Beau Ryan denied having any knowledge of a man bearing his name. The former Rugby League player made the statement to judges of The Frownlow Medal after he was made aware of his nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.
“Never heard of him,” Ryan asserted.
Frownlow judges were at first perplexed by this response, but later realised how this could be true. Clearly, Ryan had googled ‘Beau Ryan footballer’ and ‘Beau Ryan comedian’, but was unable to find any information through these searches. The simple reason for the failed search is that, during his NRL career, Ryan merely occupied a place on the field while Rugby League games took place, and the fact that his segment on the Channel 9 Footy Show, ‘Beau Knows’, could never be described as comedy.
The Footy Show segment is, however, the vehicle through which Ryan earned his nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. Ryan made a racist joke towards a woman of south-east asian descent during one of his skits and was widely criticised for the poor attempt at humour. His bid for the Hall of Fame was strengthened with the news that he had once cheated on his wife with a children’s entertainer.
Alas, Ryan was not inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame and will forever be remembered for attempting to do football and comedy.