Kitty Flana­gan re­turns

She’s one of Aus­tralia’s fun­ni­est women and she’s com­ing to Lis­more

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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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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