- 13 Jun 18
The comedy writer talks about how growing up Jewish in Ireland shaped her comedic outlook and the influence of her politician father, Alan.
Therefore, it's not surprising that Kelly was somewhat envious when her father, Alan Shatter - the former Minister for Justice under Enda Kenny's regime - beat her to the punch last November by appearing in the main Hot Press Interview slot. It was a no-holds-barred interview that generated acres of media coverage at the time, which has often been the case with many a political interview published right throughout our magazine's 41 year history.
Kelly, who prefers to describe herself as a writer "so it takes the pressure off having to be funny", says that her father is light years removed in person from the serious persona we're accustomed to seeing of him on telly. This is something I can attest to as, ever since I interviewed him for Hot Press, Alan Shatter regularly sends me jokes and memes on WhatsApp.
Kelly nods. "Yes, dad is a funny guy for sure. Him and mum are like a comedy duo. They've been married for so long that when they have little fights, it's like watching someone have an argument with themselves!" she proffers. "His book, Life Is A Funny Business, is really funny in parts too. Often, when I go to visit mum and dad, something will happen that'll have us all crying with laughter. I consider that to be pretty special. There's nothing better then crying with laughter."