Having a ball on stage
Judith Lucy. Picture: Supplied.

Last year, Judith Lucy went on a quest for spiritual enlightenment. Through her ABC comedy-documentary series, Judith Lucy's Spiritual Journey, the Perth-born comedian embarked on a journey of self-discovery, which saw her examine her Catholic upbringing, explore different religions and travel to India to immerse herself in meditation and Buddhism.

So, on her return to the Perth stage this month, will audiences witness a more progressive and free-thinking Lucy than the cynical, sarcastic one they are familiar with?

"I don't know if there is anything terribly amusing about reflective, so probably not," Lucy said in her deadpan voice, which makes it hard to tell if she is serious or not.

"I do bang on about the TV show a bit, about the making of the show, so you will definitely be hearing a few stories from that.

"The person you'll see on stage, I will say, is someone who is enjoying stand-up more than they have for a very long time.

"I don't know whether I am calmer or more reflective - but I am having a ball."

It has been three years since Lucy, a comedy veteran with two decades of experience, went on tour. With this latest show, the 44-year-old said she was going back to basics and the name of the show, Judith Lucy - Nothing Fancy, said it all.

"I have certainly done shows in the past where I have had a bit of a narrative or theme or I have subjected my audience to bad singing and bad dancing as I have no talent in those areas," she said.

"But I thought with this show it was time to do something that was nothing fancy. It is really just a straightforward stand-up show where it is just me, a microphone and hopefully a s…load of gags."

Lucy is spending time in Perth ahead of her stand-up shows to have a holiday and fulfil her role as the inaugural patron for the Revelation Perth International Film Festival.

"I am really looking forward to that because Richard Sowada, 'Mister Revelation Film Festival', and I went to Curtin University together many years ago and studied theatre arts," she said.

"So I was rapt when he asked me to do that - and I get to hang out with Crispin Glover (Back to the Future, Charlie's Angels, Beowulf). I can't wait."

During her time in Perth, she is staying with her birth mother, Jan. Fans will be familiar with Jan and Lucy's colourful family history, which has been well-detailed over the years.

Stories of how she learnt of her adoption, struggled to come to terms with her adoptive parents' death and the discovery of her birth mum have been the heart and soul of her hilarious stories for 20 years, and have resonated with the public who often approach her to talk about their own experiences with similar issues.

"Most of the time people do talk to me like they know me and I guess because, let's face it, I have bored you senseless with stories about my life," she said.

"Believe me, I have heard lots of stories about nutty families and adoption and parents dying and I feel kind of privileged that people can share with me."

Following the tour, Lucy will finish her second book of memoirs, a follow-up to 2008's The Lucy Family Alphabet.

"I came up with the book before the television series. In a nutshell, it is more memoirs describing how I got to a point where I wanted to make a show about spirituality," she said.

"I have to say it is my answer to Eat Pray Love - and it will probably be called Drink Smoke Pass Out."

Judith Lucy — Nothing Fancy is at the Octagon Theatre from July 26-29. Book at BOCS; The Revelation Perth International Film Festival opens tomorrow and runs until July 15. Details: revelationfilmfest.org.

The West Australian

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