Goofy and peculiar, Stephanie Laing's comedy is partway between the needy oddness of Maria Bamford and the upbeat affability of Josie Long. Her material is a mix of silliness, filth and unusual observations, underpinned by a disarming honesty which makes her seem charmingly vulnerable.
Her latest show Quitter is a raw, honest and comical exploration of what it's like to give up things that were not good for her (smoking, drinking, self-harm, ballet, worrying about the future, monogamy, all that shizzle). Dotted in between topics ranging from 'awkward things you say when you like someone' to 'how to change sex positions in a sexy way', Stephanie treats the audience to some unique musical comedy that combines high school songwriting, Christmas carols and self-accompaniment with a flute, which demands a smattering of applause after each performance.
Crowded in the Vaults is an intimate venue where you can see up-and-coming stars of the international comedy scene up close and personal, a very different experience to the large venues that the big well-known stars draw in the big crowds.
Stephanie Laing's Quitter is on every day for the next two weeks at 6.20pm, check out the comedy festival website and buy your tickets from eventfinda.You can also catch her in a later show at 9.50pm Wheely, wheely, wheely, wheely, wheely with Paul Savage. This show is self-described as "the dumbest game show ever to grace a stage on God's green Earth. There will be snorkels, pirate costumes, drawings of donkeys and a glamorous assistant called Stuart." It's an interactive game show, so audience members need to be prepared to get involved in the hour of silliness.
Stephanie Laing and Paul savage image from eventfinda