Having seen a Tweet from Inter:Mission saying that they needed someone to cover Lucy’s gig at the Comedy Box on 25 April I thought, why not? It turns out that spontaneity of decision-making crops up early in Lucy’s gig.
Lucy unconventionally was her own warm-up act, and one of her early stories relates to the ease of collecting a group of friends together for a night out in her twenties versus the three month build up via a Facebook event for getting friends together once in your thirties.
The warm up section of Lucy’s act dealt briefly with an outline of the main act along with stories relating to her recent pregnancies and her inability to deal with strangers cooing over her pregnant belly.
This was not a warm up for the easily offended or the squeamish although the loudest laughs were coming from the group of young lads at the front who Lucy adroitly noted were obviously childless. While I am desperate to share Lucy’s favourite joke of the night I do not want to ruin future gigs, just know that when it comes it is a belter.
As the evening progressed Lucy and the crowd fell into the rhythm of her comedy and the laughs were more free-flowing her impression of an angry Dom Littlewood brought tears to my eyes.
Her examination of people’s inner lives through the medium of Argos website reviews was certainly an unusual angle to take.
The main portion of the gig focuses on Lucy’s experience with making a new friend after realising: “In your thirties your friends just disappear. I don’t mean they die, they all move to Birmingham – which is worse.”
The story evolves via gentle scene setting and at no point did the story or jokes feel laboured. Whilst I feel I can say there was a surprising twist at the end I won’t go into details suffice to say that it came completely out of the blue and resulted in the biggest laugh of the night.
Lucy may not be the most cutting edge comedian on the circuit but the jokes were spot on, the stories engaging and everyone I saw left with a smile on their face.