Lucy Porter talks about EastEnders, Mastermind, Victoria Wood and her new show, Wake Up Call, coming to Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
Our Six of the Best podcaster Kevin Hurst chats to famous faces using questions given to him by a chosen group or individual and this time he got to talk to comedian Lucy Porter.
The brilliantly funny actress, writer, voiceover artist and podcaster talked about appearing on EastEnders, being a Celebrity Mastermind Champion of Champions with her love of Victoria Wood as well as her current stand up tour, Wake Up Call, which will be at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds on May 12.
►When did you first start in comedy and what made you want to take to the stage?
“I have always loved comedy, as my mum and dad were huge comedy fans, so Billy Connelly and Dave Allen were like my babysitters and I used to watch them all the time.
“I would do impressions of Dave Allen for my mum and dad, with a glass of whisky and one of my dad’s cigarettes lit – because it the 80s we did that sort of thing.
“I went to Manchester University, in the early 90s, and there was a comedy scene with people like Steve Coogan, Caroline Aherne and John Thompson all doing comedy clubs.
“I thought I would give it a go myself, my first show was at Alexander’s Jazz Bar in Chester, where I did an open mic slot and I have never looked back.”
►What is your process of putting a tour like Wake Up Call together?
“Just before we started speaking I was looking through my notes on my phone, because what I do is, I have my best ideas when I am driving and I can’t write anything down.
“So I do a ‘Hey Siri’ and I dictate a note which is never anything like what I intended it to be and then I have to decipher it, like decoding the Rosetta Stone, to find out what I was banging on about.”
Lucy Porter’s new tour, Wake Up Call, will be at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds on May 12.