Please tell us about your brand of comedy- what can audiences expect?

Lucy Porter

Lucy Porter

It's a little bit of everything really. Mostly silly, chatty stories about my life as a suburban mum of two but there is also a little bit of politics. At the moment, there's quite a lengthy discussion of falconry and sheep shearing but those may get a bit more brief as the show goes on.

Which comedians have been your biggest influence?

The brilliant Irish comedian Dave Allen was the person who got me interested in comedy. Victoria Wood was my childhood heroine. When I actually started doing comedy myself Jo Brand was my role model.

What random things make you laugh in everyday life?

Some of the things my kids say and do are pretty random. They've got a game where they pretend to be cats and I'm the cat show judge. It always starts off with us laughing and having fun but in the end I get too involved my role, turn into Simon Cowell and make them cry.

Please tell us about your best and worst moment on stage so far.

Best was probably playing Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Worst was probably when I fell over at a gig in Brighton If was an awful onstage moment that became a really embarrassing off-stage moment because I fell into a man's lap on the front row.

Do you still get nervous when you do a gig?

Nope. Since I had kids being onstage is the most relaxing part of my day. No one's asking me for anything and I get to talk without interruption.

Why is Edinburgh Fringe Festival such a great platform for comedians?

It's just a great laugh for comedians. We all love being in the same city as our mates and there's a great creative buzz about the city.

Who are you looking forward to seeing as an audience member?

I have lots of lovely regulars who come and see me every year, so I am looking forward to seeing them. I'm looking forward to not seeing my husband in the audience - he has to stay at home and look after the kids whilst I'm at work so it means I get to say whatever I like about him onstage.

What is your advice to aspiring comedians?

You will look back on those terrible early gigs and laugh. Even the ones where nobody turns up or you forget everything you wanted to say. It might take a while to see the funny side but eventually you will.

What is the oddest heckle you've ever received?

"I defer the egg". You had to be there.

What is next for you?

A sitcom I've written called The Fair Intellectual Club will be on Radio 4 this Autumn. I'm writing a children's book and a play too.

Lucy Porter's new stand up show 'Consequences' will be at the Pleasance Courtyard Forth for the month of August for tickets go to www.edfringe.com


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