“I lost my home, my job, almost all my possessions, some family members and a couple of dear friends in this pandemic. Also a pretty good vacuum cleaner but it’s obviously not at the top of the list.”
WHO: Laura Davis
WHAT: “Most Outstanding Show nominee at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2022. Laura Davis is internationally acclaimed as one of the strongest, most distinctive comedy voices around. Bold, hilarious and razor sharp, Davis delivers extraordinary stand-up that subverts expectation at every turn.”
WHERE: Monkey Barrel Comedy (Carnivore) – Carnivore 1 (Venue 180)
WHEN: 16:00 (60 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
This isn’t my first festival and I’ve never been to a rodeo. I’ve been doing these kinds of month long festivals for about 15 years. What makes a good one is two things for me. 1. a genuine sense that you made the best piece of work you possibly could and got to share it. 2. spending a month with a shuffled roulette of old and new friends, eating baked potatoes, laughing about anything and griping about all the problems we chose for ourselves.
What are the big things you’ve learned since 2019 and have you absorbed any of the lessons yet?
I lost my home, my job, almost all my possessions, some family members and a couple of dear friends in this pandemic. Also a pretty good vacuum cleaner but it’s obviously not at the top of the list. Two and a half years later I still don’t have a home to go to and I’m trying to restabilise and gain back some ground.
I think I learned what’s worth holding onto, what I’m willing to sacrifice and for what. I learned what feels like it’s worth fighting for and what I really care about when it comes down to ugly end.
That of course is going to be sort of a different personal curation for everyone so there’s no quick quote to share on what those things should be. But I’ll live differently forever now. I think that’s okay.
Tell us about your show.
I wrote it. It was nominated for best comedy at Melbourne International Comedy Festival because I’m much funnier onstage than I am in interviews.
I’m taking it to Soho Theatre after this Fringe which always feels like a little bit of a magical venue. There’s also a shop near Soho Theatre called Cafe De Nata which just sells fresh Portuguese tarts so I’m pretty excited for after the show, too.
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
You don’t even have to wait until you’ve seen my show to see these shows as my show contains no required information to enjoy them.
Tom Mayhew, Danielle Walker, James Nokise, Josie Long and Alice Fraser. They all put so much consideration into the heart of their shows, so much attention to the detail of the craft and consistently produce unique and original work that I can’t bear to miss.
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