Judith Lucy is one of Australia’s most popular comedians, her a ream of sell-out national tours and well loved work in TV and film making her the antipodean household name she is today. Also a best-selling author, Judith Lucy is known primarily for her stand-up comedy, a career which she first embarked three decades ago.
Rising to national prominence in 1993 after joining the cast of ABC TV’s The Late Show, her television appearances have been many and varied, with her first solo TV show Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey (ABC) launching in 2011 as an irreverent exploration of her catholic childhood and atheist awakening. In 2015, Judith wrote, produced and starred in the successful series Judith Lucy Is All Woman, (also ABC) where she tries to work out if the battle of the sexes is still in progress and if so, who on earth is winning.
A magnificent storyteller, it is Judith’s distinctive stage shows though that set her apart. Painfully honest and joyously observed, she’s a naturally disarming presence and always the first to admit when she has made a complete ass of herself. Unsurprising then that Judith’s live audiences have grown every year since her first solo show in 1995. She has sold out countless theatrical runs in Australia and has taken her shows to Montreal, Edinburgh and London’s West End. Her 2012 show, Ask No Questions of the Moth, went on to win the prestigious 2015 Helpmann Award for Comedy, and was praised for turning life’s challenges into “comedy gold.” (The Guardian)
Watch Judith Lucy: Ask No Questions of the Moth
After three years away from the stage, Australian comedy superstar Judith Lucy is back on fine form and taking on the challenges of the last year, from dealing with her brother’s death to dancing her way (literally) through the early menopause. Inspired by the time she describes as ‘the worst year of my life’, Lucy finds the sheer unadulterated comedy in tragedy, delivered to perfection with her distinctive, disarming style.
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Born and raised in Perth, Lucy studied theatre at Curtin University before moving to Melbourne aged 20. It was there that Lucy embarked on a career as a stand-up comedian, leading to a series of highly successful one-woman shows, including No Waiter I Ordered the Avocado (1991), King Of The Road (1995), An Impossible Dream (1996), The Show (1998), The Show 2 (1999), Colour Me Judith (2000), I’m Going to Learn How to Fly (2001), I Failed! (2006) (based on her short-lived career on the 2Day FM breakfast show), and Judith Lucy’s Not Getting Any Younger (2009). Speaking to Time Out about her comedy inspirations Judith reflects “I think we’re all an amalgamation of a million things. My brother… got me reading books by Kurt Vonnegut and things like “Catch-22” when I was really young. And then, of course, the people I hung out with at school. I grew up, like a lot of people my age, watching American sitcoms – anything from “Gilligan’s Island” to “Get Smart”. And then there were a lot of British sitcoms… so here’s hoping “Are You Being Served?” has really informed my outlook on life. It’s quite a formula. And a winning combination!”.
Lucy toured nationally across Australia in 2009 with her ninth one-woman show, Judith Lucy’s Not Getting Any Younger marking 20 years in stand up comedy since she performed her first gig in Melbourne at ‘Le Joke’ in 1989.
The release of her first book The Lucy Family Alphabet in 2008 introduced a whole new set of fans to Judith’s work. The memoirs of her bitterly funny family estrangement quickly became a best-seller, cementing Judith as a popular author in her own right. She followed this up with the release of her second book, Drink, Smoke, Pass Out in which she tries to find out if there’s more to life than wanting to suck tequila out of Ryan Gosling’s navel.
Over the years Judith has also turned her hand to acting, having appeared in the feature films Crackerjack and Bad Eggs. Most recently she scored a role as a racist publican in the hit Aussie production The Sapphires, which made it to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. In 2013, Lucy and Denise Scott teamed up for a new live show The Spiral which made its debut at the Melbourne Comedy Festival before touring nationally. In 2017, Lucy teamed up with Denise again for a new live show entitled Disappointments which commenced touring Australia and performed in Melbourne as part of that city’s annual International Comedy Festival.
She’s certainly served her time on the circuit. But what’s the secret to Judith’s remarkable longevity? “I have a lack of anything else to fall back on, so I just keep throwing myself against a wall. But I’ve done a lot of different things: books, television, radio and live stand-up, which means people don’t get too sick of me. I hope this is because I mix it up and also because I’m not completely shit. I’ve been doing it for such a long time and audiences have been coming to see me for a long time so, without sounding like a bit of a dick, I feel like we’ve got a bit of a relationship”.