IT’S SUCH A GIGGLE
Australian comedy favourite Kitty Flanagan talks career, The Project and baking before her Seriously? tour stops by the Gold Coast
SO, Kitty, how’s the Seriously? tour going so far? I say this every time, but I think I’m enjoying doing this show even more than the Hello Kitty show. How did you get into comedy and would you recommend it as a career choice? Long-term, it’s a great career choice. I’m having the time of my life ... now. But I’ve taken 20 years to get to this point. You need to be patient and hope you’ll eventually get a break. My lucky break was The Project. It really helped to lift my profile and let people know who I am and what I do. If you weren’t doing comedy, what would you be doing?
Sitting in a room crying. What’s the best advice you’ve received and from whom? My dad (John Flanagan). He’s been a freelance writer his whole life, working in advertising, TV, radio, but he always wanted to write books. At 60 years old, after years of having his manuscripts rejected, his ship finally came in. He’s now 70 and one of Australia’s best-selling authors. He’s my hero. We chuckled when we watched you on The Project on Channel 10 last year. Did you enjoy being part of the show? The people at The Project are fantastic. Not many comedians get a chance to get their head on the box every week and do two minutes of funny. The Project is the reason I can tour all around the country. Oh, and PS – Carrie Bickmore really is that nice ... and she’s dead funny, too. What do you like to do in your spare time? Any hobbies or interests you’d like to share? Baking. I love baking cakes. Flour, butter and sugar – my three favourite food groups. Tell us something we might not know about you. I’m currently studying to be a dog trainer as part of my role as ambassador for Delta Therapy Dogs (which visit hospitals and care homes). What are five things that you can’t live without? My dog. My cat. My cake tins. My sister. French fries. But not necessarily in that order. And lastly, tell us a neverfail joke that we can use. Man walks into a doctor’s office and says, “Doctor, I’ve got a steering wheel down my pants. It’s driving me nuts!”
Kitty Flanagan says it’s taken her 20 years to get where she is now, but it’s all been worth it.