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Sweet-talking comedian Laura Lexx is the charming, cut-glass comic with added bite, as demonstrated by her brilliantly handled run-in with a sexist heckler, which received thousands of hits on YouTube.
With her trademark pixie cropped hair and a twinkle in her eye, Laura is a natural storyteller who can tease a knowing grin from the most frustrated of millennials. Turning her own career insecurity, newly-wed stresses or feminist fears into cheerful frivolity for all, Laura has begun to make a real name for herself on the circuit, providing tour support for Jason Manford, Tim Vine and Russell Kane.
As well as performing live comedy, her impressive credits include appearances on Sam Delaney’s News Thing (RT UK), How Hacks Work (Viasat Explore), The Comedy Club (BBC Radio 4 Extra) and The Jason Manford Show (Absolute Radio). As a writer she has had articles published by the likes of Glamour and Standard Issue as well as authoring her own extremely popular blog, praised by The Guardian for touching on “grim struggles as well as featuring plenty of alternately smart and daffy stories of her ramshackle everyday life….understated but well-realised stuff”. With a new comedy drama series also optioned for television, the future is looking bright for this Brighton-ite rising star!
Watch Laura Lexx: Tyrannosaurus Lexx
Focusing on the ups and downs of married life, alongside feminism and the perils of social media, 30 something Laura’s take on life is infectiously optimistic. This clever comic’s tales of David Attenborough obsessions and dealing with a Daily Mail reading mother ooze with charisma and vibrant charm. Expect quick quips, seamless banter and up-beat anecdotes from a show certain to leave you grinning from ear to ear.
See Laura Lexx Live
Information on Laura Lexx’s upcoming gigs and live shows can be found here.
Somerset born and now living in Brighton, Laura had a pretty quiet start to life compared to the later freneticism of a career path in live comedy. In her blog, Laura explains
“I grew up in the middle of Somerset; fields to the side and back of the house and estate of cycleable roads and play-withable children to the left. Pubs that could be worked in come my teenage years and plenty of villagers to nod at whilst walking the dog. Nodding took on several meanings as I progressed through childhood… in the early days the nod meant “Yeah, you’re damn straight I have a dog” then it progressed through several different incarnations of dog-nods from “Yeah, I can’t believe my lazy ass parents make ME, a child, a prodigy waste my time of walking this furry shit-machine either” to “I’ll nod at you but you really need to get a life, you’re friends of my parents don’t act like you know me” to finally “This nod is going to really mean something to you when I’ve gone away to University and become a famous actress.” I was always above my station.”
Laura studied Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent, and before turning to comedy enjoyed the start of promising acting career, receiving praise for her portrayal of Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest at the Brighton Fringe in 2013. But it was through improv with friends at university that her natural comedic flair spilled over onto the stage, leading her swiftly into the bright lights of stand-up comedy. Laura continues her passion for improv as one of the central cogs in the Comedians Cinema Club, a monthly Brighton based show where comics and improvisers come together to re-enact/ruin the audiences favourite films.
After first appearing at the Edinburgh fringe in 2010, Laura spent time on the circuit, getting shortlisted for the highly regarded BBC New Comedy Award in 2014. Laura took her first solo show “Lovely” to the Festival in 2015, a charming debut all about finally coming to terms with being happy. She told Access All Areas “I’ve tried a bit of everything; acting, directing, writing, quiz shows, improvisation, sketch comedy… I think I’m happiest doing my solo stand up shows though.”
The following year, she made a return to Edinburgh with “Tyrannosaurus Lexx”, a cheerful yet punchy contribution that commented on her evolution into a full-time wife and comedian. Her 2018 show, “Trying” is set to take a new direction for the eternal optimist who, after suffering a breakdown in 2017, has sought to write a brutally honest show about her experiences of trying to get through therapy, trying the patience of everyone and trying unsuccessfully for a baby.
Despite her usually cheery persona Laura has proved herself to be made of steely stuff, turning a sexist heckle caught on tape into an inspiring moment of empowerment that went viral. She told Moody Comedy – “I had a few messages from women who had given up comedy after a nasty heckling experience and had seen the video and decided to go back to it. That was an ace feeling… Although, if they turn out to be the world’s worst comedians I take ZERO responsibility for that.”