Edinburgh Fringe 2011: Fiona O'Loughlin
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4/5Having arrived in Edinburgh on Monday evening with no plans until the following afternoon, our group of three made our way to the underbelly to see what tickets we could get for shows that evening. We had been bombarded with flyers for every type of act you could dream of so went into the box office and decided that ‘this Aussie bird looked ok, because she’d won a few awards and that’. Ignoring my friend’s argument of ‘A female comedian, really?’ we took our seats in the intimate Gilded Balloon Teviot and waited for our show to begin. What followed was a well-thought out and incredibly funny show which was littered with amusing anecdotes and told the uplifting and hilarious story of O’Loughlin’s descent into alcoholism and subsequent climb out. A warm Australian accent adds charm to each of O’Loughlin’s gags and by letting the audience into the secret of Oprah’s success, laughter is aplenty. A surprise ending ensures the audience leave on a high. Name drops like Mark Watson and Prince Phillip O’loughlin blend the almost unbelievable with the everyday trials and tribulations of being a Mother and coming from a massive Irish Catholic family. This is a show I would recommend in a heartbeat if you’re in the area and looking for comedy at the fringe.
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