Aussie co­me­dian Ju­dith Lucy’s lat­est se­ries may be about where women stand to­day but it of­ten had her act­ing like a bit of a bloke

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV - DAR­REN CARTWRIGHT

Co­me­dian Ju­dith Lucy now knows the male def­i­ni­tion of stage fright af­ter be­ing un­able to wee stand­ing up in a men’s uri­nal. She tried and failed to com­plete the ridicu­lous task for her ABC se­ries Ju­dith Lucy Is All Woman, start­ing on Wed­nes­day on ABC.

As part of a triple treat for the open­ing episode, Lucy dresses up as a bloke and heads down to a lo­cal RSL to buy a beer, get a girl’s phone num­ber and wee stand­ing up.

Lucy was equipped with a pros­thetic that al­lowed her to use a rub­ber pe­nis to uri­nate with.

When the time came to com­plete the last of her three tasks, in front of two cam­eras, she couldn’t.

“I was strapped in with a cou­ple of pairs of Y-fronts on and I was in­deed ca­pa­ble of uri­nat­ing stand­ing up and I had prac­tised it at home,” Lucy says.

“Then I went to do it, with two cam­eras on me, it just didn’t hap­pen.

“My part­ner had told me he had ex­pe­ri­enced it (stage fright) when a guy has came right up to him and I didn’t be­lieve him.

“You (males) now have my full sym­pa­thy and I’ll gladly use a cu­bi­cle any time.”

Af­ter parad­ing as a male in the RSL, Lucy then de­cides to come clean and tells the pa­trons that she truly is a fe­male and proud of it. Their re­ac­tion hurt. “What was re­ally dis­turb­ing was when I was telling the peo­ple I was re­ally a woman and they didn’t be­lieve me,” she says.

Lucy’s cross­dress­ing is just a mi­nor skit in the six-part se­ries which light­heart­edly looks at the stages of life.

She calls in some well­known faces like Bri­tish comic ge­nius Alan Davies ( QI), Syd­ney Swans AFL star Adam Goodes, Deb­o­rah Hut­ton, Anna Bligh and Julie Bishop.

There is also Aussie gag man Mick Mol­loy who com­petes in a battle of the sexes rou­tine with Lucy at the end of each episode.

“Com­edy is a good way to look at most top­ics and this looks at where women, and men for that mat­ter, are in Australia to­day,” she says.

“I hope it’s a show men will watch as well be­cause you can’t talk about with­out the other.”

The launch of the six-part se­ries ties in nicely with Lucy’s na­tional stand-up tour, Ask No Ques­tions Of The Moth which will start on March 14 at The Play­house in Can­berra.

The new se­ries

Ju­dith Lucy Is All Woman

will also fea­ture opin­ions from peo­ple as var­ied as Julie Bishop and Mick Mol­loy.

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