Becky Lucas is undoubtedly a quirky, savvy, and grounded comedian whose name is becoming very prevalent in the comedy world. Her second solo show ‘Baby’ is currently generating a fair buzz at this year’s comedy festival, and is a fantastic array of top-notch observations, honest admissions, gritty stories, and wonderful andedotes; a smart collection of material presented by a comic who knows who she is and what draws the crowd on her side. From bold confessions of her childhood, to observations of ‘dad nods’ received over cat-calls, and the sensible ideas and real life games of finding each other’s abominable doppelganger, this show is full of refreshingly relatable subject matter. It is this feeling that the kooky ideas resonate, coupled with the smooth and solid presence of Lucas as a performer, that make ‘Baby’ a joyfully reflective and humourous hour.
There are moments during a comedy show where, as a spectator, you can get drawn into a performer through insights into their way of thinking and the stories that they share. Occasionally, you can recognise that sometimes an exaggeration here or there, or a thought pattern that plays out better for comedic effect, helps keep the show roll at a peak level. There is something about Lucas that feels so naturally mastered that makes the crowd appreciate that these thoughts and experiences have needed no touching up for effect. It is a pleasing and growing trend in comedy, and Lucas is right up there as somebody who has got a grip on a naturally comedic identity, and knows how to captivate.
Corey M. Glamuzina is a Melbourne-based actor, writer, improvisor and comedian with an avid involvement in the art of theatre and film.
‘Becky Lucas – Baby’ runs from the 24th March – 17th April, (no shows Mondays), at the Victoria Hotel – Acacia Room. The venue is accessible.
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