Becky Lucas on sticking with her own comedy style

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NAME

Becky Lucas

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I work in the comedy and television industry but I'm primarily a stand up comedian

FAVOURITE BAND?

Bruce Springsteen and the E street band

FAVOURITE SONG?

I'm on fire

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WHY?

Sylvia Plath. When I read her stuff I feel less alone and I realise that life could be worse, I feel sad that she was born at a time when no one could understand her and I realise how lucky I am.

 

IS THIS WHAT YOU ALWAYS DREAMED OF?

I think so. I always wanted to write for comedy shows and I watched Seinfeld from a very young age, so I suppose the idea of doing standup was always there. There are moments where I feel like I'm definitely living the dream, and then there's gigs in shitty pubs where I try and figure out where it all went wrong.

THREE OF YOUR HARDEST MOMENTS?

1) Having my boyfriends entire family come to a show and absolutely bombing 2) Performing at a cattle station in front of 6 elderly couples who hated me 3) Being dumped and having to go onstage and pretend to be happy and make people laugh when I just felt like crying and eating a disgusting meal in bed

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO NEXT?

I would love to have a TV show with a bunch of my friends writing on it, as well as directing, producing and editing it. I get so much inspiration from the people I'm working with and I feel so lucky to be surrounded by such amazing talent. For me, the best thing would be having a vehicle to work with the people who I love and admire.

FORKS IN THE ROAD, HOW DO YOU MANAGE THEM?

I choose one and then relentlessly torture myself about what's happening on the other road.

 

DESCRIBE YOUR WORK ETHIC

Manic.

DO YOU HAVE RITUALS? WOULD YOU SHARE ONE WITH US?

I used to have superstitions about the clothes I would wear, in particular I used to have a pair of 'lucky' shoes that I was convinced made me funnier. As I go on though, I have less of those. My favourite thing now is to just have a drink with a friend and get into a fun mood before the show. That energy seems to rub off on the audience.

DO YOU HAVE A GIRL GANG? WHY DO YOU LOVE THEM?

Because a lot of my girlfriends live in different cities it would be hard to describe them as a 'gang'. But we've got a killer group chat and it's a constant source of comfort to me. I love them because they're all so genuine and real, we're all a bit anxious so no one ever gives each other a hard time for not replying to a message or cancelling on each other. We've all got a pretty good understanding of the fact that sometimes leaving the house is just too much to ask.

WHAT MAKES A WOMAN ELECTRIC?

The twinkle of intelligence in her eye.

 

HAVE YOU COME UP AGAINST RESISTANCE WITH WHAT YOU'RE DOING? HOW DID YOU MANAGE IT?

I think people in general like nice women, or the typical representation of 'nice'. I've always liked comedy that's a little bit mean and cutting. Men tend to get away with that style a lot more though, so as a woman doing that it can make people/audiences dislike you. I just try to barrel ahead and chisel away at finding people who like that about me.

WHAT MAKES YOU WANT TO GIVE UP? HOW DO YOU BOUNCE BACK?

Performing stand up to total strangers every night can be really exhausting. You're often getting up and talking about the most embarrassing parts of your life, and at the very least you're being vulnerable enough to ask people to make a judgment right there in the moment. Sometimes you just feel like going to dinner. It's not that hard to bounce back though, I get to work with some of the funniest people in the country so there's always someone there to chat to. Also, some audiences are just so cool that they make it all worth it.

WHAT WOMEN DO YOU LOOK UP TO?

Queen Elizabeth (jk) Patti Smith Chelsea Peretti Rihanna Frances McDormand

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DO YOU HAVE ANY LITTLE SECRETS TO FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION?

As much as you should believe in yourself, it's also important to try and suppress your arrogance as much as you can in the early years. There's so much ahead of you and that time can be used to soak up as much as you can and learn from people who have been doing it longer than you.

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A KID? HAS ANYTHING CHANGED?

I always felt very old from a young age, like I was already exhausted with it all haha. My mum said that when I was born the first thing I was look at her and roll my eyes. I think I was probably a precocious pain in the arse.

 

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A TEENAGER? WHAT MAJOR THINGS DID YOU COME TO REALISE AS YOU GREW UP?

I definitely went through way too many phases as a teen, the most embarrassing one being my 'hippy' phase. I maybe spent too much time trying to be cool and I should have just chilled out a bit and lived in the moment more. I'm glad I got it out of my system though, there's nothing worse than an adult who is still trying to figure out what their 'thing' is. It's like, buddy... 38 might be too old to wear an anklet.

Becky Lucas has upcoming shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra click here for details. Follow Becky on Twitter here and on Instagram.