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Impertinent Questions for Laura Lexx

18 Jul

Laura LexxWhat is your favourite synonym for “bum”?

I love tush. It’s so cute.

Whose swearing makes you laugh the most?

Scottish people’s. If combined with the above question, I particularly love a Scot referring to a bumhole as a hoop.

Who should come to see your show and why?

Everyone wanting a clever belly laugh with some social commentary and a healthy smattering of genitalia jokes.

Who are you excited about seeing this year?

I’m excited to see Paul F Taylor’s finished show having seen a work in progress a few months ago. I’m also hotly anticipating my good buddy Matt Hoss’ finished debut. He’s an endearing comedian with so much heart and I can’t wait to see that heart in show form.

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

It’s boring but… it’d be my husband (he is all I ever want to see) waiting with a tub of M&S millionaire bites (they are all I ever want to eat) waiting with a deck of Magic cards (all I ever want to play) and infinite patience for my sulking. Luckily, this is a wish that often comes true for me. I’m very lucky.

Describe your perfect day at the Fringe.

A lie in. It’s important to get up only when ready – I hate having dry eyes. Then breakfast at City Restaurant, then my show goes brilliantly to a sold out room, then I go and do a fun show with a twist like the Noise Next Door’s Lock In or Joke Thieves or something. Then watch TV to wind down and go to bed. Lovely.

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

I’m usually fine by September 15th. Anything before that is impossible to wind down.

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

Which Weasley twin. Impossible.

What’s your favourite Brexit metaphor?

For me, it’s Theresa May banging through Article 50 whilst fundamentally believing it would be a disaster for the country. I get it – she wanted the top job, but I will never understand being able to turn off your moral compass just to keep your job. I love my job but if 52% of the audience started chanting “Do some racist stuff” I wouldn’t start throwing that out there just to keep the mic.

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

The audiences. Even the success stories have gigs and weeks and months where the gatekeepers say no or say nothing and the only thing that keeps you going is *knowing* that you were the highlight of someone’s week and that’s worth something.

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

Every now and again when I don’t want to do a gig I pretend my agent has control over decision making and completely throw him under the bus.


Buy tickets for Laura Lexx: Knee Jerk here

5.15pm | Gilded Balloon Teviot | 31 July, 1-13, 15-25 Aug

Punchline’s 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Recommendations

7 Aug

Here they are! Our picks for this year’s Fringe. As usual, we advise you to see these acts live as YouTube just doesn’t do them justice.

Photograph of Alex EdelmanAlex Edelman: Just for Us

With sizzling stories ranging from Stephen Fry and Prince William to Nazis, this bright young comic sheds blazing light on current themes in Britain and the U.S.

8pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Photograph of Lazy SusanLazy Susan: Forgive Me, Mother!

An hour of comic perfection with a twist of horror that will stay with you long after the show. Who says sketch is harmless?

4.20pm, Assembly George Square

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Photograph of Darren HarriottDarren Harriott: Visceral

Easy going hour of top notch comedy from this incredibly assured comedian. Only in his second Fringe, he already has star quality. Get in there.

9.30pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Lou Sanders: Shame Pig

An afternoon delight with material as fascinating as it is explicit. Lou has a charismatic charm that has to be experienced live.

12.30pm, Monkey Barrel

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Photograph of Rosie JonesRosie Jones: Fifteen Minutes

After years of comedy experience behind the scenes as a TV writer, Rosie Jones is making a killer start to her stand up career with an impressive supply of wicked one-liners.

8.30pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Punchline Q&A



Photograph of Tim KeyTim Key: Wonderdate

Worshipped by many, Tim Key recently made a splendid short film, Wonderdate, for the BBC. This is the live show along the same lines.

11.15pm, Pleasance Courtyard from 16th August

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Photograph of Suzi RuffellSuzi Ruffell: Nocturnal

If you haven’t seen her on TV yet, you will soon. Suzi upped her game last year and this may be your last chance to see her in a smaller venue.

9.45pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Photograph of Kieran HodgsonKieran Hodgson:’75

Kieran Hodgson reinvents himself yet again, this time with a new perspective on Brexit.

8.15pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Photograph of Laura LexxLaura Lexx: Trying

Laura Lexx has reached a new level in life and comedy. She whetted our appetite with her fantastic Punchline Q&A and we can’t wait to see this year’s show.

5.15pm, Gilded Balloon

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Photograph of Foil, Arms and HogFoil, Arms and Hog: Craicling

They have had a gazillion YouTube hits and deservedly so. High energy and polished sketches from this switched-on trio.

9pm, Underbelly

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Photograph of Felicity WardFelicity Ward: Busting A Nut

We’ve been banging on about her for years. If you have seen her you’ll know why; if you haven’t, get a wiggle on.

9pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Most shows are on every day until 26th August and some have a day off. Please double check details and availability with the venue.

Laura Lexx Answers Punchline’s Increasingly Inquisitive Questions

3 Jul

Photograph of Laura LexxWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

Usually me but if I have guests round I think it’s rude not to offer.

Which words make you giggle or give you an inner flip of amusement?

I like the phrase “underlying understanding”. What a lovely quirk of language that is.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

Firstly tea: I love tea and I think it’s the only thing I’m genuinely addicted to – I get terrible headaches without the caffeine.

I also have a love of plants and buying seeds and plants – far more than I have space for but I just don’t seem to stop buying them!

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

Phil Jupitus doing an impression of Eddie Izzard doing material about Darth Vader. It’s from We Know Where You Live, Live! It is a dream of layering, impressions and clever material.

Where is your favourite place to go for food during the Edinburgh Fringe?

The City Restaurant; get the maxi breakfast and thank me later when you’ve cleared your arteries enough to speak again.

What have you learned about life through performing at the Fringe?

That nothing matters and we’re all wasting our time in some way so why not waste it at the largest arts festival in the world?

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

I would like to work with Rob Delaney and Tim Minchin and I’d like the sketch to be about rainforests because then we could get Attenborough to cameo.

Tell us about a coincidence or piece of luck that led you to where you are today.

I went to Kent University because I wanted to do an undergraduate masters in writing for radio, then in my first year they cancelled that course. Then I started improvising with some guys who went on to become The Noise Next Door and I thought “huh, performing comedy is fun” and so I did the masters in Stand Up instead… then I got my only other addiction.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

Adam Riches, actually. I just find his shows so fun and that’s really what I look for in Edinburgh to blow off steam.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Ooh, I’d avoid Shakespeare done by American schoolchildren and defining your worth as a person by the opinion of strangers.


Catch Laura Lexx: Trying at Gilded Balloon Teviot at 5.15pm, 3 – 26 August (not 15)

‘One can only hope there’s some life-altering catastrophe around the corner for Lexx’ (BroadwayBaby.com). Luckily, the award-winning comedian with ‘superb material, brilliant delivery and irresistible personality’ (**** TheWeeReview.com), has had a breakdown. Laura spent 2017 trying to get through therapy, trying the patience of everyone and trying unsuccessfully for a baby. She’s done trying now; it’s time to laugh. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra and Absolute Radio. Winner: Best Compere, UK Comedy Awards 2017. Amused Moose Comedy Award finalist 2016. ‘Exceptionally funny’ **** (One4Review.com). ‘A joy’ (Independent). ‘Real comedic steel’ (Guardian).

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