It’s a ques­tion of hon­esty for Lucy

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Comedy - Tanya MacNaughton

PERTH co­me­dian Ju­dith Lucy’s stand-up ma­te­rial has al­ways been about turn­ing lemons in to lemon­ade and her lat­est show Ask No Ques­tions of the Moth is no ex­cep­tion.

Last year, the 47-year-old lost her brother to can­cer and had to deal with early menopause.

“Any­one who has seen my stand-up be­fore knows that I kind of bang on about ev­ery­thing that’s hap­pened to me since the last time I did a stand-up show,” Lucy said. “So I talk about ev­ery­thing that hap­pened to me last year and a lot of that is also about mak­ing the tele­vi­sion show Ju­dith Lucy is All Woman for the ABC, and the fact that I’m in a re­la­tion­ship and why we’re drink­ing juices out of jars.

“I talk about a lot of things, so it’s not just ‘oh god, last year was a ter­ri­ble year’ but the re­al­ity is most peo­ple don’t seek co­me­di­ans for them to walk out and say ‘I’m so happy, so in love and last year was bril­liant’.”

Lucy said the ex­pe­ri­ence years ago of find­ing out on Christ­mas Day she was adopted taught her to sort through any is­sues be­fore tak­ing them on stage.

“Ob­vi­ously I was in shock and as soon as I got back to Mel­bourne, which was about three weeks later, I got up on­stage and started talk­ing about it,” she said. “Frankly, it was met by mys­ti­fied si­lence by the au­di­ence be­cause I think it was just re­ally ob­vi­ous that I was still up­set about it.

“I think some­times writ­ing a book can be quite cathar­tic but while do­ing stand-up, au­di­ences are like wolves and then can smell it on you if you’re still wor­ried, anx­ious or sad.

“The other thing, though, is that be­cause some peo­ple have been see­ing me for a long time, it’s felt a bit like we’ve grown up to­gether. It gen­er­ally means peo­ple feel they know me and are com­fort­able telling me sto­ries about their crazy fam­i­lies or some­thing, which I re­ally like.”

Lucy at­trib­uted the ti­tle of her show to a line from 12th cen­tury Sufi mys­tic poem Con­fer­ence of the Birds, which she dis­cov­ered while googling.

Her manager Kev, who was the brains be­hind her pub­lic­ity shot for the tour, had a moth cos­tume from a pro­gram on the ABC.

“So he sug­gested I wear it for the poster and the rest is his­tory,” she said. “I’m never one to be crazy about hav­ing my photo taken but I ac­tu­ally find it more en­joy­able when I am look­ing a bit ridicu­lous.”

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