Demi Lardner: Birds with Human Lips
Quirky yet personal comedy set at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
This article is from 2014.
This is an intriguing debut from the 20-year-old who jointly won So You Think You're Funny? last year and outright won the RAW competition at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in her native Australia. Looking, as she notes, like a young boy with her make-upless face, cropped hair and cap, Lardner delivers around 40 minutes of quirky yet personal comedy.
She is stuck in her house feeling unable to leave with only a tapir – that speaks with the kind of electronic voice we all associate with Professor Stephen Hawking these days – for company. Risking a Vitamin D deficiency and the tapir's sight by staying indoors, Lardner attempts to conquer her fear of being pecked by birds that she wishes had soft human lips rather than pointy beaks. Lardner's show is part stand-up, part confessional and part short play. Along the way she receives tangential phone calls from her dad, shows us some of her drawings and breaks into a rap or two; in between, she lets slip the news of her parents’ unhappy break-up.
There's some great offbeat thinking going on here, and even when she's delivering straight stand-up it reveals a kooky soul, one who at 14 faked some ID to buy a lizard. Elsewhere she ponders the great mysteries of life with an unusual take on how shouting 'suck my dick' at someone is considered an insult, suggesting that the member’s owner has something nasty: 'is it a scorpion speaking Spanish? Then that could be nasty.' Demi Lardner is certainly one to watch.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, run ended.