Laura Davis – The Dog In The Ink : MICF Review
I love Laura Davis already. Not only was there free tea outside the room in which she was performing, but Florence and the Machine was playing as I entered the small, red-velvet clad space.
I don’t know if that was her choice, but it certainly improved my mood tenfold.
The small stage is a good space for the Perth comic; diminutive and adorable, Davis cuts an affable, endearing figure as she takes us through what is, ostensibly, a psychological upheaval of neurosis coupled with observational humour and lightly absurdist joshery.
The show is steeped in Freudian psychology and the famed Rorschadt ink-blot tests (which, honestly, really does remind me of that scene in The Mask where Cameron Diaz attempts to seduce Jim Carrey by complimenting him on his hideous tie) but Laura keeps it dry, cute and playful. She is charmingly self-deprecating and honest, especially about her less-than-glamorous teenage years where she was usually found in the library “photocopying hundreds pictures of cats”.
The show also centres around her relationship with her dog and, though different species, how much in common they have; both, apparently, seek approval, love and biscuits. Laura freakin’ loves biscuits, by the by; if you’re ever on a biscuit website forum and find someone trying to start a flame war about Tim Tams, that’ll probably be her.
The show’s premise, from the surface, seems dry and boring; why would you wanna see a comedy show based around something you might attend a long lecture about? Ah, but a lesser comedian would fail where Laura Davis succeeds, you see.
You end up leaving the show having not only learned a little something about your subconscious and Freudian theory via an hour of hilarity, but you walk out of there feeling warm, contented, practically hugged. Even after Laura hits you with her ‘pun guns’…pshh-oo, pshh-oo…
Go and see Laura Davis if you like laughing and feeling nice. Don’t see it if you’re a masochist and hate life. Red pill or blue pill, Neo?
WATCH OUT FOR | RATING : 5 out of 5