Ryan Matthew Cohn Interview
ODDITIES Saturdays at 10 PM EST on Science Channel
Photo credits: Sergio Royzen and Sara Gage
Interview by Lena Lamoray
June 5, 2011
ODDITIES Press Release from the Science Channel: Where can you go when you’re in dire need of a used straight jacket? What if you just have to have a two-headed cat or a book bound with human flesh to make your living room complete? There’s only one emporium sublimely weird enough to carry these bizarre items and countless more – Obscura Antiques and Oddities in New York’s East Village. Science Channel’s breakout series, ODDITIES, follows Obscura’s proprietors, Mike and Evan, as well as an assortment of hilariously-unique patrons who are even more outlandish than the merchandise. Obscura is renowned for having some of the rarest and most-eccentric antique pieces found anywhere – from circus sideshow props, to shocking natural anomalies, to oddball items dabbling in the occult. Aficionados of the unusual from throughout the U.S. and beyond know that Obscura is the only place to purchase their next treasure – or sell their own abnormal assets. Mike, Evan and consultant Ryan serve as the ringmasters for this one-of-a-kind experience that’s part swap meet and part cult rally. ODDITIES- Love Stones- SEASON FINALE- JUNE 11, 2011 10pm ET/PT only on SCIENCE CHANNEL While on the hunt for items for Obscura Antiques and Oddities Mike locates an old plasticized part of the human anatomy but finds it to be more of an eye popping experience than he had originally planned on. Then, Mike’s wife Kris recruits Evan and Ryan to find the perfect birthday gift for Mike. When they return from an exhaustive hunt with a disturbingly grotesque medical specimen his wife presents it to him in a way only Mike can truly appreciate. Later, Actress Chloe Sevigny wanders in and finds a lewd old time gag that she gets a rise out of.
I spoke with the incredibly brilliant and handsome RYAN MATTHEW COHN about ODDITIES on the Science Channel, articulating skeletons, his store AGAINST NATURE, clowns, fashion, jewelry, films and so much more. Ryan is a remarkable individual and I don’t think that I have ever encountered anyone as fascinating as him. I could listen to him talk about articulating skeletons all day long and not get bored. He has a special way of conveying complicated material in a manner that keeps it interesting and enjoyable. He would make an exceptional teacher. I really enjoyed speaking with him and he is an eccentric charming gentleman as well, so that is a plus. You really need to check out his websites that I have listed at the top of the page. Ryan does so many things that I’m sure you can find something that strikes your fancy between his gorgeous accessories, osteological business, clothing shops and so many other outlets. I am so happy that I was watching CONAN when Evan and Mike were on discussing ODDITIES and their shop, Obscura. I found the show on the Science Channel and luckily they were running a marathon so I was able to catch up and now it is one of my favorite shows. My weekend of being a couch potato turned me on to a new show and Ryan turned out to be one of my favorite interview specimens. Don’t miss the season finale of ODDITIES, June 11th at 10 PM EST only on Science Channel. Actress Chloe Sevigny (American Psycho) will be stopping by the shop.
Read the interview: http://lenalamoray.com/INTERVIEW-Ryan-Matthew-Cohn-oddities-2011.html