Laura Davis: Cake in the Rain
- Brian Donaldson
- 23 August 2017
An original and provocative hour in the company of a unique mind
Unusual and unique voices are sometimes difficult to hear in a stand-up world where homogeneity and marketability are pushed firmly to the fore. Australian comic Laura Davis is very much in the former camp. After greeting us on stage while messing around with her iPod shuffle, a vaguely unsettling stage persona (if indeed it is a persona) kicks in with some musings about whether she might be bisexual (or a 'lesbian with a strong stomach'), reflections on what would happen if you threw the bouquet at a dog wedding, and the fact that she has an existential crisis every eight minutes.
This leads to the darkest portion of her show when she discusses experiencing suicidal thoughts and revealing how happy they make her feel. Davis continually provokes either contemplation or confusion in the room: there's an extended passage on star ratings that might only be appreciated by a minor sect within the room, but in the main her routines are a challenging brew of questions such as 'are modern molesters becoming more feminist?' and 'are millennials ruining everything?'
Her observations are certainly different and the performance style is bewitching in its awkwardness, but put all the ingredients of a Laura Davis show together and they comprise a temptingly original hour.
Underbelly Med Quad, until 28 Aug, 8.10pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50).