In 2013, Lucy and Denise Scott teamed up for a new live show The Spiral which made its debut at the Melbourne Comedy Festival before touring nationally. An experience so odd that she was often met with the response, 'You're adopted! Neil Diamond can never to be looked at the same again, I think of Judith Lucy's father now and shake my head. Judith Lucy is one of Australia's best-known comedians; this is her first work. Neil Diamond can never to be looked at the same again, I think of Judith Lucy's father now and shake my head. Judith Lucy is an Australian comedian whose stand up routines crack me up so I had high expectations of this book and they were met. Judith Lucy has been cracking jokes about her parents for years.
You m This was a great read. Her mother was afraid of water and shampoo, ate only cream-cheese and raspberry cordial, and refused to let Judith go swimming or turn off any appliances. Every family has their stories, just some families have stories which are a little more memorable than others. It was spiky and very self-deprecating in nature, and I realise now that it partially rubbed me the wrong way as it was a reflection of the way I behaved, in the belief that fatalism and grim self-excoriation was an excellent protective shield against the Shit of the World. Brave, smart and remarkably kind, she reserves her most scathing remarks for catholic priests, and nails the catholic mindset with absolute accuracy. The bestselling memoir by one of Australia's best-loved comedians Judith Lucy has been cracking jokes about her parents for much of her career.
Of course they were easier on the eye than their male counterparts, and matched them with their chops in the notoriously difficult art of making the punters laugh. But when a birth relative's casual comment implied that she despised them, Judith was shocked. I loved this book just as I expected I would. The kicker is that Lucy has two families: the family she draws her stage banter from, and her birth mother - about whom she was told by accident at age 25. So Judith decided it was time to write the full story of her parents and her childhood.
This is a great read and it gave me so much more respect for Lucy as a comed I've always enjoyed Judith Lucy's dry wit and humour, so was greatly relieved that her family memoir was the same Lucy humour. Rather than being told in chronological order, the book is divided into alphabetised sections, starting with A is for Adoption and ending with Z is for Zorba as in Zorba the Greek. Judith Lucy is an Australian comedian whose stand up routines crack me up so I had high expectations of this book and they were met. I heard this program just after reading the Lucy Family alphabet. Archived from on 4 March 2016.
Instead, I found an amazing and, at times, painful journey through Lucy's upbringing, an upbringing she had to come to terms with and fully understand as an adult - having discovered at 25 she was actually adopted. I laughed out loud several times but there are heartbreaking moments, too. As i was reading I imagined her very unique voice and tone. She knew no one but her withholding husband, her children and the family's psychotic pets. Her father wore makeup, loved car crashes and pretended to be retarded to get into the football for free. This was a really good read, which definitely sticks with you after the pages are closed.
Her childhood was not a happy place and there is much pathos in this book as she battles to keep it all together with a mother and father who were not the most nurturing twosome to be born to. I enjoyed this immensely, I already liked Judith Lucy's style of comedy. How inspiring however that such amazing high achievers like Judith and her now late and brilliant brother Niall could be spawned from this kind of seemingly uninspiring and negative family environment. That said, she was also the woman who claimed the shower didn't work for the first 15 years of Judith's life, she used to use 'dry shampoo' on her kids' heads because the wet stuff was difficult to use in the weekly family bath? Some of the stories are really funny. I am not the biggest fan of Lucy's stand-up, so I was expecting this to be a collection of gags as some comedian memoirs can be.
Lucy is funny and moving. From 'A is for Adoption to Z is for Zorba, this is the full story of one particular family, shown at their best, at their worst, and every letter in between. Her Dad was like any other narcisstic man that you don't have to go back in time to meet, unfortunately. I learned a lot about Judith Lucy listening to this and found that, although I've always found her stand-up hilarious, I now truly respect her as a person. There's something for everyone, whether it's H is for hanky-panky or N is for Neil Diamond.
Why is comedy so often the vehicle for articulating deep personal tragedy and struggles with darkness? Due in part to a bout of insomnia, I read it from A to Z literally in less than a day and even cried a little at the end. I heard this program just after reading the Lucy Family alphabet. Rather than being told in chronological order, the book is divided into alphabetised sections, starting with A is for Adoption and ending with Z is for Zorba as in Zorba the Greek. From 'A is for Adoption to Z is for Zorba, this is the full story of one particular family, shown at their best, at their worst, and every letter in between. There were many points of laughterHer parents reminded me of mine and I am adopted and can identify with her issues, so that may influence my appreciation for her dry humour. In 2015, Lucy performed a solo show Ask No Questions of the Moth which won the award for best live comedy at the 2015.
There is no woe is me, or feel sorry for me, or bitterness. Judith Lucy's story is really about her very dysfunctional adoptive parents who make her life hell - definitely warts and all. They are simply fantastic — they make our world so much funnier, and therefore a much happier place to be in. I could not put this book down. Judith Lucy is one of Australia's best-known comedians; this is her first work. But when a birth relative's casual comment implied that she despised them, Judith was shocked. On reading about the bizarre personality traits of both her parents, it is little wonder that comedy became her chosen career path.
Sure, she had been talking about Ann and Tony Lucy like they were one-dimensional Irish nut bags who had ruined her life for years, but there was always more to them and her own feelings than that. This is where the book starts and she describes, with honesty and hilarity, growing up with her 'lunatic' parents. Her mother was an inveterate liar who was fixated on staying slim, and had a range of irrational fears that she foisted on her children. Niall, Judith's brother, reads like the hero of the book- crusader of normality and unyielding loyalty. In amongst the gags Judith explores the people her parents were and the impact of finding out - at twenty-five - that she was adopted. It seemed unlikely I'd get a copy of his book unless I went back to Australia, but luckily, a kind woman whose name is written in the used copy I now own somehow procured it, read it and then donated it to be resold somewhere down the line - to me.