Impertinent Questions for Laura Davis

Laura DavisWhat is your favourite synonym for “bum”?


Whose swearing makes you laugh the most?

Children’s. Or a pet cockatoo.

Who should come to see your show and why?

So far the only people I’ve ever had a problem with in shows are old men who only want to talk over me, and drunk women who want to talk amongst themselves. So anybody who isn’t that, please.

Who are you excited about seeing this year?

Since I’ve been living in the UK it’s always lovely to see Australian acts with brand new shows. Demi Lardner, and Josh Ladgrove this year in particular.

Imagine you come off stage and find a wish come true. Which food/drink/present/person would be waiting for you?

Sir David Attenborough would come and pick me up after my gig to go explore a coral reef. I guess there’s also really good souvlaki on the boat.

Describe your perfect day at the Fringe.

Wake up late, go get coffee and cake at Lovecrumbs bakery. Have a nap. See some early shows, or sit and talk with people outside the blundabus until it’s time for my show. Have a great show to a nice audience then get a baked potato and have a smoke in the meadows while it starts to get dark. Go drink scotch at ACMS watching the total and utter chaos until about 2am then walk home via the ‘good’ fried chicken place.

How long does it take to come down after a show and how do you do it?

I find sort of the opposite. I’m up after a show and it’s nice and then the adrenaline slump hits about an hour later and you feel like you need to refuel or go to bed. That can be hard during Fringe because you might have another show an hour after yours, right smack in the danger zone.

In the game “Would You Rather?” what’s the hardest choice you have had to make?

Would you rather live a life enjoying what you do each day or have financial stability so you don’t have to worry?  Oh, wait. What game?

Who or what helped you believe you were going to make it in comedy?

All the people who told me that it takes ten years to get good, and another ten to get better. Seeing it as a marathon and not a sprint has always helped.

Tell us something your agent doesn’t want us to know.

If you didn’t pay I wouldn’t stop doing it but you should, because I’m really good at it and that seems much more fair.


Buy tickets for Laura Davis: Better Dead Than a Coward here

9.10pm | Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus | 1-25 Aug



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