Laura Lexx: Tyrannosaurs Lexx

Thu 4th – Sun 28th August 2016

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Caragh Aylett

at 23:50 on 5th Aug 2016

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Laura Lexx is a 30-something stand-up comedian from Brighton back performing at the fringe for her second year running. Her performance explores the relationship between herself and her newly married husband as well as drawing on experiences of her relationship with her mother. I was at first sceptical about the childish and somewhat unfunny name of the piece, but Lexx surprised me and, while not presenting a ground breaking, innovative piece of comedy, it is funny and light and certainly worth an hour of your time.

Lexx’ s performance begins at 14:30 and, at such an early time by Fringe standards, it would be difficult for even well practiced comedians to achieve audience participation and enthusiasm, but Lexx manages this with ease quickly engaging a member of the audience on the front row. The energetic stage presence, through which she achieves this, continues throughout the piece and I was consistently impressed by her engagement with the audience and her ability to command the whole stage.

Her script draws on her recent marriage to another stand up comedian. It plays on the humorous trials and tribulations of early married life as well as discussing the pressure of being expected to have children almost immediately. In places it is obvious where she goes off script but, this too, is well received by the audience. Her chosen topic and material has certainly been covered by many comedians before but she adds a new spin onto it and is never lacking in laughs.

While I could appreciate the jokes, I felt that some were perhaps lost on me, since I am a 20 year old student rather than a 35 year old married woman at whom the show is targeted. The laughter around me reinstated her comedic value to those within the target audience and made me wonder whether, I too, will hate how my future husband puts on his socks. While focusing consistently on the theme of new marriage throughout, Lexx’s diverse comedic talent allows her to add in elements of physical comedy through the mimicking of various different animals as well as relevant (and well received) political references. Equally, her ability to play various different characters is impressive.

'Tyrannosaurus Lexx' is funny, energetic and vibrant. It captures the audience from beginning to end and offers a diverse array of comedic talents. While being more suited to aged 30+ festival goers it is still worth watching by anyone.

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Isobel Roser

at 09:23 on 6th Aug 2016

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Laura Lexx, the bubbly young comedian, offers a cheering performance in her Fringe debut of ‘Laura Lexx: Tyrannosaurus Lexx’. By choosing to focus on the ups and downs married life, alongside feminism and the dangers of social media, she is perhaps targeting a slightly more mature audience. Refreshingly, she remains positive in her outlook on marriage, choosing to steer clear of the negative connotations that are often associated with the title of ‘wife’. This is not a show of ground-breaking or edgy material, it provides wholesome entertainment that the audience can connect with on an individual level.

Part of Lexx’s charm resides with her contradictions as a comedic persona, and acknowledgments to this are peppered throughout her set. She recognises that her ‘short lesbian hair’ doesn’t align with her image as a heterosexual woman who is happily married. Similarly, considering her prim and proper tone of voice, it comes as somewhat of a shock to hear her sometimes smutty remarks. And for a woman with a ‘Daily Mail reading’ mother, she is certainly striking out as a left-wing comedian.

Lexx connects well with her audience, and is able to elicit subtle audience participation through her relaxed approach. The audience are being invited into Lexx’s world; one of accusatory vacuum cleaners, David Attenborourgh documentaries, and frequent references to pasta dishes. The highly relatable claim that ‘being in love is like central heating’ produces some of the show’s biggest laughs.

Lexx is not afraid to venture into political territory either, referring to the subject of Brexit, immigration and even Donald Trump. However, I found these political digs somewhat misplaced in this relatively upbeat comedy; jarring with Lexx’s inherent optimism as a performer. Moreover, the delivery of some of the political elements is somewhat laboured and contrived.

However the same cannot be said of Lexx’s musings on feminism and women in comedy. She struggles with the term ‘female comedian’ and used her ‘first husband’ gag in order to directly target this issue. Her passion on this subject is palpable.

Despite a few missteps, Lexx’s show is both entertaining and endearing. By choosing to transfer her optimistic attitude to the stage, she taps into a vein of stand-up which often goes unexplored. It is uplifting to hear a comedian dwell on the positives, and this is clearly where Lexx’s strength as a performer lies. Comforting comedy, combined with a comfortable atmosphere create a strong outing for the Brighton comedian.

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