An Evening with Fiona O’Loughlin
The May Wirth, Gluttony
Review by Sarah List
Fiona O’Loughlin has had one hell of a tumultuous life. She’s always been one to wear her heart on her sleeve, and has never shied away from the fact that her life is the fertile ground from which her comedy sprung forth. Her fame grew to new levels when she won ‘I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here’ in 2018, as fans responded with warmth to her rawness and realness. It seems like she’s at the top of her career. So what happens when O’Loughlin finds herself sober and in ‘a good place’ as she self describes? Well, she declares it’s time to make this her last Adelaide Fringe Festival – but she’s not going anywhere before she’s shared a few gold anecdotes and ticked off a few bucket list items.
Joined by Mickey D, this is part stand-up, part sit-down, and even the occasional lie-down, depending on how hungover she was in the story that she’s recalling. Whether they are recalling the battles of bus rides from Alice Springs to gigs in Melbourne, dying metaphorically on stage or television, or disrupting other comedians shows with a nudie run while absolutely smashed – O’laughlin has lived a remarkable and funny life.
Having chosen to not do a preview, this was the first night of O’Loughlin’s show and as expected there were a few spots where things didn’t quite flow as you’d expect. However, the raw material is hysterical and there’s genuinely some great moments to laugh at (for the the audience, O’Lauglin, and Mickey D)
O’Louglin is doing as she always have – making decisions that are best for her, and going out on her terms. The audiences will miss her – but there’s always the nudie run videos on YouTube to peruse whenever we miss her.