Com­edy capers with Kitty Flana­gan

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FTER years slog­ging it out on the road, Kitty Flana­gan has fi­nally worked out the for­mula for fuss-free and fun tour­ing – make a hol­i­day of it.

‘‘Be­cause my sis­ter (singer-song­writer Penny Flana­gan) is in my show and she has three kids, we have a very re­laxed tour­ing sched­ule where we go away once ev­ery cou­ple of weeks for three days and then come back,’’ she says.

Bet­ter yet, her tour man­ager is Flana­gan’s old Full Frontal com­edy chum Glenn Butcher.

‘‘It’s the per­fect crime now – my sis­ter and my best friend,’’ she laughs.

Af­ter al­most a decade based in the UK, Flana­gan came home for good a few years ago to tour her show Charm­ing And Alarm­ing.

Now she’s back with Hello Kitty Flana­gan, writ­ten from scratch – for Flana­gan, a whole new ap­proach to writ­ing.

‘‘I had to scrap the lot and I’ve never had to do that be­fore,’’ she says.

‘‘My shows have al­ways evolved be­cause I was a club comic in Eng­land and do­ing the cir­cuit, five min­utes gets deleted as you add an­other five min­utes.

‘‘This time around I’d toured the show for two years and put out a DVD. So it was like: ‘That’s it lady, you’ve got to scrap that hour 20 and come up with a new one’,’’ she says.

Her man­age­ment was happy to set Flana­gan some chal­lenges, book­ing her into the Mel­bourne Fringe last year as well as runs in small rooms in Sydney and Canberra, invit­ing fans to watch her work in progress.

‘‘When you per­form in front of 60 peo­ple you find out pretty quickly what’s funny and what’s not, be­cause you can see it on their faces,’’ she says.

‘‘It made me feel sick, but I’ve re­ally en­joyed it. I now feel like there’s hope that I could do this again; that I could come up with an­other show. Now I know there’s a process you can go through in or­der to do so.’’

And it’s not just about con­quest of process. Thanks to her Tues­day night ap­pear­ances on Chan­nel 10’s The Project, Flana­gan has been ex­tend­ing her au­di­ence to a new gen­er­a­tion.

‘‘I like the fact that it makes me ap­peal to the kids,’’ she says. ‘‘I have re­ally taken that on board and so I get a lot of peo­ple say­ing: ‘hey, my kids love you’. That’s a real buzz, I love the idea that lit­tle kids are find­ing me funny, whether they do or not,’’ she muses.

Hello Kitty Flana­gan will fo­cus on more adult fare and while large chunks of Charm­ing And Alarm­ing cov­ered a non-par­ent’s observations of par­ent­ing young chil­dren, her friends’ kids are grow­ing up.

‘‘So now I’m talk­ing about how to par­ent teenagers,’’ she laughs.

Kitty Flana­gan plays The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast on Septem­ber 21.

Kitty Flana­gan

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