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Demi Lardner's Birds With Human Lips

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Birds With Human Lips bring angst and laughter to The Garden
Enigmatic Demi Lardner invites us into the chaotic and random ramblings of her inner world. When asked to describe what we can expect from her stand up she responds, "all the stuff that spews from my brain, with an attempt to make it palatable." The Adelaide born comedian has been turning heads since 2013, when as a comedy newcomer she was swooped by a flock of awards.

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Demi Lardner. Words will spew from her brain


Awards for:
National RAW Comedy Competition - first.
So You Think You're Funny' Edinburgh Fringe Competition- -first.
Rising Starr for Best Newcomer at Adelaide Comedy - first.
Best Emerging Comedy Show Award, leading to a performance at Montreal's 'Just For Laughs' Festival.

Whist in Montreal, Demi was hand picked by world acclaimed US comedian Paul F. Tompkins to perform a gig together. Tompkins is a renowned comedian, actor, writer, and political and social commentator. For diminutive Demi, this was a great highlight of her career, stating, "it's the coolest thing I've ever done". But I have found that the star of 'Birds With Human Lips' has at least one extra hidden talent of her own. She sketches, and her sketches are funny. Demi's unique brand of comedy comes through clearly in her drawings. Her illustrations have ironic twists for illicit giggles - the cover your mouth, 'oops I find that funny but that is so wrong' type of humour.

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It's the talented hand that makes us laugh and frown at the same time.


Demi says drawing is a weekly practice, allowing exploration of her own creativity through images. Some of her drawings are in your face, no holds barred, may-want-to-censor-before-showing-the-kids humorous. Others require a visual wander before spotting where the funny bit is. Once spotted, you realise how clever you are. You feel a familiarity with the star. You've been let in on the joke.

So, Demi is going to say some things to you, not all of which you were prepared to hear. I enjoyed a phone conversation with her recently where she confided some very deep dark past stuff. It does involve birds. Let's face it, we've all been there. For me it was clown dolls. There was that one thing, that seemingly innocent thing. In Demi's case it was cockatoos. Let Demi Lardner take you through that story. There may be a few of her illustrations involved.

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Demi and bird


This year's Adelaide Fringe features Demi's new show, 'Birds With Human Lips', a little conversational piece about a morbid, debilitating fear of feathered creatures that began in her youth. There is anxiety. There is silliness. There is a little bit of blue but it's stand-up at its finest. Expect a bit of the unexpected, with her looks so sweet and unassuming. Get on her twitter page. Welcome her back home. Have a great laugh with Demi in the Garden of Unearthly Delights, Feb 13-22.

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Demi will be in the famed Garden from Friday, Feb 13 - Sunday, Mar 12
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*Natalie Jensen was invited as a guest
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Why? Comedy, Laughs, shocks, fun, night out
When: 9:30pm all shows Feb 13 to 22
Phone: 8100-2000
Where: Garden of Unearthly
Cost: $20-$28
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