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About Laura Davis
Based in London, Australian Laura Davis is a multi-award-winning stand-up comedian and writer. Since bursting on to the scene in 2008 as a national finalist in the RAW competition, Laura has returned to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival a staggering ten times with eight different solo MICF shows, garnering a reputation as one of the most prolific and popular acts of the festival. Her sixth offering, Ghost Machine, earned her both the Golden Gibbo and the Melbourne Fringe Best Comedy Award in 2015. Marco Polo, her 2016 show for MICF and the Adelaide Fringe Festival, earned her the prestigious Comedy Channel Moosehead Award.
After so much success at home, Laura made her Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2017 with Cake in the Rain, returning in 2018 with a reprise of Ghost Machine. Both shows received widespread critical acclaim, securing subsequent runs at London’s Soho Theatre. Summer 2019 saw Laura return to the Fringe with her latest show, Better Dead than a Coward, to more rave reviews.
Laura was a writer on the seventh and eighth seasons of ABC TV’s Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell, Australia’s long-running satirical news and current affairs program. She has performed stand-up on ABC TV’s Comedy Up Late, MICF’s Upfront Gala and ABC Comedy’s Next Gen Special. Laura has also been a guest on several of the UK’s leading podcasts, including The Adam Buxton Podcast, The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast and The Guilty Feminist.
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Smart, original and full of black humour, Aussie Laura Davies brings it all to the table with a combination of well-crafted jokes, dark, observational story-telling and provocative themes. From dealing with suicidal tendencies, to that existential life question “Gobby or Shark?” Laura finds the funny when life is giving you a crappy deal.
Reviews and Awards
Comedy Channel Moosehead Award 2016
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Golden Gibbo Winner 2015
Melbourne Fringe Best Comedy 2015
Best Comedy WA Fringeworld 2013
‘An hour with Laura Davis leaves you uplifted, somewhat bewildered, and utterly amazed by such blistering talent’TimeOut
‘A different kind of provocative… smart, challenging, ambitious, playful and funny’Chortle
‘Supremely witty… hilarious’Scotsman
‘Laura Davis is excellent’Daniel Kitson
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Born and brought up in Perth, Western Australia, Laura Davis’ stand-up career began at the tender age of 19. Studying for a writing degree with an emphasis on journalism, Davis felt like she was never going to be fully satisfied without exploring her more creative side. After dropping out to pursue comedy as a full-time endeavor, it didn’t take long for Laura to make a massive impact on the Aussie comedy scene. In 2008, fresh on the scene, Davis found herself in the finals of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival RAW competition. Laura has since returned to MICF ten times with eight different solo shows, cementing her reputation as one of Australia’s most insightful and distinctive voices around, winning both the coveted Golden Gibbo and Melbourne Fringe Best Comedy Awards in 2015 and the prestigious Comedy Channel Moosehead Award in 2016.
After taking the plunge to leave Australia, Cake in the Rain (2016 Edinburgh Festival) was Davis’ first show outside of her native country. A darkly comical race around Davis’ psyche, Cake in The Rain deals with themes such as same-sex marriage and suicidal thoughts. Critics commented on the uniqueness of Davis’ voice, The Scotsman reflecting that ‘Though her anecdotes are grounded in reality, the version we hear is filtered through her bizarrely vivid imagination’. Provoking the ideal blend of confusion and contemplation in her audiences, the show was critically acclaimed for Davis’ confident poise and warm delivery.
If Davis’ style already didn’t appear to conform to any specific collective, her 2017 festival hit Ghost Machine took her natural randomness to a more surrealist place. Davis performed the whole set under a white sheet. She tells The List that the sheet became a puppet-like device, allowing an audience to project whatever they wanted to on to the performer in front of them. “Stand Up is an exhaustively personal job. This felt like a way to take myself out of the frame for a little while. It also made a broader audience willing to come and see the show, as people walk in with fewer preconceived assumptions for a ghost than if it was my human female face on the poster.” Returning to Edinburgh in 2019 with Better Dead Than A Coward, Davis is now settled in London with her husband James who is also a comic. She continues to write for TV back at home, contributing to two series of Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell for ABC TV, Australia’s biggest topical entertainment show.
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