‘Australian comedian Fiona O’Loughlin admits she performed drunk for almost ten years until 2009, when she collapsed on stage in Brisbane in front of 600 people, having drunk “enough to kill a truck driver”. She has now been through rehab and is tee-total. Her comeback show is Spirited (Tales from an Angel in a Bottle), an honest account of her long “journey to self-destruction”.
Anecdotes about things she did when under the influence are natural comedy material: saying “f***” in front of the Queen; streaking naked across Mark Watson’s show in Melbourne. Not only is the material a gift, she uses it well, not omitting the dark side: hangovers from hell and agoraphobia.
In the second half of the show, she starts to leave the drinking material behind, drawing on stories from her extended family in Alice Springs, and American TV shows (she does an accomplished impersonation of Oprah’s interview with Maria Shriver). The ending (which I won’t spoil) shows that she’s clever as well as honest in her approach to performing, and it bodes well for the future in this new phase of her career.’
Susan Mansfield 20/8/11
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