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 won 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. She was the first 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 events 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.
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 first drag act on mainstream radio in Ireland in 2012 with a move to Beat 102 103 where her Ryde Report slot on Beat Breakfast was wildly popular.
In 2013, Joanna stepped back from all stage and radio work when she was approached to appear in front of the judges on Britain’s Got Talent where she received 4 yeses from the judges. She narrowly missed out on the live shows.
Since then, Joanna has taken a step back from performing but remains active on social media.