Edinburgh Fringe: Lucy Porter interview

Consequences is a brand new stand-up show from perennial Fringe favourite Lucy Porter, who’s also a regular on TV and radio (QI, Mock the Week, The News Quiz). Lucy’s festival shows are always sell-out hits and 2016 promises to be no exception. This is a heartfelt and hilarious hour of personal revelation and political observation. Lucy will cover some or all of the following: censorship, generational conflict, theological ethics, home-brewing, quizzing, Britpop of the 1990s, falconry and Gary Wilmot. AAA caught up with Lucy for a chat.

How has your Fringe been so far?

A delight as always. This is the 25th anniversary of my first visit to the Fringe, and I still love it as much as I did in the last millennium.

Tell us about the show you’re in…

Its called Consequences and it’s about how life never turns out like you expected. It’s also partly about falconry and Brian May.

What’s the audience reaction been like?

Fringe audiences are a lovely bunch – very warm and responsive, even in the first days of the festival when I’m struggling to remember all the things I wanted to say.

When did you realise you were funny?

At primary school when I wrote a ghost story and the teacher made me read it out and everyone laughed. I was going for terror rather than humour, but I was happy to take what I could get.

Were you the class clown?

Inadvertently yes, apparently.

Can comedians get away with saying things no one else can?

I have some pretty strong thoughts about sheep-shearing that I express in this show, so I’ll let you know.

Was there a comedian who inspired you?

So many, but Dave Allen was probably the first comedian I ever truly loved.

Are there any other shows on this year’s Fringe you’d recommend?

Danielle Ward, Sarah Kendall, Viv Groskop, Wendy Wason, Tiff Stevenson, Zoe Lyons …

What’s on your hit-list to see?

Loads of shows with my kids – I don’t really get out much at night now, so I am really looking forward to Nick Cope at the Gilded Balloon, who does fantastic songs for children that parents love too.

What do you like to do in Edinburgh on your day off?

Go to North Berwick for a change of scene and a change of air.

Can you recommend a bar or restaurant in Edinburgh?

I probably eat at the Red Box noodle bar on West Nicholson Street more than anywhere else, so quick, so healthy.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen this year?

The show that’s on after me in my venue – Mr Swallow’s Houdini – has the most incredible props backstage. I can’t give away what they are but they promise a spectacular show. I haven’t managed to see it yet, but I can’t wait.

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

Falconry, mayors, The Smiths, lower back pain, scissoring, Michelle Obama.

Lucy Porter: Consequences, Pleasance Courtyard, 3 – 28 August 2016 (not 15, 22), 5:30pm, www.edfringe.com

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