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'So You're a Stripper?': Beau Ryan's Bizarre US Border Interrogation

Beau knows how to conduct himself with US border officials.

But it took him a while to learn the lesson.

The popular TV and radio personality, and former NRL winger, travels to America up to a dozen times a year for various pursuits. But what exactly does he say his occupation is in the immigration documents?

Ahead of this week's first instalment of 'Sunday Night Takeaway' on Network 10 -- in which Beau has a starring role alongside Julia Morris and Dr Chris Brown -- we put that question to him.

His answer? It was pure Beau Ryan.

"I don't know if you've been to America lately, but they think everyone's a terrorist, especially if you're like me and you're [only] flying in for 12 hours," he told 10 daily.

"I used to write 'comedian' but my stuff wasn't that good so I took that off.

"I had 'entertainer' but then I was questioned about being a stripper. So I went from that to writing 'presenter', but I'm not really presenting anything. So now I just write 'TV'."

Wait a second, let's wind it back there, Beau. YOU WERE QUESTIONED ABOUT BEING A STRIPPER?

"Yeah, the guy said to me, 'What's an entertainer mean?' and I said 'oh, like an adult entertainer'."

Uh, you could have phrased that better, Beau.

"I didn't phrase that well. He said 'What, like a stripper?' and I laughed."

Bad move, Beau. Never laugh at a border crossing, everyone knows that.

"You know how border people are missing the chromosome of comedy and they don't get jokes? Their face doesn't change at all. I was actually in San Fran for about eight hours getting interrogated."

We sure do. Not pleasant.

"But now I've learned my lesson. I just write 'television' and then I tell them I've got an interview or I've got to shoot some content.

"It'll be good when this show launches because I'll just be able to drop Chris Brown's name!"

Ha!

Image: Nigel Wright.

It's been almost 10 years since Beau developed his schtick as a fearless reporter-at-large with the NRL 'Footy Show', always as willing to humiliate himself as the people he accosted in the street.

That's what made him so likeable in his "Beau Knows" segments. You laughed AT him as well as WITH him. He knew that, we all knew that. Good times.

We'll be seeing something similar in many of his segments for 'Sunday Night Takeaway'. The difference is that this time, his interview subjects will have cash as an incentive.

"This show's going to be great," he said.

"A lot of people don't want to talk but then you wave a bit of cash and money talks and suddenly you've got ourselves a segment.

"It's more enjoyable in my opinion because we get to give away money and we get to see people from all walks of life, of all ages, from all over the country."

At times in his past, Beau has crossed the boundary of what people call good taste. He has no plans to get into trouble again. But he does plan to keep pushing the boundaries.

"Comedy's very hard, especially trying to be funny and not offend anyone. And that's my role on the show, it's all about pushing boundaries," he said.

"The live show is I think where we're going to get our gold nuggets. It's going to be the new show for the family. Sit down on a Sunday night before a big week at work, and let the laughs roll in."

Sunday Night Takeaway kicks off 7.30 Sunday on 10 and 10 play.

Contact the author: asharwood@networkten.com.au