Empire Control Room
"...I'm sitting across from this young comic, this Ryan Cownie, who's taken over hosting Avalanche Comedy at Holy Mountain on Monday nights...."
"...Oh, hello. And not only is Cubas headlining Cap City all this week, but he’s got that Ryan Cownie opening for him..."
"...Tell you two things right from the get-go: The popular comedian will be back in Austin as often as he can, and his Avalanche Comedy nights at Holy Mountain have already been taken over by the man's, ah, well, let's say his protégé: Ryan Cownie...."
"...It was a coup of the kind you might have expected in Indonesia or eastern Europe, but Cap City Comedy Club? And yet there it was in the results of this year's Funniest Person in Austin contest: Snagging the coveted crown of comedy was Omaha transplant Cody Hustak, with second place going to Ryan Cownie, who moved here with Hustak in 2010 and is his roommate. (Third-place finisher Lashonda Lester denies any knowledge of the Cornhusker comedy conspiracy.) The Chronicle contacted Hustak to learn how he prevailed over the other 200-plus FPIA competitors...."
"...Second prize in the competition went to Ryan Cownie for the second year in a row. His repeated promises to get to his scripted joke material after dispensing with certain contractually obligated product mentions and disclaimers was the running-gag gift that kept on giving in his set and set up an extended commentary on Mountain Dew that included tragic news about his niece, who did not consume the soda responsibly: "She died of an overDewse" – a pun that plays better than it reads, because it won Cownie Joke of the Night honors and $100 on top of his $1,000 cash prize..."
"...Everyone was super intimidating, because the comics here are so funny and original. I saw Cody Hustak and Ryan Cownie do their thing, and I was like, ‘I’ve been doing straight stand-up, but – you can do that stuff?’ So it was kind of intimidating, but I started realizing, wow, these are the best audiences I’ve ever performed for..."
"...From those, the dirty dozen has emerged: 12 comics who will go punch-line to punch-line in the final bid for the title of the 28th Funniest Person in Austin. In alphabetical order, they are: Amber Bixby, Mac Blake, Duncan Carson, Ryan Cownie, Chris Cubas, Cody Hustak, Bob Khosravi, Maggie Maye, Luke McClory, David McQuary, Derek Phelps, and Chance Royce...."
"...And here it comes again – tonight, Mother's Day Night – and it's not even at The New Movement: The second anniversary Shit's Golden comedy showcase is going down at Spider House Ballroom, featuring the talents of Cody Hustak, Zac Brooks, Lucas Molandes, Ryan Cownie, Katie Pengra, Joe Hafkey, and more...."
"...Ryan Cownie (Sat., 12:30pm) Host of Holy Mountain's Avalanche: Stand-up Comedy From Austin's Funniest People...."
"...8:30pm The Austin Show Kath Barbadoro, Bryan Gutmann, Chip Pope, Mario DiGiorgio, Derek Phelps, Ryan Cownie, Lucas Molandes, Amber Bixby. Swan Dive, 615 Red River..."
"...But of course the deliberation took a while. Even disregarding the other 11 comics – although, how can one really "disregard" the talented likes of Chris Cubas, Cameron Fielder, Cody Hustak, David McQuary, Holly Lorka, Jonathan Pace, Maggie MacDonald, Nick Mullen, Ramin Nazer, Ryan Cownie, and Amber Bixby? – the decision to award first place to Ritchie couldn't have been easy..."