Lucy Porter - Northern Soul

Unity Theatre, Liverpool
24th October 2013

Reviewed by Sarah Ryan

Cultural identity, and the need to fit in, don’t always make for happy comedy bedfellows, but Lucy Porter’s journey to release the inner Northerner from her Croydon roots delivers some sharply observed anecdotes and one-liners.

You might have seen her gracing the TV screen on shows such as Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Mock the Week as the token funny lass, and Lucy’s search for ‘Northern Soul’ certainly hits the spot. Her anecdotes are finely observed and very funny.

She roams from the perils of being female, turning forty and suddenly becoming invisible - ‘middle aged ninja’ - to outing Dave Lee Travis for ‘groping her tits’, when she described her time working at Granada, as sounding like an ‘Operation Yewtree wish list’!

Her summary of Croydon’s charms; the birthplace of Darth Vader, Kate Moss and Sir Philip Green‘ - ‘tax dodger and eco terrorist’ - and the ‘place where all the robbed stuff ends up’ was hilarious.

Not satisfied with giving Croydon a bit of a bashing, she turned a number of stones, including the gay wing of the IRA, - ‘fabulous balaclavas’ - the ‘80’s, the Lake District - like ‘Bladerunner' with packed lunches - and miserable men.

So sorry Morrissey, but according to Lucy you’ve gone from being the ‘voice of her adolescence’ to being a ‘bit of a bell end’! Don’t sue me, she said it not me!A night with Lucy is like a night out with a very sharp mate, self-deprecating with a keen edge. Try and catch her, she’s contagious.

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Comment left by Miss M on 26th September, 2014 at 16:11
Strange how she used DLT groping her tits in her comedy routine and then now complains about it, said nothing before to further her career and then uses it as comedy material?!. Was right decision not to throw him in prison today based on this, but as for other offences he probably did to others who did not joke about it or not day anything to protect their careers then yes he should be locked up. Absolutely shameful behaviour from her, not one thought for other women and girls who may have had worse happen to them

Comment left by Mike on 26th September, 2014 at 16:39
Could not agree more Miss M. I have not followed the court case but presume that this came out during the trial & if so there shouldn't have been a trial as the victim is far from traumatised & it happened so long ago.

Comment left by Miss M on 26th September, 2014 at 18:10
I haven't followed any of them at all, apart from the one I was deeply involved with because I reported the sick celeb now doing many years and his accomplices. But yesterday I looked up the researchers on Mrs Merton and didn't take long after to find comments from ages ago about Lucy joking about it

Comment left by Mr C on 28th September, 2014 at 21:51
Er right, so a crime should only be a crime if it happened recently and left somebody traumatised? Don't be preposterous.

Comment left by Reason on 9th October, 2014 at 14:27
Mr C: It's not a crime as she stated in Richard Herring's Edinburgh 2012 podcast "Dave Lee Travis did once I don't know whether intentionally or accidentally grabbed my boob."