Demi Lardner’s Life Mechanic is enjoyable the whole way through. Lardner doesn’t warm up – she jumps right into her set and wows the audience with her unique brand of humour that has the audience laughing at every single joke.
Lardner’s set includes a lot of perfectly-timed dick jokes that have even the most conservative audience member stifling giggles. Opening with a joke about drinking at family gatherings, most of the humour in Life Mechanic comes from Lardner’s ridiculous train of thought and an interesting descriptive style, such as when illustrating her proposed gender symbol – a question mark with a top hat – or imagining herself stacked-out with muscles and walking through closed doors.
Lardner shocks and confuses the audience into a lot of the laughs – some of the things she suggests are so preposterous that the splutter of laughter is almost literally ripped from throats around the room – whether it be her anecdote about the birds and the bees talk from her father, or her commentary about the new Dyson hand dryers.
While all of Lardner’s gags and musings have the audience thoroughly entertained, the continuity of the show does not feel quite natural, and there are points where the audience is jarred by an odd change in pacing. Hilariously frustrating ‘phone calls’ from her father serve to break the show up, in Lardner's attempt to slide into different segments of the show, almost eliminating the confusing transition between unrelated jokes but slightly missing the mark.
Life Mechanic is a fast paced and hilarious show, and definitely worth catching this Fringe season.