The Crack Up Sisters bring humour (and house) to Mount Isa Fringe Festival

The Crack Up Sisters from Winton bring their special brand of larrikin slapstick humour to Mount Isa Fringe Festival this weekend. Photo: supplied

The Crack Up Sisters from Winton bring their special brand of larrikin slapstick humour to Mount Isa Fringe Festival this weekend. Photo: supplied

The Outback’s favourite cowgirl comedy duo, The Crackup Sisters, are cracking the whip to get to Mount Isa Fringe Festival this weekend.

FUNNY SISTERS: The Crack Up Sisters; S.T. Ruth and Twiggie, are excited to perform in Mount Isa for the first time in five years. Photo: supplied

FUNNY SISTERS: The Crack Up Sisters; S.T. Ruth and Twiggie, are excited to perform in Mount Isa for the first time in five years. Photo: supplied

S.T Ruth and little sister Twiggs will bring their brand of country comedy, slapstick acrobatics, and fringe festival antics to Buchanan Park Events Centre on Friday and Saturday, September 15 – 16. 

Based in Winton and touring together for the past eight years, the sisters said it feels great to be doing a Fringe Festival in the Outback.

“The outback should absolutely have fringe festivals. Outback audiences are incredibly receptive, great listeners, and full of fun,” S.T Ruth said.

The sisters have toured Australia and internationally at festivals and rodeos, creating laughter and shenanigans in their wake.

“We have performed at Las Vegas National Finals Rodeo – not as good as Australian rodeo but still pretty damn good.”

Overseas audiences are not as sharp as Australian audiences, S.T Ruth said.

“Obviously Australian country humour is very specific, it has a certain brand of larrikin.

"U.S. audiences are very conservative, they have a different style of humour but we are incredibly well supported there. We are actually the only female rodeo clowns in the professional rodeo association.”

The Crackup Sisters have hosted the Ekka Main Arena and have performed at agricultural shows in every state of Australia including the Perth, Darwin, Toowoomba, Bathurst and Brisbane Royals. They've performed at the Birdsville Pub, in Fred Brophy's Boxing Tent and even at an 80th birthday party.

This will be their first trip back to Mount Isa in five years, having performed at the Mount Isa Rodeo in 2012.

Joining them on the five hour trip this week is everything including the kitchen sink – literally.

"We’re bringing our house and setting up camp in Buchanan Park with our eight metre windmill and dunny,” S.T Ruth said.

Have the sisters thought about downsizing, we venture to ask?​

“Hell no! We’ve upsized, we’ve got the whole house now.

“Mount Isa and the Australian people deserve more props, more costumes, and more shows,” S.T Ruth.

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