+3 Interview: Laura Lexx: Knee Jerk

“I definitely think solo shows are my favourite thing… since I started doing that I feel like the Fringe has just got better and better.”

WHO: Laura Lexx, Comedian

WHAT: “Star of Live at the Apollo, Laura Lexx is a ‘bouncy, bubbly stand up star’ (Telegraph) shining a hilarious light on how hard it is to be a good person these days. Can you change the world without offending anyone? Her sell-out 2018 show Trying was ‘a masterpiece’ ***** (VoiceMag.uk) and earned her a prestigious Comedian’s Choice Award. Now, Lexx takes on society’s big issues… but come for jokes, not answers. It’s sure to be ‘stomach-achingly funny’ **** (Entertainment-Focus.com) and ‘another skilfully-constructed hour from an underrated performer’ **** (Fest). Early booking recommended.”

WHERE: Gilded Balloon Teviot – Turret (Venue 14) 

WHEN: 17:15 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

Heck nooooo! This is actually my 10th year visiting the Fringe! I first went up in 2009 to do the Chortle Student Final and then I got hooked. 2010 was my first full Fringe run, 2011 I got together with my husband up there, 2015 I did my first solo show “Lovely”, 2016 was “Tyrannosaurus Lexx” and 2018 was “Trying”. In amongst those solo shows I’ve done a plays: “Ink” (self-written and directed – good lord I was a tedious drama student) and “You Left Me In The Dark”, a sketch show “Maff Brown’s Parade of This”, a quiz panel show “Quiz In My Pants” and a couple of mixed bill line ups “AAA Late” and “The Lunchtime Special”.

I definitely think solo shows are my favourite thing… since I started doing that I feel like the Fringe has just got better and better.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?

Without a doubt Live at the Apollo.

What a day that was! I was fizzing, I felt like I was in a dream and it went better than I could ever have hoped. You dream about getting to play with the big guys and then, suddenly I was doing it and holding my own! When it went out the reaction was amazing… it’s been a total whirlwind since then! I barely know where I am!

Tell us about your show.

My show is called Knee Jerk this year… Last year I opened up about my own mental health issues in my show Trying, and this year I’m using the techniques I learned in my therapy to cope with anxiety to analyse the things society is anxious about. I know with me when I’m frightened and obsessed with something, there’ll be a root fear that’s irrational driving it and that’s why I can’t put it to bed. I want to take on some bigger subjects this year and I want to look at what’s driving divisions in society at a point where we should be coming together to fight carbon emissions.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

Oooh so many… um… Jessica Fostekew, The Noise Next Door, Paul F Taylor, John Pendal, The Delightful Sausage, Joz Norris, Sooz Kempner… that’ll get you started, let me know when you’ve got their tickets and I’ll get you some more.