Laura Davis

Laura Davis' material is engaging and her delivery confident.

Reviewer rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Tuxedo Cat, until April 8,
Fort Delta until April 20

A significant gulf sometimes separates ‘love’ from ‘like’, a distance which Laura Davis attempts to bridge in her latest stand-up show. Originally from Perth, where she won the Best WA Comedy award at Fringeworld last year, Davis is now based in Melbourne; thankfully her material steers clear of banal comparisons between the two cities in favour of exploring wounds both physical and psychological.

From important advice about musical choices for traffic accidents, to weightier topics such as advertising and the infantilising nature of body hair removal, Davis’ material is engaging and her delivery confident, though greater variation in tone might aid her performance.

The show’s through-line concerns an unhealthy relationship with an older man which Davis explores in detail, and which generates one of her strongest punchlines. Sadly this energy is not sustained throughout, and material towards the end of the show involving McDonalds and abduction lacks both energy and cohesion.