Laura Davis

Comedy, Stand Up
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Laura Davis
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The Perth-born, Melbourne-based comedian describes her experimental approach to comedy as an “almost medicinal approach… trying to think about what people might need”. In her last three concept shows, Davis has attempted to push the boundaries of where comedy is allowed to go – and what performer-audience relationship might look like. The first involved telling the story of an abusive relationship while forcing the audience into an abusive relationship with her, the second was an existential crisis performed live by a ghost, and the third was about the bravery in vulnerability, performed blindfolded on a ladder. The result has been a trio of daring, dark and somewhat improvised shows that dive into dangerous waters, but always carry audiences to higher ground. 

Her new show, Cake in the Rain, is about “heartbreak and the end of the world and how we tend to find more meaning in negative experiences than what we do in positive ones”.

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By: Rose Johnstone

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