Joanna Ryde first came to prominence in 2006 when her all-singing, all-dancing cabaret act grabbed attention around Ireland. She began appearing in venues and at pride festivals throughout the country and within a year she was Alternative Miss Ireland, the most prestigious title on the Irish cabaret scene.
That year she made her TV debut with appearances on The Podge & Rodge Show and in 2008 she was approached to appear on The All Ireland Talent Show where she narrowly missed out on the live shows. The following year she made a cameo appearance on the sitcom Val Falvey TD and returned to The All Ireland Talent Show where she became a live finalist for Shane Lynch’s Dublin team. The live show she performed in was the closest in terms of votes in the history of the show! She remains, to date, the only drag performer to reach the final stages of any TV talent show in Ireland.
Joanna gained a loyal following by performing live in venues and at pride festivals around Ireland and in 2009, moved to Waterford to take up a full time residency with the Dignity Group in their venues in Kilkenny, Waterford and Galway. She also maintained a regular residency in Cork, first in Instinct and then in Chambers.
In 2011 she became a columnist with The Munster Express and released her first novel, Diary Of A Ryde, although with the publisher going out of business only a week after release, the rights were reverted and rewrites began with hopes of a future release.
She has produced over 20 parody songs on her popular YouTube channel, racking up thousands of subscribers and over a million views, gaining her fans across the world.
She has won a number of awards including South East Entertainer Of The Year and Rebel Awards Honorary Corkonian. She was runner up to Westlife’s Mark Feehily in the GALAS Irish Entertainer Of The Year in 2013.
Joanna became the only drag act on mainstream radio in Ireland in 2012 with a move to Beat 102 103 where she was wildly popular. In 2013, Joanna stepped back from all stage and radio work in order to take part in Britain’s Got Talent where she reached the final 150 having received four yeses from the judges at the arena auditions in Belfast.
Following a hiatus, Joanna returned to the stage in 2015 as part of the popular La Revue Cabaret Show.