“LIFE IS FLEETING AND AWFUL” – Demi Lardner talks about life as a comedian and hangovers

6 years ago
Til Knowles

Demi Lardner is cool. She won Raw Comedy in 2013, and later that same year tied for first place in “So You Think You’re Funny” at the Edinburg Fringe Festival. She starred in the award winning Wolf Creek: The Musical. Demi has been a guest on comedy podcasts the Little Dum Dum Club and the Loose Five. She has a show at this year’s Adelaide Fringe called Birds with Human Lips and another one at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) with Angus Brown called Best Good Show. These are all things a cool person does.

She also answered my questions, which makes her, in my eyes, doubly cool.

So how’s comedy going?

AAAAAAHHHHHH YA KNOW it’s growing on me. I’m getting some delightful stories and memories so if I contract some sort of flesh and muscle eating virus and can’t ever move or perform again I’ve got a few cool memories to dwell on.


You’ve done shows with Paul F Tompkins (in Montreal and Edinburg). How did you get that? And what was it like?

I’m not EXACTLY sure why that happened or if I deserved/dreamed it but I was just sort of around in Montreal and Paul was asked to pick people for his PFT and Friends, Real and Imagined show, and one was me. It was the single most terrifying and sonorously delightful experience of my life so far.

What has been your favourite on-stage experience so far?

I mean, every time the audience doesn’t just despise you as a whole is a win. But on my 21st birthday all of my friends got together and organised a roast, and though the latter end is a Asahi-fuelled haze, it is locked in my most ornate heart-cage.

What was the most difficult gig you ever did?

I used to be in a show called Mr. Snotbottom’s Stinky Silly Show, in which I played a giant piece of phlegm named Phlegm. Children hating you is a whole new type of hate because there’s no reasoning with those weird little goblins.

You’ve been doing stand up since you were 16 – is it something you always knew you wanted to do?

To be honest, it almost seemed like a chore to start because it was inevitable for me. Not because of any inherent talent, but just because through very poor planning and failsafe-ing, I never considered anything else as a long term commitment.


Is there anyone you’re particularly looking forward to seeing at 2015’s Adelaide Fringe? 


Aunty Donna

Kel Balnaves

Why? What’s so special about them?

Aunty Donna are exquisite and make the world feel okay.

Kel Balnaves had a show last year that I shamelessly list as one of the best hours of standup I have ever seen.

What’s the best way to deal with a MICF hangover?


What kind of people come and see your shows? What kind of people should come and see your shows?

Only the most precious, intelligent and attractive people have ever seen my shows. I plan to wed and impregnate every single one. The type of people that SHOULD come are the ones who are prepared for that commitment. WE WANT PRE-NUP, YEEEAUH.

If you wrote a television show, what would it be about?

It would be a mixture of death-sports and horrible erotica written by me.

Is there anything you want people to know about Birds with Human Lips before they come and see it?

“Hey. Hey now. You’re a strong, sensual woman.”


Birds with Human Lips is on in the Spare Room in the Garden of Unearthly Delights at the Adelaide Fringe Festival from February 13 until the 22nd. Tickets range from $20 to $28. 

Best Good Show with Lardner and Angus Brown is on from Thursday the 26th of March until Sunday the 19th of April (Thursday through Sunday nights) at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Tickets range from $10 to $24 and are available at the MICF website

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