Top of her Craft
Life’s full of giggles for Shelley Craft, writes Erin McWhirter
SAustralia’s Funniest Home Videos, G Channel 9, Saturday, 6.30pm Amateur hour Duration: 1 hour HELLEY Craft’s parents could have made a fortune if they’d had a video camera when their daughter was growing up.
Craft was a skateboard ‘‘bandit’’ in her teens — and anyone who has watched Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show knows that bone-crunching skateboard accidents are a staple on the program.
The Channel 9 clip show recently chalked up 20 years on air. It first screened as Graham Kennedy’s Funniest Home Video Show and went on to have a string of hosts, including Jo-Beth Taylor, Kim Kilby and Toni Pearen, before Craft.
Since the show made its debut, amateur video makers have shared moments of incredibly stupid or dangerous family history — mishaps at barbecues, spills learning to ride a bicycle, uncomfortably close encounters with animals at the zoo, weddings gone wrong.
It looks set to continue as long as viewers enjoy laughing at the misfortunes of others.
‘‘Being an ex-adrenalin junkie, when I see someone screaming down the road on a skateboard, I’m like, ‘This is going to end in tears’,’’ Craft says.
‘‘I’m proud to say I haven’t lost skin off my own body for many years, but I always have a giggle when someone else does.
‘‘If you can’t laugh at yourself and have a bit of light relief with the show, then why bother?’’
There’s only one set of clips that Craft can’t stomach.
‘‘I’m always not-so-quietly re- volted by (clips of) kids vomiting,’’ she says. ‘‘I have to look away and close my eyes.’’
It’s been almost 14 months since the former The Great Outdoors host defected from Channel 7 to take up host duties on Funniest and Domestic Blitz. Her parents were in the audience for the first taping of Funniest.
‘‘I was always looking to them for support and I could see they were like, ‘Calm down, calm down, you’re a bit too excited’,’’ she recalls.
‘‘It (the show) has been a family favourite of ours over the years and Mum would say, ‘You would be great for that show’.
‘‘You can always count on your family to bring you back to earth. They are the only ones you can trust for an honest opinion.’’
Craft moved to Melbourne when she changed channels and now has the time to do all the things she missed when she was a travel reporter — dinners with friends, time with the family.
‘‘To have a bit more routine has been wonderful,’’ she says. ‘‘I just feel that little bit more settled.
‘‘To be able to spend a bit more time with my family and my two little fur kids (dogs) has been wonderful. I’m a lot stronger, healthier and fitter.’’
Settled: Shelley Craft is feeling strong, healthy and fit.