Ladyboner (2 stars)

This article is from 2013


credit: Georgia Laughton, LogicBunny Photography

Winsome goth comic Lisa-Skye lacks bite

You might have no idea what a ‘ladyboner’ is, but kinky Aussie comic Lisa-Skye is on a mission to find out what gives you one. She introduces herself as a goth, constantly at war with hipsters who are hell-bent on trampling her with their cars – despite being under the protection of the green man – and confessing that lurking in the shadows may be the best place from which to pounce on a potential lover.

Skye zips between segues with guile, from impudent BDSM and ‘consensual’ rape jokes, to transcribed accounts of sexually frustrated men who call dating lines. These finely polished asides are explicit to the point of plain terrifying but soothed by Skye’s winsomeness and gaiety.

However, limits and taboos are never quite stretched and instead rely on quick, wispy punchlines that don’t pack the same punch as the build-up. Her performance is far from that of the gruesomely funny Loretta Maine and an over-reliance on clips and slides ruin the flow. Only on occasion does Skye nail a joke and this leaves an awkward frustration in the air.

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  • 2 stars

What gives you a Ladyboner? Or Man-Ladyboner? Australia's favourite weirdo sparklepuppy Lisa-Skye talks pleasure, sublime to creepy. Mostly creepy - Jesus, don't bring the children. A glittery drag queen trapped inside a goth girl's body. A metronome. Stories. This is not a drill. Get terrified and hard. Cult comedy for…