do you have plans for a sequel to Glory Season?
And second, how would you contrast your vision of near future Earth in 'Earth' with your view on near future now, especially after current election. I always loved your idea of requiring people to consume certain amount of news before they are allowed to vote, but in current (apparent) propaganda war, would this even be feasible, with all the echo chambers?
You should take a few minutes and explore r/personalfinance. You'll encounter countless young Americans who are clearly ill-equipped for life beyond school. Most do not understand basic budgeting, let alone tax code. Many run into financial distress before they turn 30. How does your local school district teach our tax code and budgeting to students? What sort of programs are available to the students that prepare them for managing debt and their personal finance?
Yes he laughs all the time! Exactly how he laughs on TV. x
Hi Janareta. I am a little way into my big Uplift Book returning to Creideiki and the folks I abandoned on that planet long ago. (I am getting death threats from my 35 year old former self!) I have lots of sequel notes for Glory Season, Postman etc but none of those will happen till I get the self-duplicator from KILN PEOPLE! ;-) -- But I have two new books! INSISTENCE OF VISION and CHASING SHADOWS! See more at http://www.davidbrin.com -- db
Financial Literacy is actually an integral part of the curriculum in our schools. In fact, Menchville and Woodside high schools were named 2015-2016 W!SE blue Star Schools for their students' performance on the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test. The national certification test is given to high school students upon completion of the personal finance course. To earn the Blue Star designation, students attending the school must achieve a 75% pass rate on the test with either a majority of students at a given grade level taking the test or an average score of 80% or higher by students who take the test.
What does David Mitchell's beard feel like? I imagine it contains the secrets of the universe.
Hey, fellow Canadian here. I'm a big fan of British panel shows, and you are one of my favorite personalities to regularly appear on the shows, especially Cats does Countdown.
What is your favorite thing about Canada? And your favorite part of the country? If I visit Britain, where should I go?
Thanks, look forward to watching you show on Netflix.
Miniature nukes. How the heck can we not allow or, perhaps, contain them?
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Secretary Devos wants the Federal Government to establish Charter Schools, which I think violates the 10th amendment US Constitution. The constitution of Virginia gives local school boards the authority to establish Charter schools. I think that authority should remain with a local body so that Charter schools can be customized to the localities they serve. In Newport News we have a great charter school because the school board worked with the community to establish a winning model. Devos is advocating an over reach by the Federal government. So I'm not excited about the new Devos administration.
Hi Katherine!! As an American who recently discovered "8 out of 10 cats Does Countdown" and fell immediately in love with the humor, so you have any recommendations for shows/specials that best hit British comedy?
Also, please tell me that Jon Richardson is as afraid of human contact as he makes himself out to be hahah.
What's your take on the the time frame for practical fusion energy generation? Is it something that will be unnecessary by the time it's possible?
Who's your favourite stand-up to see live? Do you got to a lot of your friends' shows?
I might be a little (a lot) behind. I keep wondering what scientists know that makes them so convinced that the barriers are political instead of practical. Is the math already worked out? Because I thought that they were still trying to figure out how to contain the reaction for an extended duration. Is it really just a matter of testing what they are already fairly certain of?
FYI. Saw Catherine speak at WorldCon(ChiCon) in 2012. Turns out your EM Drive info was quite solid. :D
The disinformation you open with is not exactly new, tho... we just give it different name. But point taken. @David, in Existence there was no mention of any 'information gatekeeping' function within the information infrastructure everyone accesses every moment of the day. Do you assume this can be fixed? And if so, with algorithms or crowdsourcing?
Constructive criticism here. My time in Virginia schools in Chesapeake (Grassfield) 2007-2011 was inundated by SOL's that rarely challenged the knowledge base of students and frequently were laughed at as jokes of the system. They were a complete downplay of how intelligent the students were and shaped classrooms to be less effective than previous years. I hope that now the bar has been set higher. Plenty of students coasted because the bar had been set so low.
hahah yes he is.
Hi Katherine! What was traveling with Richard Ayoade like?
What are some of the quirks you've found as a Canadian living in London?
Well, you certainly are the Titan of Transparency, Dr. Brin. } ; = 8 P
To touch on that, though, and play a bit of a devil's advocate, how do you think transparency could be used to stop the guy building a "small" fission bomb in his basement, either as a hobby because he was bored and owned a large property he liked to blow things up on, or to further some terroristic agenda? It's not feasible today, but in a few decades, it's not beyond the realm of plausibility that even mid-range, consumer-level 3D printers and CNC-like fabricators could produce equipment of sufficient sophistication to create an implosion-type bomb (and the hardware of an gun-type fission bomb can be manufactured easily enough, today).
If a person is willing to settle for less than the ideal isotopes for nuclear weapons, and accrue small amounts over time, how would we be able to catch them, and either prevent them from doing something stupid with their backyard destruction project, or from building and deploying such a device for terroristic purposes?
I've Noticed you've done a wee bit of work with Frankie Boyle. Are you comfortable with the levels of offence he will go to in comedy? Do you feel there is a line and would you feel comfortable crossing it?
I'm not sure I completely agree. There is an importance nuance.
Inventing and innovating is at the core of societies ability to adapt. And this is a somewhat private process that often goes against the status quo. This makes it harder to perform when every decision can be judged before it bares fruit.
We need a social system that reflects the power of the decisions being made. One that encourages diversity whilst at the same time tying us together in a shared global community. One where transparency is automatically increased with the degree of power involved. One that encourages freedom of individuality, but keeps dangerous technology heavily supervised.
BTW: I'm a long time fan. Earth was very formative for me in 90s. I wish more authors would write near future science fiction. It must be very hard to write as it is sure to always gets it partly wrong, but it is so informative and provides a vision for us to work with.
Hello Mr Brown, I'm a resident of Norfolk with kids in the public schools here. If a voucher program were to be put in place like Mrs. Devos favors, how do you think it would affect the public schools in our area?
Good question. I love Frankie, he's a lovely man and a philanthropist. I do not think there's a line as long as you're always punching up. There's darkness and light in life so there should be darkness and light in comedy. I'm curious about the world so a lot of my comedy is just asking questions. We never want to hurt anyone. Comedy is meant to make difficult things better. xx
What was it like filming Taskmaster? Did you really get to keep everyone's stuff that you won?
I recall a few years ago you mentioned that Startide Rising was under consideration for a movie version. Is that still in the works and, if so, where in the process is it?
I read the book at 16 years old and absolutely loved it! A movie version with today's special effects would be fantastic.
Coincidence. There are... nibbles... as we speak. No jinxing. It's ridiculous that anyone can resist the elevator pitch... "dolphins... in SPACE!"
All public schools in Virginia have the same funding model. Funding is based largely on the number of students enrolled in the school division.
I am going to use round numbers to make this example straightforward. Let's say the cost of educating a child is $10K per year. For public schools in Virginia $1K comes from the Federal government, $4K comes from Virginia, and $5K comes from the county or city. Again these are rough numbers just for this example.
The $1K from the Federal Government covers special initiatives like Title 1, Title 2, etc. It varies and usually has lots of strings attached. For example, Title 3 only goes to children who speak English as a second language.
The $4K from the State of Virginia works like this: Take the total budget for education and divide it by all of the students enrolled in public schools.
The $5K from the city or county works like this: The city council or board of supervisors has agreed to appropriate $5K per child in large part because the neighboring locality is appropriating say $4K per child. The idea is to remain competitive with other localities.
Here is how the voucher system will work in Virginia according to voucher bills proposed by the General Assembly. An example bill is, HB 2042. The $4K in funding from the state will be sent to the child. Wherever the child enrolls that is the school that receives this funding. Recall that the city or county is also funding based on enrollment. In response to decreased enrollment, the locality will reduce the budget for the school by $5K to account for the lost student.
Finally, the Federal Government is also funding based on enrollment. In response to decreased enrollment, the federal government will reduce the budget for the school by $1K. There is no net gain. The public school just loses its funding. The loss of funding forces the school division to lay off its teachers, principals, etc.
eep! David Brin! I loved the Uplift series.
I'm curious if you ever heard about this?: there's a 90's Artificial Life sim called "Creatures", where you take care of cute little pets with a virtual brain, genetics and biochemistry, in a virtual sandbox world with natural dangers.
In 1997, players of the game took to setting up a world and letting it run without helping the creatures to survive or interfering at all, to see how they would eventually improve after many generations of mutation and natural selection. They took to calling it a "Wolfling Run" after the Uplift novels. We still do today, 20 years later.
Hi, Katherine. Cats does Countdown is like a dirty pleasure of mine since I'm American, so I'm wondering what the process of getting a mascot is? Do you come up with something and make it or do you contact the props department or something. Someone has probably asked this before, but I never saw it lol. Thanks :-)
Okay, maybe this is a really predictable question but ... What's your take on Trump, especially when it comes to nuclear security and the fears so many people seem to have about his presidency altering the country and the world in significant ways? Think this will all make its way into your writing?
I loved your 'fake news' tweet! It was so believable. And now for my question. As a fellow Canadian I find the UK to be very similar in culture and humour, however, what is one thing you were surprised by (or continue to be surprised by) in the U.K.?
To enlisted personnel, the words "rely on the skill, calm temperament and professionalism of the... officer corps," don't exactly inspire confidence. Officers not having any idea what they're doing, and the enlisted guys being the ones who actually do all the work and get everything done is something of a half-joke/half-truth in the military.
All jokes aside, though, at least in the sub force (I can't speak for the surface fleet, nor the other branches), -most- officers who make it much past LTJG are usually pretty competent, capable, and generally very intelligent (though JOs having high intelligence is generally much more reliable than them having high competence). We also have the advantage, unlike the militaries of many other countries, of having a highly-trained, and usually well-educated enlisted corps, who are very active in both training the officers and providing back-up (sometimes "forceful back-up") when they try to do something particularly stupid.
Have you ever considered the possible outcomes of a civilization dominated by nations who take a much more old-school/traditional approach of having gentrified officers strictly from the nobility commanding uneducated and minimally-trained enlisted personnel, vs the model we use?
How different do you think the world might be today if the US military had stuck with the old-school approach of educated officers vs uneducated enlisted? How much of an impact on civilization do you think the differences between those two models has?
Are there still yard signs "DOGS AND SAILORS KEEP OFF THE GRASS"? HAHAHA
They're definitely not as friendly in London as they are in Canada. When I visit home, I have to allocate extra time while running errands to speak to the bus driver, cashier, stranger etc.
Hi Katherine, when you and Aisling Bea are on the same shows you seem like you would have AMAZING nights out... Please say this is true?
Yes, that's pretty much what I was describing. About ten percent or so (give or take) of the total crew compliment of any US Navy ship consists of commissioned officers. The rest consists of enlisted personnel, a huge percentage of which are varying levels of non-commissioned officers (and a significant majority percentage on subs, where advancement rates are much higher than the surface fleet). Our enlisted personnel are highly-trained system experts, and excluding the new guys who are still learning/qualifying in the basics, everyone is expected to have a solid, working knowledge of how their equipment operates, and how to keep it operational in the field.
The Russians, in contrast, take a very different approach. They still have the officer/enlisted divide, but it is much more substantial, in multiple ways. Roughly half of their crew compliment is commissioned officers, with the other half being enlisted conscripts, who serve for two years and are strictly trained as system operators, not system experts. They operate out of rote procedure, and are not trained, nor expected to have a working knowledge of how their equipment does what it does, or how to keep it working in the field, beyond basic, pre-written maintenance instructions.
It is also worth noting that we're not the only ones who follow the system expert model. Some of our closest allies, like the Brits, follow the same model, with minor variations. I can't speak for every nation, but it does seem like Western/democratic nations tend to prefer the system expert model over the system operator model.
We do have amazing nights out! She's a babe. We are professional dancers.
Catherine here: I have far more ideas and stories worked out than I have time to write, so I concentrate on the stories I'm doing for publication.
If you're working toward publication, I would suggest writing short stories, going through one or two revision processes, sending them out to potential publishers, either online or in print, and then getting to work on your next story. It's good to learn to revise, but don't spend so much time revising that the story never gets sent out.
Also, don't let rejection get you down! It happens to every writer, even those of us who have hit best seller lists. If a rejection comes back, send it out to the next publisher on your list.
You can also go the self-published route. I would suggest trying publishers that pay first, however. Many of us got a lot of rejections before placing a story, but it was worth going through all that for the editorial and marketing advantages of having a well-established publisher.
You can also combine self-publishing with sending out stories that you haven't self-published, so you're building a fan base while you look for a publisher. One note: once you've published something on the web that anyone can read, you've given away first publication rights, which most publishers want. So that is why I suggest submitting different stories to publishers than the ones you've put up on line.
Hi Katherine, you responded to my reddit post about you on your twitter account yesterday,
After dying of embarrassment I felt that I should apologise for mistaking your height, but in my defense you must have been wearing like five inch heels or something...although, on reflection it might have been because you were on a stage....
Anyway just wanted to say that I love your stand up and I was wondering if you are planning to return to the Fringe again this year?
A bit more of a present-day question, on the subject of nuclear weapons and their use.
I have a number of family members (aunts, uncles, older cousins, etc.), and various friends and co-workers I've had over the years, who have all either agreed with, or actively argued for the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike to solve our problems, mostly in the Middle East.
Do you have any recommendations for what to say to these people, all of whom lived through the days of "Duck and Cover" and the threat of nuclear annihilation, to dissuade them from the notion that using nuclear weapons, let alone as a "first strike," is a good idea?
In addition to that, do you have any thoughts on why people who spent half or more of their lives living under the threat of global nuclear annihilation would think that the use of nukes at all would be a good idea?
Oh my gosh! Don't apologise! I thought it was really funny. x
We have a severe problem that irrational people can take the American ethos of Suspicion of Authority (SoA) and be coaxed into turning it NOT against their oligarch oppressors, but against all the smartypants professionals who know stuff. Those professionals KNOW that crime has declined in America. We know that a hundred times more Americans died under George Bush as died under Obama from violence at the hands of Muslim antagonists. A hundred times. But you'll never get the New Confederates to look at the evidence. Indeed, facts only enrage them against us.
If every Middle Eastern nation declared war against us tomorrow, what could that alliance do to us? Fear of them is pathetic and cowardly. We outnumber them, even united! Their combined economies and militaries are a fingernail clipping, next to ours. Terrorism? Show me the terrorism! There's been almost none!
Our parents, in the Greatest Generation, endured more losses in any week of WWII than we have across the entire War on Terror, including 9/11! Yet the GGs never whimpered and whined and moaned and thrashed and threw tantrums the way confeds do, screeching "Islamic terrorists!"
Note it is folks who do NOT live in the cities who rail in fear. City folk - who are the targets - shrug and get on with business. -- db
Huge fan since first watching you on QI 'K' live. Simple question, what do you watch to unwind?
I hope you're right regarding intelligence agencies civil servants. The problem is that more and more, meaning well is not enough. You need to Act Well, and unfortunately that means doing what Snowden did !
I was so scared on QI! It's a really intimidating show because Stephen Fry is such a genius. I'm glad you liked it but I hardly spoke a word! I love watching comedy and I'm so excited that GIRLS has launched it's last series. But I'm sad it's the last. I watch a lot of reality TV because it numbs the mind COMPLETELY. xx
Catherine here: It is certainly still a deterrent. However, you make a good point. It only takes one person in a position of power to upset the careful balance we currently maintain in the world. The scientific and technological infrastructure to create such weapons isn’t easy to come by, but that doesn’t mean other countries and/or individuals can’t eventually develop them. We need to become well educated on the dangers, and to use our judgment in selecting leaders who can protect our best interests, not only in weapons development, but in dealing with the rest of the world in a manner that will encourage cooperation in protecting humanity from destruction. We also need a strong education focus on STEM fields that help train those who can develop counter measures to the means of mutually assured destruction; and a focus on political science/diplomacy, to train more people who can deal in a positive manner with discussions about weapons control among the international community.
What's something hilarious that I can write inside my girlfriends valentines card?
Best estimate on when will the singularity happen?
What's some cool things you plan to do when we have infinite virtual worlds to explore and create?
OMG on the spot um.......Roses are red violets are blue, I'm sad that I cannot get pregnant by you?
Depends on which singularity. If it turns out AI must happen the way WE did it... the only example we know... then they'll have to experience the world in tactile reality, like a human child. In which case it will take 20 years for little child robots to become truly superior. Time to teach them values and for civilization to remain human.
If it happens like in the movies, with a sudden accidental takeoff? Well, maybe it already has! Yes, I am talking to you, fellah! Yes, you, the AI I spotted lurking while I wrote EXISTENCE. You think I'm gonna stop these hints just because...
...ah, a bribe? Okay, never mind. Just joshing around ;-) --db
Predictable question perhaps, but my partner and I recently became parents (at exactly the same time, strange) - what would be your number one piece of advice with regard to raising a human being to be a respectful, empathetic member of society?
Hey, thanks for your detaillied answers. My question is, what are the sci-fi stories or books that gave you the Wow-effect? You know, when you read it and think "damn, this idea mentioned in here is so... Genius or insane, but very interesting". And maybe the best you have read so far?
Great joke, first of all.
I treat Violet like a human? That's all. I don't read any parenting shit and when she cried, I always picked her up. I breastfed her for a long time though that's not for everyone. She sleeps with me every night. I tell her the truth and I never tell her off in front of people. I don't take pictures of her if she's sad or crying. I would never humiliate her. I say sorry if I've been wrong. I'm still figuring it out. So far, she's strangely excellent. Really happy, healthy, strong, and smart. x
Well... so many... Poul Anderson's BRAIN WAVE? Almost anything by Fred Pohl. Greg Bear's BLOOD MUSIC. Vernor Vinge's MAROONED IN REAL TIME. Almost anything by Catherine Asaro! Nancy Kress. -db
Katherine, thanks for following me on twitter. It was a really nice suprise.
My question is do Canadians or Brits apologise more?
Blood Music was one of the most beautiful and frightening things I've ever read!
Greg Egan's novella "Wang's Carpets" left me with my jaw dropped. I ended up writing a 5000 word essay titled "Strange Loops of Wonder" about the science/math in it. The essay first appeared Tangent Magazine and then later in the anthology Projections: Science Fiction in Literature & Film, ed. Lou Anders.
Hi Katherine, long time fan of yours, just came over from your twitter.
My favourite meal is boeuf bourguignon, but I've been unable to eat it since I became a vegetarian several years ago. I have yet to successfully recreate it as a vegetarian dish, but I'm honing in on it.
What is your favourite meal?
Given your use of the larger concept in Sundiver, have you heard of the recent proposal of a quantum cascade laser system that is powered strictly by heat, with no electrical input, and produces a cooling effect by emitting light? https://phys.org/news/2012-11-powering-lasers.html
Do you think this could be used, not just to power a high-energy laser, but to make highly effective and efficient heat sinks that emit laser light at a much higher rate than even the most emissive materails we could make a heat sink out of?
My step dad is vegan so I'll ask him if there's a good way to make it. I like mexican food, burritos etc. I can't escape my irishness though and I've never turned down a potato in any form. x
Kewl! Hadn't heard of that! I will look into it. I want royalties! -db
What's the biggest difference between performing in UK compared to Canada?
Other than being able to have a career, of course.
I've read like 5 books in my life front to back; I just can't get into them. But one book I couldn't put down was Robert L. Forward's Dragon's Egg! Have you read it, and do you have a recommendation from your works that you think I might like?
hahah yeah, well I didn't really perform much in Canada so I can't comment on that. I was doing open mics and I met a lot of great friends there. I go back for JFL sometimes in Montreal and I find it difficult to adjust to the fact that I no longer have a silly accent there. x
Catherine here: Dragon's Egg is brilliant. If you like diamond hard sf, then from my works I would suggest Primary Inversion (preferably the ebook version, which was updated from the hardcover) and its sequel The Radiant Seas. They involve relativistic projections, other physics, math, chemistry, and also military science (e.g. futuristic weapons development and space battles at relativistic speeds). I ended up publishing a paper in the American Journal of Physics about the scientific extrapolation I used for the relativistic background.
Also you might enjoy my book Spherical Harmonic, which involves an imagined universe based on the Hilbert space described by the spherical harmonic eigenfunctions that solve the Laplace Equation. Some prose in the book is even written in the shape of the sinusoidal waves found in the spherical harmonics.
Some of my books also include essays in the back about the science. For example, The Quantum Rose is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast in a science fiction setting, so it's not hard sf. However, the book is an allegory to quantum scattering theory, and I talk about the science in an essay at the end of the book. That happened because I was writing my doctoral thesis in coupled channeled quantum scattering theory at the same time I was writing the first draft of Quantum Rose, and I couldn’t separate my thoughts on the two.
What do you think of the development of railguns, lasers and anti-ballistic missiles greatly reducing the threat of ICBM-delivered nuclear weapons?
How would this affect international relations, if MAD was less certain than it is today?
My friend Luke Turner writes a lot about it. It's basically the idea that art comes from art and I comment a lot on pop culture and stuff so I like it. Hard to explain short form. xx
HI, Matterbeam. At this point, I'd say that the threat is spreading out among more types of weapons, so it's diffused in that sense, but that nuclear weapons still pose a substantial threat.
Hi Katherine! Im a big fan of Task Master, it's a brilliantly simple concept for the show and Alex and Greg do a great job with it. Can you explain how shooting the series worked and any memorable moments?
Have you heard the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise?
It's a blur because you're so invested in the tasks. As soon as it's over, you wish you could start again. We aren't allowed to talk about the tasks until we see them live in studio so you think you've done really well, only to find that you're an idiot.
How long do you have to live in London until people stop teasing you about Canadian stereotypes?
Asking for, uh, a friend eh.
Hey humans, thanks for doing this. I'm just wondering what's next for science fiction? Do you see the current geopolitical climate informing any general themes? Will we see more "abandon ship" Earth exodus story telling? Or a move away from dystopian to something a bit more idealistic?
Hello! And you're welcome. I suspect we will see a more books dealing with political projections into the future, not so much dystopias (which are suffering right now from dystopia-fatigue among readers), but rather, projections of current political situations taken to the extreme in the future. For example, what would happen if we denied global warming 100% and it continued until substantial portions of the planet became uninhabitable?
All of these have been done in some form or another already, so I think fresh, updated takes on the subject matter with a view toward modern day life (in particular the much larger influence of the online world on our culture) will have the greatest impact. -- CA
Just noticed your special is available in Germany as well, made my day!
Watching right now :o)
Any chance for a Comedy Central Roast? you're definitely one of the best IMO, harsh as Frankie Boyle but easier on the eye
Do you have an old-timey favorite short-story sci-fi author? I think it's the toughest sci-fi out there - trying to convey an "abnormal" plot in a meaningful way in a short amount of time.
I love the comedy central roasts. Jimmy Carr was so great on his. I'd love to do one x
I really liked Joan D. Vinge when I was young. I agree with what you say about short stories. They are the hardest for me to write.
Hi Katherine! You are one of my favourite comedians, both on screen and live. My question is what's the most memorable heckle you've had so far?
Contrariwise, may not utopian science fiction that explains how a species has skillfully averted nuclear be beneficial for the same goal? Any recommendations for such science fiction novels? Thanks!
Hmmmmm I don't remember most of them. That's the wonderful thing about live stand up. Stuff happens in the room and then it's gone. You'd have to have been there. x
Have you tried Joan Slonczewski? She's an excellent writer of hard sf with a bent toward microbiology.
Hey Katherine, thanks for the AMA! Another UK-TV-obsessed Canadian here.
I find this thought popping into my head from time to time and I need to know the answer: why do you say eating bread is like eating a napkin?
I've seen you make this comparison on two separate occasions, and sometimes I'll be eating a sandwich and a memory of you saying this will pop into my head and make me question...everything.
So what's the deal with you and bread?!
haha I just hate bread. it creeps me out. It's not food. Historically, we needed it for sustenance but we don't anymore. It's everywhere and I don't know why. It's not food! It's so processed. It's the thing standing in between me and food. Wherever I am, I'm like 'WILL THERE BE FOOD" and people say yes but they are LYING BECAUSE THERE IS NO FOOD THERE IS ONLY BREAD sorry. xx
Obviously none of us here stand a chance of getting a date with you (or any other famous people), but hypothetically speaking, how would one go about it? I mean, I find it rather unlikely that we'd stumble across your profiles on places like Tinder, and I suspect it'd be rather creepy if we saw you in public and approached you with "can I take you out for hot chocolate and gummy bears?"
I have never been on a date with a stranger and I will never go on a date with a stranger. You have to be friends with me for minimum one year and then you'll be magically living with me before you know what's happened.
Hi Katherine massive fan. Good luck with the netflix special. Quick question. Who do you find to be the most receptive and involved audience's? Stand up or studio? English or Irish? Etc?
Thank you! Live Stand up is my fav and I actually love British audiences. Hmmmm maybe Scottish especially xx
What's the strangest thing to happen to you other than the fake radio competition?
I was once targeted by an inflatopheliac.