Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Comedy No Joke for Flanagan

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Comedy No Joke for Flanagan

Article excerpt

SYDNEY: Kitty Flanagan isn't fazed by hecklers at her stand-up shows because she's dealt with worse: teenage girls.

"The things that drunken hecklers have yelled out at me is nothing on how a teenage girl can whither you with one of her looks when you tell her to go and put a PE uniform on," the former PE teacher says.

Flanagan, known nationwide for her weekly gig on the Network Ten show The 7pm Project, says being sacked from advertising pushed her towards comedy, and that teaching toughened her up for nasty crowds.

But it was years of atraininga in overseas comedy clubs that made her a success, she says.

Flanagan got her first break on the 1990s sketch series Full Frontal, before spending eight years on the UK comedy club circuit building up a following - and a routine.

"When I did Full Frontal I'd only been doing stand-up for six months, so if anyone who'd ever seen me on the telly came to see me do a show, I had five minutes of material," Flanagan says.

"It was like 'Gee, good show Flanagan a[pounds sterling] five minutes. Solid. We'll see you in 10 years when you've got the rest of it'.a

Now, after eight years in England and her weekly appearance on prime time show The 7pm Project, Flanagan has a little more to offer her fans.

She says it's changed her life.

People actually come to her gigs now.

"It's been the first time we've been selling tickets to shows, so we're beside ourselves," Flanagan laughs.

"I've done this stuff for years and no-one ever came. …

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