Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Angelic Lucy Is Giving Us the Good Life

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Angelic Lucy Is Giving Us the Good Life

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Byline: By Sam Wonfor

Lucy Porter is on a mission to be a better person ... and can't wait to tell us all about how she's failing wholeheartedly, but not miserably.

Her latest stand-up show, The Good Life brings her to The Hyena in Newcastle tomorrow night.

"It's a show about failure and disappointment ( but in a happy way," the diminutive 33-year-old says.

"We didn't have a Newcastle date on last year's tour," she adds, apologetically, "But this year we're playing the lovely Hyena, which I have played many times before to varying levels of success," she laughs.

"The show is loosely based on the Edinburgh show I did last year. It's basically my quest to be a better person. To be morally emotionally, spiritually and physically the best that I can be. And as you can probably guess, it's not about that being a roaring success."

Even if you don't count yourself as a particularly avid fan of stand-up comedy, don't be surprised if you recognise Lucy. And if you aren't familiar with her face, you'll probably have heard her on the radio, or at least will have been party to something she's written.

You see, when it comes to comedy (and the odd bit of acting), Lucy is what you might call a Jacqueline of all trades.

As well as her 11-year-and-counting stand-up career (five acclaimed Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs, one 33-date sell-out UK tour, performances in Las Vegas and New York etc etc), Lucy has written (and often performed) reams for radio, including the popular Parsons and Naylor's Pull Out Section and Powder Room on BBCRadio 2.

She can also be seen giving her opinions on more than a satchel-full of 100 Best things-type TV compilation shows, as well as making a raft of appearances on shows such as The Comedy Store, Have I Got News For You and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

She's also in the throes of writing a novel and ( oh yes ( starred in a six-month run of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest alongside bona fide Hollywood fella, Christian Slater.

"I'm generally happy to say yes to anything that gets offered," she says honestly. "I realise that it's probably not the best career plan and I used to think 'no, one must only do things which one believes in creatively and artistically' ( but I'm not really that ambitious really, and actually it's kind of easier to make a living if you say yes to everything.

"Obviously I wouldn't do anything that I found to be morally reprehensible but other than that, I'm pretty much up for whatever."

It has to be said that her somewhat gung-ho attitude to work has worked pretty well for Lucy so far and often throws up some surprises ( the aforementioned run in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest being one big example.

"I never thought I wanted to act ( in fact I really thought that I didn't want to act," says Lucy. …

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