It's hard to believe that Ryan Clauson was once so shy he would hide in the bathroom during high school dances. We only say this because our introduction to the lanky 28-year-old came via a poster advertising a comedy show on which he is posing naked, with nothing more than a trio of coconuts covering his nether region.
If Clauson's intention was to get people's attention, we'll give him that. Now, as for his other assertions -- including the self-proclaimed title of Health Champion, body-language expert and the moniker of Mr. Attraction -- one will have to attend Saturday Night Live, a stand up, sketch, improv and variety show at the Enchanted Forest to be the true judge of that.
"I like to combine my three interests of comedy, dating and health to create a unique, fun, and explosive experience for the audience," says Clauson. "My shows are high energy, a little weird, and sexual at times. Health is the focus, but lots of subjects are touched on. It's certainly for an adult audience."
The native of Hanover, New Hampshire, USA, will be using Saturday's show to test out new material before hitting the professional comedy circuit in the United States and Canada later this month. Named Campus Activities Magazine's "Fastest Rising Star' in 2010, the former hockey player turned marathon runner tours more than 100 colleges and universities a year and has performed at both NACA Nationals and COCA Nationals; the largest conferences for campus activities in the United States and Canada, respectively.
Oh yeah, and he once opened for Saturday Night Live icon, Dana Carvey.
Despite his fame, Clauson stresses Nosara will always hold a special place in his heart.
"This place really changed me as a comedian because this is the first place I began to joke about yoga, meditation, and the hippie culture," he says. "I took jokes, I was inspired to write here, and started doing shows at Yoga studios in Boston. That went so well, I said, 'hmmm, I wonder if I can actually joke about all this healthy stuff in a regular mainstream comedy club?' I did and to my amazement it worked great and it jump started my career."
The youngest of six children, Clauson remembers a time when he couldn't even talk to girls, never mind ask them out on a date. Well, not any more. Now, he tutors men and women how to meet, attract, and date the person of their dreams.
"Comedy is my passion, but seven years ago, I realized I could use my humor as an effective tool to give helpful dating advice to men and women, continues the, author of the book, The Nine Rules of Attraction.
Now, as for the title of Health Champion? Again, Nosara comes to the forefront.
"It is someone who is obsessed with all things healthy and loves sharing the message of health and wellness as I do during my shows," says Clauson. "Several years ago, on a search to improve the control I had over my type 1 diabetes, I became obsessed with health: yoga, raw foods, blending, juicing ... you name it, I tried it. That journey led me to Nosara and I have come down for a month or more for the past four years. The intense sunlight drastically improves my blood sugars, allowing me to take virtually no medication, and eat fruit which I don't consume any other time of the year."
Joining Clauson on stage will be local musician and comedian, Ben Tyson, who also appears on the advertisement, sans clothes. Tyson opted for a blender to cover the parts where the sun don't usually shine.
Cost is $8. The gate to the Enchanted Forest Gate opens at 7 p.m., with the show set to start one-hour later.
Beer, wine and, in keeping with the poster's motif, piña coladas will be sold on site.
Ian Walker was a long-time features and sports writer for The Vancouver Sun, who gave up his day job covering the National Hockey League to enjoy all Nosara has to offer. He's covered the Olympics, Stanley Cup finals, National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, X-Games and let's not forget the Canadian Canonball Championships, at which he finished third, by the way.
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