Evolution is tricky – just ask the dinosaurs. Last year Laura Lexx (Chortle Awards 2016 nominee) evolved into a full-time wife and comedian. It didn’t quite go as planned. Following her smash debut Lovely, Laura aims her trademark comedy kaleidoscope at marriage, feminism, identity and the grinning idiots that built Stonehenge. Indulge in a whirlwind celebration of everything that’s right about slowly turning into your mother and everything that’s wrong with town criers. AAA caught up with Laura for a chat.
Is this your first time at the Fringe?
Nope, seventh, I think – although I’m rapidly losing track.
Tell us about some previous visits?
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.
Tell us a bit about the show you’re in this year?
I’m growing up a tiny bit (a really tiny bit) this year with the angle of my stand up; taking on some bigger issues but really messing about so that they don’t seem too serious.
How much work has gone into getting it ready for Edinburgh?
Months, thousands, nose bleeds, train cancellations, standing ovations, tears and epiphanies.
Are you/were you nervous ahead of your opening night?
I was up until last week and then I had a preview where all the Tetris blocks slotted together and all the anxiety lines disappeared. Now I’m just excited to start showing it to people.
There’s thousands of shows on why should Fringe goers fork out to see yours?
Well, 1. It’s not really forking out it’s a fiver (or Pay What You Want if you want to gamble on getting a seat). 2. It’s accomplished, funny and heartfelt.
Are there any other shows on this year you’d recommend?
Gosh, so many… The Noise Next Door for a faultless laugh a minute hit, Garrett Millerick for some extremely thoughtful stand up, Geoff Norcott to see the best in the business, Diane Spencer for clever, dark and painfully funny stand up. Comedians Cinema Club, for a unique box of mayhem that’s messier than Get Your Own Back. Tonnes more, too…
What’s on your hitlist to see?
Danielle Ward… I’ve got really into Do The Right Thing (her panel show podcast) this year so I’d like to see her show. Thom Tuck, he’s just always brilliant… Pierre Novellie, I always wait until the Fringe is getting a bit overwhelming and then I go and hide in the back row of his company for an hour of feeling better.
What are you planning to do on your days off?
Sell your show in no more than ten words….
Make Edinburgh Great Again.
Laura Lexx, Tyrannosaurus Lexx, Mash House, 2.20pm, www.edfringe.com