Comedy duo bring lore of jungle to stage

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The Broome Civic Centre is set to have its roof blown off as the town gets ready to be left in stitches.

Australian comedy legends Fiona O’Loughlin and Peter Rowsthorn will be taking their jungle adventures to Broome on Thursday, February 7, for their upcoming show, Ron and Brenda Go Country.

Fiona O’Loughlin told the Broome Advertiser the inspiration for the show was the alter egos she and Peter created during their stint on Channel 10 show I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!

“When we started doing Ron and Brenda in the jungle, it was just to amuse ourselves and have fun,” she said.

“We had no idea it was something people were even seeing on television and we had no idea that something would come out of Ron and Brenda.

“When we got out, we found out people had really taken to the characters, which was really surprising to us.

“It’s mind-blowing that we’re now travelling around the country when I didn’t know anything about Ron and Brenda myself.”

O’Loughlin said the show would involve stand-up from both her and Rowsthorn before the pair came together to “really spill the beans” on what went on in the jungle.

“Interestingly enough, Peter and I talk to each other as Ron and Brenda most of the time on the road and then when we’re on stage we become Peter and Fiona again,” she said.

“All will be revealed, but it will be a lot of fun.”

O’Loughlin said before I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! she had only interacted with Rowsthorn backstage at comedy shows, despite knowing each other for 20 years.

“Honestly, if I didn’t have him in the jungle with me, I don’t think I would have won,” she said.

O’Loughlin said she was very excited to come to Broome.

“I used to do the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow but we could never perform in Broome because there was no venue,” she said.

“It’s such a beautiful place, though. I’d live there myself but I’m scared of tsunamis.

Tickets for Ron and Brenda Go Country are available from the Broome Civic Centre website.

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