Laura Lexx: Trying

Laura Lexx takes us on an emotional exploration thick with poignancy, and layered with humour. Addressing her own experiences of infertility and mental health issues, she gives us a no holds barred introspection into her family dynamics and coping strategies. These are serious topics, however Lexx also takes us on a parallel nostalgic tour of the mid-90’s which provides the perfect backdrop for her natural comedy genius with a nod to mixed tapes, pez dispensers and avoiding the police in overpopulated family car journeys.

An hour of endearingly entertaining and quick witted comedy.

Lexx has a lot to say on the topic of mental health, as she gives a raw account of how her attempts to get pregnant triggered obsessive and intrusive thoughts about environmental issues. A refreshing consideration of the pros and cons of anti depressants is both heartrending and funny, which is a very delicate balance to tread. However Lexx treads it well, as she spits out quick quips like bullets, remarking on the theory that anti depressants may make you ‘fat and sleepy’, with the alternative that cremation is great for weight loss. Lexx labels depression a disease that’s sometimes terminal, and at a time when this is most prevalent in society, it’s a topical subject to consider.

Lexx opens and closes the show with details of a family camping trip in France. This starts off strong, as she utilises a few quick wins of humour with ‘in tents’ for ‘intense’, and ‘canvas being the only thing protecting’ from her mother’s opinion. However toward the end of the performance, as Lexx deliberately takes on a more manic persona to up the tempo and pace, the family camping story becomes a bit too elongated. Lexx is so naturally funny, and has already won us over with her sentimentality and accessibility, that this foolhardy family camping drama began to seem out of place.

Lexx provides an hour of endearingly entertaining and quick witted comedy, with a frank and uninhibted introspection into the most important issues of today.

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The Blurb

'One can only hope there's some life-altering catastrophe around the corner for Lexx' ( Luckily, the award-winning comedian with 'superb material, brilliant delivery and irresistible personality' (****, has had a breakdown. Laura spent 2017 trying to get through therapy, trying the patience of everyone and trying unsuccessfully for a baby. She's done trying now; it's time to laugh. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra and Absolute Radio. Winner: Best Compere, UK Comedy Awards 2017. Amused Moose Comedy Award finalist 2016. 'Exceptionally funny' **** ( 'A joy' (Independent). 'Real comedic steel' (Guardian).

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