Punchline recommends Laura Davis: Better Dead than a Coward

20 Aug

Laura DavisWords by Suzy Romer

Laura Davis is a big talent in a tiny venue, with more than a touch of magic. As you enter Bob’s Blundabus passed the bright cosy bar on the lower deck to go up the dark stairs, something flips in your brain and you are ready for anything.

Laura Davis owns the room (top deck) from the start and seamlessly takes a couple of unhelpful audience members in hand while treating the rest of us like we are already friends. She tells us she has been performing at the Fringe for twelve years and everything about her unique material and laid-back competence shows us how well she has used that experience. There are touches of Daniel Kitson in her ability to create visual images and take the audience with her but she has an absolutely original world view and does some ingenious material on moths and Facebook that should win some kind of literary comedy award.

Laura Davis can give extraordinary meaning to ordinary events with a warm, wry perspective that generates disproportionately big laughs in such a tiny space. She succeeds in talking about current world concerns without losing sight of the baffling peculiarity of human nature and manages to make us feel all the better for it. That’s no small feat these days, and if Laura Davis can bring together a disparate bunch of punters on a lightly swaying bus, maybe there is hope for some other stuff too.

Get tickets for Laura Davis: Better Dead than a Coward here

9.10pm | Heroes@Bob’s Blundabus | Until 25 Aug

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