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Seriously? Kit gets personal

Kitty Flanagan is bringing her show Seriously? to the region. Photo: Contributed
Kitty Flanagan is bringing her show Seriously? to the region. Photo: Contributed

KITTY Flanagan's newest show, Seriously?, will see her go where she's never been before - opening up and talking about her feelings.

Seriously? No. This is stand-up comedy; there's no room for naval gazing, just funny stories, stupid voices and hard laughs - but she does get more personal than ever before, Flanagan admits.

"This show is a little more personal than my previous shows," she said.

"I talk about a few odd relationships I've had.

"I've made some 'interesting' choices.

"I dated a gravedigger for a while. I dated a cop for 18 months."

"By the way, my sister reckons the show is worth seeing, just for my cop impression alone.

"I also focussed on voices this time around 'cos I love doing voices and characters.

"And I give you a lot of advice you probably neither want or need."

You also get Flanagan's fabulous musical sister, Penny, joining on stage to belt out a new comedy anthem or two.

Flanagan said she loves the instant reaction from the audience that comes with stand-up comedy.

"There's nothing like performing in front of a live crowd to find out what's funny and what's not funny," she laughed.

"In fact, it's a bit of an ordeal, testing out a new show, like I have been doing for Seriously? "It's basically weeks of testing a show with a whiteboard on stage.

"If the audience laughed, we kept it, if they didn't, we scrapped it.

"When I had to go out with all new material, and form up a whole new show, that's probably the most sickening feeling you ever have - walking out on stage with nothing tried and tested."

After her years in the business and through testing material, Flanagan has found that what audiences generally find the funniest are things they can relate to.

"I think it's funny, finding that people also get annoyed by the same things as you," she said.

"You can genuinely affect people and find things that make people angry, make people happy. Find things that they can relate to.

"My favourite kind of response is when people come up after the show and say, 'I think that too!' - that's great, that's always really rewarding.

"It's like 'Ok, I'm hitting the mark here."

Flanagan said comedy generally tends to bring out emotions, specifically anger, in people.

"That's what I find funny - comedy really affects people," she said.

"Everyone watches comedy and has an opinion. You're trying so hard to bring joy to people, and sometimes you can make people really angry.

"I don't think people hate actors and actresses as much as they hate comedians.

"But you can't beat working in comedy - it's a lot of fun, I wouldn't trade it for the world."

A taster show of Seriously? will come to Byron Bay Community Centre, Byron Bay on September 4 and 5. Seriously? will come to Lismore City Hall, Lismore on September 28.

For tickets, visit byroncentre.com.au or lismorecityhall.com.au

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