Laura Davis: Better Dead Than a Coward
- Yasmin Sulaiman
- 6 August 2019
Strong thoughtful hour from a natural comedian
She might feel like a relatively new face to Fringe comedy-goers, but Laura Davis has been honing her dark, thoughtful stand-up for 12 years. For 2018, the Aussie comic took to the Edinburgh stage decked in a white sheet for her well-received hour, Ghost Machine. In 2019, she's swapped the linen for a bejewelled jacket, but her unusual brand of offbeat, immersive musings hasn't gone anywhere.
The story of Better Dead Than a Coward starts on a bus: which is handy, because the show is performed on the top deck of Bob's BlundaBus. Of course, that's just the beginning of the journey: the hour that follows takes us everywhere from moth-appreciation Facebook groups and Spotify playlists to changing ideas of beauty and wanting to have children, via one brilliant abortion joke.
Davis isn't just a natural comedian, she's a great writer too. She deftly weaves between political observations and surreal jokes, fully embracing that there's no line separating those two things anymore. And though tonight's show could have landed a few more belly-laughs to really connect, she has a strong hour that will leave you terrified for the future, but smiling nonetheless.
Heroes @ Bob's BlundaBus, until 25 Aug, 9.10pm, £5 in advance or donations at the venue.