Gluttony’s Peacock, Thu Mar 12
Seasoned Aussie comic Fiona O’Loughlin started chatting as soon as she hit the stage and did not stop for 55 minutes. She begins with a few anecdotes about life growing up in Warooka that would hit the funny bone of anyone who has spent time in a small country town, before moving into boarding school territory, lamenting how NOT like her Enid Blyton novels it actually was. These stories of schoolyard bullies and best friendships were hilarious, the crowd clearly enjoying themselves immensely.
O’Loughlin moves on to her family, and the highs and lows of five children, a husband and assorted friends and neighbours in Alice Springs. Again, she milks the fun out of everyday situations and you can’t help but wish she was in your kitchen sharing this stuff over a cuppa.
Her stories of attempts to engage with Alice Springs’ indigenous inhabitants were a delight, delivered with wit and sensitivity – highlighting the ridiculous racism faced by many in these remote locations.
There was a lot of love for O’Loughlin in the crowd – people obviously wanted her to be funny and she did not disappoint. Her humour can be pretty blunt but she is able to poke fun at herself beautifully – Fiona O’Loughlin’s current show definitely hits the right spot with her audience.
Rosie van Heerde
Fiona O’Loughlinin… My Brilliant Career! continues at Gluttony’s Peacock at 8pm until Sun Mar 15.
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