WHEN Kitty Flanagan was younger, there were no reality shows about wannabe comedians trying to make it big.
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"Had there been a reality show, I may have thought that way."
Becoming a comedian was never a field that Flanagan expected to succeed in.
It wasn't until she got fired from her job in advertising that she found herself in front of a microphone cracking a few jokes which, to her surprise, went down rather well.
"I was working in a bar and they had an open mic night and I thought I'd give it a go," she said. "I just wanted to do it once. My idea was that if I did it once, I could get it out of my system.
"I could prove to myself that I couldn't do it, then sit down, shut up and get a real job."
But that didn't go to plan and since then, Flanagan has found herself entertaining audiences as a comedian worldwide.
After her job on Australian sketch show
For Flanagan, the secret to her success is simple: be judgemental.
"You have to watch people all the time," she said.
"I can't switch off the voice in my head which judges."
Now, Flanagan will be bringing her judgemental observations to Ballarat as part of her new show Hello Kitty Flanagan.
During the show, she will answer life's most difficult questions including: What's wrong with teenagers? Why are babies so angry? What makes ham so delicious? Which religion is best for me? And of course, are all women who own cats mental?
The evening will also deliver the funny stories, physical comedy and entertaining songs that make Flanagan's shows as successful as they are.
And for all those budding comedians out there with no reality show to adhere to, Flanagan's advice is simple.
"Be funny. It's a gem of advice but that really is the golden rule. Be funny or get off."