If you don't know who Kitty Flanagan is, you must have just returned to civilization after a long period away. Well known and loved, she has been a favourite on The Project and The Weekly with Charlie Pickering and much in between.
Her fringe show this year is called Smashing (a word to cover all words) and talks of "sex, algorithms, chimps and clowns" (from her promo) and the rest - rugby league players, internet dating, Cirque du Soleil and Matt Damon were all covered.
And she is funny. Her timing is impeccable and her comedy is easy to relate to. She spoke of the current Festival of Roadworks (thanks to Clipsal races nearby), the local election and, in her words, "The best fringe festival in the world - RAdelaide!"). She even discussed she's considering giving up sex - 'no closing down sale' - because it's too much hard work these days.
Some comedians (comediennes) base their act on putting others down - Kitty is mostly self-deprecating, or if telling stories of others, talks about her family or anonymous figures from her past (exes mostly). There is something about her word play that reminds me of Kathy Lette (my new favourite phrase is "Mouth Mangling" - when you get words wrong), and something about her easy conversation with the audience that reminded me of seeing Billy Connelly live (when I wanted to join in the chat we were having, forgetting it wasn't so much personal as well performed).
I laughed almost the whole way through - except for the moment she paused for effect as she described why they thought it was the cleaner who was looking at porno on her mother's computer (had to stop and hold my breath and wait for the punchline somewhere!). I walked out holding my ribs from laughing, and if I have any complaints, it's that the time went to fast ... what can I say, she's one of my favourite performers!
She has only 6 shows left in Adelaide - and 3 are already sold out - don't miss out on the chance to see her at Royalty Theatre (but, given her topics, perhaps leave the kids home).
The show then moves to Melbourne for April, and is planned for Sydney in May this year (some topics may be updated depending upon what other dumb things our politicians or sports players do in the meantime).