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Fiona O'Loughlin - Melbourne International Comedy Festival

David Wickes

The show Her Greatest Hits was determined by the audience who, at the request of O’Loughlin, shouted out their favourite stories for her to reprise. Her laughter while writing these topics down was a preview of the hilarity the night would hold.
Fiona O'Loughlin - Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Fiona O'Loughlin - Her Greatest Hits Fiona O’Loughlin performed to a sold-out Supper Room in the marvellous Melbourne Town Hall, and it’s not hard to see why. The show Her Greatest Hits was determined by the audience who, at the request of O’Loughlin, shouted out their favourite stories for her to reprise. Her laughter while writing these topics down was a preview of the hilarity the night would hold. Our performance began with an impromptu background to her greatly extended Catholic family. Mother, father, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles – nobody was safe. But this was far from family bashing - more like the telling of intimate family stories that the crowd can relate to. The rest of the performance as chosen by the audience would consist of The Chemist (the issues of trying to find what to wear when invited to dinner by high society), The Valiant Station Wagon (sibling rivalry whilst travelling through the barren wilderness, jam-packed into the family station wagon), Uncle Euge (his last rites) and Netball (O’Loughlin really hates netball). Between involuntary fits of laughter, I found myself recalling moments of my life and childhood (we too had a Valiant and trekked ridiculous distances on family holidays) and nodding in agreement as she steamed on through her performance. The number of people in the crowd also nodding their heads in acknowledgement between spasms of laughter is testament to O’Loughlin’s great storytelling talent and the bond she builds with the audience. O’Loughlin, a wife and mother of 5 based in Australia’s red centre of Alice Springs is a seasoned performer of 10 years, and has been sharing her unique talents all over the world, including the invite-only Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival and the Leicester Comedy Festival (both in the UK), Adelaide’s Fringe and our own Melbourne International Comedy Festival, plus numerous appearances on Australian network television, which have clearly made her a crowd favourite and household name. A fun, fast, jam-packed hour show that is definitely a hit of the Comedy Festival. Fiona O'Loughlin is at the Melbourne Town Hall's Supper Room until 26 April, Tue-Sat 7.15pm, Sun 6.15pm (no show 14 & 15). Listings info.

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David Wickes is a Melbourne based ArtsHub reviewer who has been working in the online digital field for the past four years.

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