Ask No Questions of the Moth | Judith LucyArguably one of Australia’s best female comedians, Judith Lucy, has done what many have tried and failed to do, she’s built herself a sustained career in the entertainment business and kept a following of loyal fans.

Admittedly those fans are now approaching middle-age but Lucy’s humour which, like all good comedians, is drawn from her own experiences, is relevant to their lives.

My favourite part of her new show is her improvised comedy. She begins the show by taking herself into the audience and talking to the people lucky enough (or unlucky depending on your outlook) to be sitting in the front row. It’s amazing what people are willing to tell her and how quickly she can translate it into crowd-pleasing laughter. She specifically looks for someone young in the audience and then warns them that they are about to learn a lot of things they didn’t want to know about middle-aged women.

Against the backdrop of a family photograph of her Holy Communion, Lucy reflects on her life so far, from her early Catholic upbringings to losing those dear to her, her parents and just last year, her brother.

There’s good news too, Lucy has met a man 12 years her junior, providing plenty of fodder for “cougar” jokes. Her set about trying to maintain her sex appeal while going through a myriad of early menopause symptoms had the audience eating out of the palm of her hand.

Lucy’s humour is dry and self-deprecating, but she does take a hit back at the people she encounters that pity her because she was single for so long and missed the chance to have children. There are also plenty of the usual dick and vagina jokes – taking in new trends, “dick pics” sent via social media dating sites and “vagina mints” to keep everything smelling fresh down below. 

Her recent ABC six-part series, Judith Lucy is All Woman, provides the material for jokes about jelly wrestling, being reprimanded for bad mothering of a black robot baby and politicians, after her interview with Minister Julie Bishop.

Lucy ends her performance with a reference to the title of her show. She quotes a line from a poem by Attar of Nishapur, a Persian poet and mystical philosopher, which references the speed at which our lives pass us by “the whole thing happened quicker than a breath; ask no questions of the moth.” A subtle reminder perhaps from Lucy, that joking aside, life is short. 

Judith Lucy

Venue: Perth Concert Hall | 5 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Dates: Thu 9 & Fri 10 July
Time: 7.30pm
Ticket Prices: All tix $50
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Venue: Darwin Entertainment Centre | 93 Mitchell St, Darwin
Date: Sun 12 July
Time: 6.30pm
Bookings: or 8980 3333

Venue: Civic Theatre Newcastle | 375 Hunter Street, Newcastle
Dates: Sat 18 July
Time: 7.30pm
Ticket Prices: Full $44.90 Conc $42.90
Bookings: | 132 849

Venue: Enmore Theatre | 118 Enmore Road
Dates: Fri 31 July, Sat 1 August & Fri 28 August
Time: Fri 7.30pm, Sat 7pm
Ticket Prices: All tix $50
Bookings: | 132 849

Venue: Concourse Theatre, Concert Hall | 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood
Dates: Sun 2 August
Time: 6.30pm
Ticket Prices: All tix $50
Bookings: | 132 849

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