Events Calendar

Van Gogh Find Yourself #vgfy - #GetDrawnIn as Vincent returns from an 8 week UK tour.

Wednesday Sept 19th and Wed. Sept 26th 7:00 pm MAKE ART and drinks / 8:00 pm Show

VAN GOGH FIND YOURSELF – Get Drawn in. Audience members create art along with Vincent as he reveals his deepest secrets. DeForest blends storytelling, theater and live art creation in this intimate portrait of Vincent. You think you know the truth? Van Gogh Find Yourself please. #vgfy

see #VGFY as it returns from the largest arts fest on Earth in Edinburgh Scotland as well as hitting up London the Morecambe Fringe and The Vintage Festival.

Here is some of what I have done on this Summer 2019 Tour

* On Aug. 10th, to raise awareness for Mental Health and the charity Support In Mind Scotland, I broke the world record for Most portraits in 12 Hours.
* Edinburgh Review:
* My Facebook page:

AUDIENCE REVIEWS VGFY @ Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Ryan Harmuth
18 days ago
Fantastic show. 

A moving and heartfelt portrayal with a few lessons to be learned.

Julie Mercik
19 days ago
Outstanding!!! I loved this show so much!! DeForest is such a genuine Van Gogh that it felt as if I was in the presence of the artist himself. This piece is a beautiful portrait of a man whose name we all know, but whose life has much to teach us. Do not leave Edinburgh without seeing it!! #SupportArtistsWhileTheyAreAlive

Mira Al Qasimi
19 days ago
An amazing interactive performance where you truly feel the presence of Van Gogh and go through his emotional journey with him. This experience leaves you with a great message.

Paula Patterson
19 days ago
A very moving show. A relaxing hour spent with Vincent, sharing his life story in an intimate venue. You feel as though you have been transported to the era and are experiencing every high and low point of his life with him. A passionate and misunderstood man. An emotional and informative show. A definite must see.

Karina Ladvocat
21 days ago
A unique experience! It was as if Vincent was right there. Also it is a history class about Vincent’s story and who he was. A must see! Definitely one of the best we saw in the Fringe.

David Kingan
22 days ago
A moving show, cleverly written with historical facts, emotional depth and humour. Inspiring on an art level and on a personal, human level.

Benita dW
23 days ago
I had such a lovely time and made a picture to take home. Gentle, soothing storytelling and drawing. Like an art class taught by a close friend. If you’re feeling fringe fatigue and want to recharge, this is the show you want to be at.

J Thomas
24 days ago
The most relaxing thing I’ve seen so far at the fringe, and was a lovely break from the hectic performer lifestyle. Expect an engaging monologue, a delightful venue, and a delightful excuse to make some art. Thoroughly enjoyed, I cannot recommend this more!

John Carpenter
25 days ago
A very moving and uplifting show. A must see!

Enrique C.
27 days ago
Really moving! One of the most interesting shows that I saw this year. I will highly recommend it. The actor does a great job transmitting the feelings through the performance (very difficult job when there is no distance between us and him). Great history behind both, Van Gogh and him. 10 out of 10.

28 days ago
It is difficult to find peace and quiet during the hype and chaos of the Edinburgh Fringe. The city is bustling. Flyers are everywhere. But there is one show that brings you tranquility and keeps you centered. That show is the VanGogh Find Yourself. I heard about this show from word of mouth and went solo. What a treat is was! It was one of the highlights from the 40+ shows I had seen that year. It provides a chance to let your inner child out while you paint and listen to the story of VanGogh. I returned again this year to get my portrait done by the man himself along the mile. Such a treat! Go to this show!
30 days ago
Van Gogh (Walter), gave such a heartfelt, emotional and enthusiastic account of ‘his’ life through his stories, so much so that I felt transported in time and place along with him. Van Gogh’s story is told with passion and a vibrancy that helps us see how the artist took great pleasure in looking at the beauty in life. Great show and thoroughly recommend it.

30 days ago
This was the most moving piece of theatre I’ve seen this year. It was like we were really sitting with Van Gogh and hearing his story from his point of view. I didn’t realize how little I knew about him until I went to this show, and I have a university degree in Art History. When people talk about Van Gogh, it is almost always about the paintings – not the man. This is about him as a person, and it is a truly touching experience.

David Goss
33 days ago
Loved this show, a fringe highlight; excellent character immersion, a narrative and performance which engaged me in a range of emotions, all whilst learning about Vincent! I’d recommend for all ages, with some immersive colouring/drawing activities available for budding artists!

Elaine Seah
34 days ago
7th Aug’18 show 

An afternoon with Vincent was like dancing in the field, touching the colours, feeling his serenity in being alone and his pain in being misunderstood, and his love for Love. 

Thank you Walter for the sunflower.

Evan Anthony
34 days ago
I totally recommend this show. It is a very intimate voyage into another time. It is funny, insightful and with meaning. His creativity is wonderful.

Kayleigh Mcleish
37 days ago
This was an absolutely amazing performance, the intimate setting and non formal approach made it one of the most beautiful shows I have experienced. Walter showed so much passion and enthusiasm for his work and the story of Van Gogh, that I genuinely felt like I was talking to the artist himself! He truly made you feel what Vincent would have been feeling. Audience participation was encouraged, and really made the show more personal, I can not express how much I loved this show. I could have listened to him talk for hours about Vincent, his work and his family. Truly amazing and a genuine masterpiece. Thank you for the experience! I would definitely see the show again.

Abbie Fairclough
37 days ago
Can not recommend this show enough! A totally immersive experience for Van Gogh enthusiasts and innocent passerby’s alike. Van Gogh: Find Yourself will give you an original and deeply personal insight into Van Gogh’s life as well as taking you on an artistic and philosophical journey of your own. 10/5 stars!

45s - Dettmore & Pryor Salute to 45 Singles

Sept 21 - 7pm

Ryans Daughters presents “45s” a Joe Dettmore & Thomas Pryor Stoops to Nuts tribute to the seven-inch records that ruled our youth. The lone dollar in your pocket spent after painful consideration. Your 45 collection defined you. Each record was treasured. The show unfolds the curious ways this was true. Join Joe Dettmore & Thomas Pryor with special guest, Sean O’Neill for story and song on Friday, September 21st @ 7pm Ryans Daughter 350 East 85th Street.

Joe Dettmore has been the Creative Director of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and now with Trevor Noah for the past 13 years. Mr. Dettmore sold out Cornelia Street Café twice for his “Cat Stevens Songbook ” review and he’s a repeat performer with The Losers Lounge at Joe’s Pub. He also is a storyteller, writes, acts, and was a member of “Miracle Baby,” the first musical improv house team at The Magnet Theater. On the side, Joe paints and makes stunning stain glass windows.

Thomas Pryor’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and other periodicals. His memoir, “I Hate the Dallas Cowboys – tales of a scrappy New York boyhood,” was published in 2014 (YBK). Pryor’s blog: “Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts,” was chosen by The NY Times for their Blog Roll in 2008. Thomas appeared on PBS’s “Baseball: A NY Love Story,” NBC’s “New York Nonstop,” “This American Life,” & “Impractical Jokers.” His newspaper column ran in Our Town & The West Side Spirit. For five years, Thomas curated “City Stories: Stoops to Nuts,” at Cornelia Street Cafe that Time Out, The NY Daily News and CBS News praised. His photography portfolio, “River to River – New York Scenes From a Bicycle,” was published in 2012 (YBK). Cornelia St Cafe hosted an exhibition of his work. NBC TV, NY Press and NY 1 TV highly recommended the exhibit and portfolio. Pryor’s passion is preserving the history of Yorkville through storytelling, writing and photography. His play about the neighborhood, “City Boy,” is coming back.

special guest, Sean O’Neill

Always indebted to Ryan’s Daughter for letting us play in their yard. Thank you, Jim, Mick & Walter.

Rosy's Father. A Comedy Show

Friday September 28 Doors at 8:30 and the Show at 9pm

Rosy’s Father is a monthly comedy show brought to you by your favorite pint slingers at the beloved Upper East Side local, Ryan’s Daughter. Each month some of the greatest comedians New York has to offer pile into the cozy upstairs theatre for some very good craic (like fun in Irish NOT the drug you crazy kids!)
Hosted by Maggie Crane and the pint glass glued to her hand!!

The leaves are turning, everything smells like new number two pencils, and you just cracked open a fresh ass composition book baby! Come on down to Ryan’s Daughter for the September edition of ROSY’S FATHER!! You need a new place to wear your back to school denim overalls, we need your butts in seats, and we all need an excuse to get as trashed as literally all of your teachers were every single day of your education. This month we have……

Gara Lonning
Usama Siddiquee
Kyle Gordon
Blair Dawson
Andrés Govea

and more to come!

Doors at 8:30. showtime 9pm
$10, includes a free drink!
Ryan’s Daughter Upstairs, 350 E 85th St.

Every month Maggie Crane hosts some of the best comics New York City has to offer, with an emphasis on storytelling and the weirder side of standup. Hell Yeah!

Rosy’s Father FB Event

Desperately Seeking the Exit All-Star Reading

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM $20.00

In 2007, Peter Michael Marino wrote the musical version of the Madonna movie Desperately Seeking Susan featuring the hit songs of Blondie. The mega-musical opened on London’s West End…and closed a month later. WHOOPS! Desperately Seeking the Exit is Pete’s critically acclaimed true story of the making and unmaking of his notorious flop that played everywhere from the USA to the UK to Australia. At this special reading, the show gets a new twist as his roller coaster tale is joined by the talents of:

Chanteuse & Impressionist Christina Bianco

Time Out NY theater critic Adam Feldman

Broadway & Solo Star Alison Fraser

Noted storyteller David Lawson

…and more to be announced soon.

Full bar. Two drinks suggested. Ryan’s Daughter is two blocks from the Q train at 86th Street, a few blocks from 4,5,6 at 86th…or Lyft and Uber!

“A merciless sendup of the business of art.” – NYTimes

“Hilarious!” – TimeOut London

“Brilliant! Hilarious!” – Three Weeks, Scotland

“A remarkably positive story.” – BroadwayBaby UK

“Tremendously engaging!” – BroadwayWorld UK

(photo credit David Rodgers)

Tickets May 19 Desperately Seeking The Exit



Join Melissa and friends in the Upstairs bar for our weekly Trivia Night. Each week features new themes and every week the $50 bar tab is up for grabs!

NYCFC Watch Parties

As an official Pub Partner, Ryan’s Daughter supports “Our Boys in Blue” – New York City Football Club – with away game watch-parties and post home-match celebrations. Every away match, join us upstairs for a great atmosphere as we cheer on the Club in their second season. Post-match celebrations take place after every home game, so take the train back to us from the Stadium and join members of the organization for drink specials. Who knows, you may even raise a pint with a couple players.

Pub Theatre Events


Plays written for and performed in a pub, specifically in our private bar on the second floor. Throughout the year you will want to come to experience theater in this unique setting and imbibe while you watch the works of a wide range of artists. At the end of every summer, our support of this art culminates in the presentation of our “Ryan’s Daughter Appreciation Award,” a cash prize given to a worthy participant in Origin’s annual “1st Irish Theatre Festival.” This festival is dedicated to works by artists from Ireland and Ryan’s Daughter has been a proud sponsor since its inception.