Demi Lardner: Ditch Witch 800 (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

Demi Lardner, Ditch Witch 800

A spirited and exhilarating show that hilariously zips by

It's difficult to know exactly what's going on in Demi Lardner's new show, and it's not entirely clear that she knows either. Not that it matters one bit. As the Australian comedian flies by the seat of her pants (which are revealed at one point) through a series of skits, ideas and quasi-anecdotes, she provides us with a truly exhilarating experience. You just keep on laughing as she speeds past you even if you don't really know why it's so funny.

There's a vague theme of birth while a witch pops up, and plenty of Lardner's trademark drawings, which amusingly appear on the screen with the top bits cut off; this is a mistake apparently, but it fits with the feel of the show. There's also an almost straightforward story about a kangaroo, but the episodes are creatively penned (said kangaroo becomes a 'bounce devil with storage').

Additionally Lardner peppers the performance with dance moves and blasts of music to boost the energy and increase the sense of giddy disorientation. There's even room for a touch of autobiography in amongst the weirdness with her dad and cat making an appearance, and talk of her several step-dads and Scouse mum. One thing is for sure, no one quite encapsulates the spirit of the Fringe like Demi Lardner.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 26 Aug, 9.15pm, £10.50–£11.50 (£9.50–£10.50).

Demi Lardner: Ditch Witch 800

  • 4 stars

Century Once upon a time, in a faraway swamp, there lived an ogre named Demi Lardner (Mike Myers) whose precious solitude was suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters. Your virtue is pressed between the leaves of a hymn book. Audience Participation, Scenes of a Sexual Nature Age category: 16+