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Seriously, Kitty Flanagan?

Molly McLaughlin

In Kitty Flanagan’s new stand-up show, Seriously?, you’ll learn how to talk to a doctor properly, how to speak like an old person and lots about what it’s like to date a cop.

There’s also some funny music and a serious attempt to quantify one of life’s biggest mysteries such as: How much do old people love salt? “It’s a pretty personal show, but you’ll have fun and learn,” says Kitty, who is coming to Canberra for the Canberra Comedy Festival in March 2016.

“Like with any new show I started by getting a white board out and writing up ideas and then I did a try out show where I try out new material and funnily enough that was in Canberra. Now I’m coming back to Canberra with the finished product to see how it’s evolved,” she explains.

Kitty is finishing up a huge Australian tour, so she’s perfected the show for maximum hilarity.

“I toured regionally quite a bit which is always a good test, if you can do it in the country then you’re appealing to a broad demographic of Australians,” she says. “Stand up is a very immediate form of creativity, if you’ve thought of something funny you can get up that night and say it. It’s very satisfying. And you get immediate feedback.”

Kitty will also be singing some musical numbers with her sister Penny in Seriously?, despite maintaining that she completely lacks musical talent.

“I wanted to do something a little bit different than me just standing there with the microphone so I asked Penny, who is a musician, if she would come and do some music in the shows and we started coming up with songs together. I do some terrible singing and she does some very good singing and together it comes out as okay singing,” she says.

Kitty has become on of Australia’s favourite comedians, with a long and successful career both here and overseas. She has worked in TV as well as stand up, with a memorable regular spot on The Project.

“At the beginning of my career I would always worry about what is this sort of audience going to go for and I would try to tailor my set to what I thought the audience would like but I realised that that was a mistake. You’ve got to just say what you’re going to say and if the audience comes with you then they’re your people. That’s going to be a much better gig than trying to second guess what you think the audience wants to hear.”

Recently Kitty has enjoyed playing the role of Rhonda the communications manager on ABC’s Utopia, a satirical comedy about the fictional Nation Building Authority.

“Who wouldn’t want to play the pain in the arse? It’s the best role in the show. I get to say stuff I don’t even understand, I love it!”

Her focus now however is performing stand up shows and making people laugh all over the country with her unique take on everyday life.

“I’ll perform Seriously?, and then after this tour I’ll have to get out the whiteboard, start again and come back down to Canberra for a new try out show.”

the essentials

What: Kitty Flanagan – Seriously?
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Playhouse
When: Friday 18th and Saturday 19th March 2016 @ 7 pm
How Much: $46.90 full ticket, $44.90 concession
Web: canberracomedyfestival.com.au

Feature image courtesy of kittyflanagan.com


Molly McLaughlin

Molly McLaughlin was less than thrilled to move to Canberra a couple of years ago to study Arts and Economics at ANU, but she can confirm the city has grown on her since then. Along with writing for HerCanberra, she spends her time reading, eating noodles and planning her next adventure. More about the Author

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