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
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.