Laura Lexx is a sweet-talking comedian with a surprisingly sharp bite, epitomised, perhaps, by her recent run-in with a sexist heckler, which received thousands of hits on YouTube. Laura will be performing her latest show Tyrannosaurus Lexx at the Edinburgh Festival.
To learn more about Laura, I asked her these seven questions…
1) Is it empowering for you to have your video of dealing with a heckler go viral?
Absolutely. 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.
2) Do you keep to-do lists?
Oh yeah! I have a Domestic To-Do List for things like “Clean that weird pile in the corner that’s started steaming.” A Today’s Work To-Do List for “Be hilarious when answering those 7 questions” type stuff. Then, an Overall To-Do List like “See what you can do about conquering the world and taming a killer whale.” I’m pretty busy.
3) What is your favourite turn of phrase?
I really enjoy “underlying understanding”.
PS. I’m not really sure what a turn of phrase is…
PPS. Don’t print that last bit or people will think I’m stupid.
PPPS. Maybe do print it so I appear down to earth?
PPPPS. Ask my PR guy what to do as he’s the one carefully cultivating my public image to seem like a real likeable person.
4) Have you changed in the past year?
Yeah… I got married, shaved my head, became a full time comic and realised I like mushrooms.
5) Do you get lonely easily?
I do, yes, it took about 4 years of therapy to stop me chewing shoes and weeing on people’s beds when they left me alone for a day. I listen to a lot of podcasts, radio and audiobooks to try and fool myself into believing people are around.
6) How do you relax?
Cross stitch. Yeah, didn’t see that coming did you? POW! I’m currently cross stitching a wintry cottage scene that my husband says we can frame and put up on the wall at Christmas.
7) What makes the hard work of producing an Edinburgh show worth it, for you?
City Restaurant in Edinburgh do a really great breakfast.