Comedy review: Laura Davis: Better Dead Than A Coward, Bob’s Blunderbus, Edinburgh

Laura Davis: Better Dead Than A Coward, Bobs Blunderbus (Venue 212)
Laura Davis: Better Dead Than A Coward, Bobs Blunderbus (Venue 212)
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I love the way this London based Australian comic tells a story.

Laura Davis: Better Dead Than A Coward, Bob’s Blunderbus, Edinburgh * * *

Hands fluttering, she focuses on the tiny details of life – the bus rides, the bags of crisps, the moths fluttering around a light bulb. Her voice is soft and she leads you gently into exploring her joyfully eccentric world.

Davis spends a lot of time lurking on obscure corners of the internet – getting into fights with strangers who spend a lot of time in fields. She’s also thinking about having a child – but worries about environmental catastrophe. Her kooky sensibilities give her an original take on the classic moral and ethical dilemmas of young adulthood.

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Having done stand up for twelve years has allowed Davis to explore her darker side and she’s disarmingly candid about her emotional life. There is a steely strength beneath her soft exterior and she springs jokes like a trap, taking the audience by surprise.

She’s happy performing on the top floor of Bob’s Blundabus, having spent a couple of financially ruinous years in bigger venues. And it suits her style, to be sharing warm intimate storytelling comedy on the top floor of a bus with the rain falling softly on the roof.

Until 25 August

Claire Smith

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