Top of her Craft

Life’s full of gig­gles for Shel­ley Craft, writes Erin McWhirter

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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.

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