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Echuca-Moama Comedy Feast: Last chance for a night of laughter

By Riverine Herald

HE WHO laughs last, most often tends to laugh loudest.

Just as he (or her) who leaves it too late to book tickets to the second Echuca-Moama Comedy Feast will lament the loudest.

The countdown is, well, down to the last few days, with the show taking to the stage on Saturday.

Promoter Michael Anderson said only a handful of seats remained to see Fiona O’Loughlin, Daniel O’Connell and comedian and host Des Dowling turn it on at Moama Bowling Club at the weekend.

“I have been overwhelmed by the public response since the second annual show went on sale,” Michael said.

But that’s really no surprise. Michael’s first foray into the funnies was last year’s show at Rich River Golf Club – and that night brought the house down.

Making sure word spread fast and once Michael announced his second show the customers were lined up ready and waiting.

With Dowling running the action, and also back by popular demand, after he lit up the room with laughs in 2018.

A country boy, born and bred, Dowling started life as a journalist before – after years of self-doubt – launching himself as a fulltime comedian at the tender age of 31.

He hasn’t looked back, filling a variety of roles from comedian to scriptwriter (he will be working on the next series of Dancing With The Stars) – and is still based in the bush.

As well as bringing his own humour and some new material to the show, as MC he will also get the audience primed for Daniel Connell and Fiona O’Loughlin.

Connell is a rising star on the Australian comedy circuit and the black humour of O’Loughlin has made her a star for the past 20 years.

“Daniel Connell could easily be described as the ideal Aussie comedian; affable, loveable and hilarious,” Michael said.

Headlining the evening, Fiona O’Loughlin comes to the twin towns as one of the most in-demand comedians in this country.

“Fiona performs to packed houses in venues and festivals across the globe, starting with her success winning the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s best newcomer award in 2001,” Michael added.

“Fiona’s career has gone from strength to strength and she has taken her story-based comedy to the world – from the US and UK to repeat seasons in Hong Kong, performing at Edinburgh Fringe (the world’s largest arts festival) Montreal’s prestigious invitation only Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and the UK’s oldest, Leicester Comedy Festival,” he said.

“Most recently, the award-winning national documentary series Australian Story filmed an episode on Fiona, which rated more than 1.3 million viewers.

“In recent years Fiona has overcome a well-documented ‘battle with the bottle’. This, like the other aspects of her life, has become ‘material’ for her stand-up. And Fiona is even funnier sober.”

Echuca-Moama Comedy Feast will be at Moama Bowling Club from 8pm on December 7.

Tickets can be purchased online at emcf.com.au