Fort Worth — Charla Lauriston is ready. She is ready to tell dudes just how shitty they are. She is ready to fill an hour. She is ready to have her own Netflix special.
Friday night at the Dallas Comedy House in Deep Ellum she was ready to perform in Dallas for the first time. Lauriston adeptly moved through a series of bits about her Haitian parents, her prolonged virginity and her husband’s shittiness. She views her daily duties as a wife to include loving, honoring and cherishing him, moisturizing his skin and deflating his ego.
And that’s not a bad thing, as Lauriston sees it. The 32-year-old has produced and starred in a well-received web series, toiled amid the New York alt-comedy scene and written for a LA-based comedy show. Her Clench and Release web series is about fried chicken, slavery, dicks and heartbreaks.
She’s ready to talk about unwritten codes and the hypocrisy of 21st century American culture and all, and what she really wants to do is create an hour-long set for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
She knows she needs to hone her stand-up to get there, and she’ll be in Fort Worth this week doing just that.
Amphibian Stage Productions has been bringing comedians in for a week-long residency the past few years. The Phib Comedy Series allows artists the time and space to try new material in a setting that’s more one-act play than two-drink minimum. Lauriston is ready and should head back to LA, which she knows is a garbage place, with an hour’s worth of material that’s tight, biting and as current as current can be.
At the Dallas Comedy House Friday, she proved her mettle with hilarious stories of an overly religious, immigrant, suburban upbringing that led to her remaining a virgin for a long, maybe too long, time; and how it was one man’s simple act of cooking meatballs for her that led to a first romp in the sack. Lauriston explained how the Holy Spirit dominated the Haitian church she grew up in and how a service could take anywhere between three and 100 hours because who knows how long the Spirit wants to party.
When she mentioned the beatings she received as a child at the hands of not only her parents but the extended church family, it fell flat. But she quickly got another read on her Dallas audience and reworded beatings to spankings, and it was back to the laughs.
Talking about the ridiculousness of being mansplained to regarding her RBF is hilarious. Talking about the absurdity of resting bitchface in and of itself even funnier. Lauriston is ready to get the audience to understand that racism is an improv scene that she doesn’t want to be a part of.
This week at the Amphibian Stage in Fort Worth, we’ll see if the audience is ready.