Kitty Flanagan returns
She’s one of Australia’s funniest women and she’s coming to Lismore
Kitty Flanagan has described her child self as a tiny, stick-like child with very large front teeth and fuzzy hair. Fortunately she grew into, again in her own words, a grown woman with very large front teeth and fuzzy hair.
Kitty is one of Australia’s best known comedians. Before that she was one of Australia’s least known waitresses at Pizza Hut.
Kitty is a writer and performer and can be seen as herself on The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (ABC) and not as herself in the Working Dog series Utopia (ABC).
Previously she appeared in her own segment on The Project every Tuesday night. She also shows up regularly on the comedy news quiz program, Have You Been Paying Attention?
Kitty has performed on stages all over the world and now tours Australia relentlessly.
Born in Manly, Sydney, Kitty is also a writer and actor.
Kitty believes the best part about comedy in Australia is the regional touring.
“I just love it. I get to see every corner of the country and work in some of the best venues around,” she says.
Her show, Smashing, features love songs, sex, algorithms, chimps, clowns and psychics and she says everything is getting “smashed”.
“It’s fun and learning,” she says. Leave the kids at home unless you fancy them getting a real Flanagan-style education.
When it comes to love concerns, attention needs to be placed on middle-aged women who wear cardigans, according to Kitty, who also labels herself in that category.
“It seems as though everyone thinks I’m some childless, hating spinster,” she says.
“I am childless and unmarried. Although I prefer to say, I am a barren spinster because I think it sounds funny. And I’d rather laugh about it than be the object of people’s pity. It’s not a pitiful state. Honestly. The world needs a few barren spinsters for balance.”
Although a self-proclaimed childless spinster, Kitty admits parenting is exhausting to do and, especially, to watch.
“My own mother clearly knew how tiring motherhood was which is why she never wasted an hour of her precious time explaining the benefits of modern medicine to a three-year-old,” she says.
“Which is why when she said no, she meant no. Not, oh hang on, why don’t we debate the issue for half an hour.”
But being childless does not mean Kitty isn’t leading a fulfilling life.
She lives in Sydney with her dog Henry, her cat Sarge and a lovely magnolia tree called Mary. Kitty hopes to one day
“develop some skills, get an education and find a real job”.
While we are looking forward to her new show, it is safe to say her trademark style of humour will have us all shrieking with laughter.