Laura Davis: Better Dead Than a Coward (3 stars)

Laura Davis: Better Dead Than a Coward

credit: James Penlidis

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.

Laura Davis: Better Dead Than a Coward

  • 3 stars

Laura Davis Dark, bold and razor sharp, Australian comedian Laura Davis is internationally critically acclaimed as one of the most unique comedic voices around. Unconventional, cathartic and exhilaratingly hilarious, this is her brand new hour. 'A different kind of provocative… smart, challenging, ambitious, playful…

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