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Unemployment inspires comedy tour

After joining forces for their critically acclaimed stand-up tour The Spiral in 2013, Judith Lucy and Denise Scott are back for round two with even more uncouth, hilarious and no-holds-barred comedy material under their belts.

Their first tour was a big hit, with the pair fronting a string of sold-out shows across the country as they laid bare their grievances with life, namely recounting their experiences of writing their separate memoirs.

But what exactly spurred the seasoned comedians to reunite for their latest comedy tour, Disappointments?

“Unemployment,” Lucy deadpans, to which Scott concurs: “That led to disappointments and bingity-bang, there’s the name of the show.”

It’s hard to believe that the duo — who have been on Australia’s comedy scene for close to 60 years between them, during which they have also been part of a string of TV shows — have been hit with a shortage of work, but Lucy claims it was their sparse schedules that inspired their second tour.

“We really enjoyed doing The Spiral together, and we kept saying we should do another show together,” Lucy says.

“In the heady years of 2014 and 2015, we actually both had jobs and things to do, so it didn’t happen. So we were really looking at a very, very open diary in 2017 so we thought it’s all falling into place, let’s do a show together.”

A “self-loathing” sequel of sorts to The Spiral, their latest tour encapsulates their biggest disappointments in life, from their career pitfalls (both had TV projects rejected last year) and personal struggles to health ailments (Scott refers to her onset of “arthritis” while Lucy makes mention of early menopause).

“It focuses on the disappointments of life, and in the end it’s a triumph though, let me tell you,” Scott says. “We do leave the audience feeling better about themselves and thrilled that they’re not us.”

Lucy adds: “Ultimately it’s about embracing your disappointments.

“You name it, we’ve had it — career disappointments, personal disappointments, physical disappointments, a smorgasbord.

“We talk about our own disappointments but we feel they’re quite universal. We both had a bit of a s….. year last year so both of us were struggling to get out of bed but we somehow managed to turn those lemons into lemonade.

“I think the other thing is, it will be such a revelation to people because I feel that up until this point, everyone has thought Denise and I were just perfect. But you will walk out of the theatre just feeling tremendous.”

Kicking off in Adelaide earlier this month, the show has already received rave reviews.

But given the personal, self-deprecating nature of their shows, has it been therapeutic for the duo to share their own disappointments with fans?

“Not at all,” they say simultaneously.

“We don’t feel any better but we’re soldiering on,” Scott says.

“Because we’ve been doing this show in Adelaide, and it’s been going really well, audiences have been loving it, but each day we meet and tick off our moments of self-loathing for the day.”

“It’s not about us feeling better it’s about (our fans),” Lucy adds.

“We’re already planning a third show called, ‘We still hate ourselves’.”

Originally from Perth, Lucy admits she still gets the pre-show jitters ahead of fronting a WA crowd.

“But I generally find WA audiences pretty damn enthusiastic,” she says. “And it’s pretty special to be doing the (Perth) show on my birthday in the place I was born.”

But far from disappointing for Lucy is the fact she appears in Stan’s new six-part comedy series, One Night Stan.

Revisiting the hilarious material from her 2015 Helpmann Award-winning stand-up show Ask No Questions of the Moth, the 48-year-old is among a raft of home-grown comedians including Wil Anderson, Tom Gleeson, Celia Pacquola, Tom Ballard and Sam Simmons to feature in the series filmed live at at Melbourne’s iconic Comedy Theatre.

Her episode will stream on April 21.

Disappointments is at Perth Concert Hall for two shows on Saturday. Tickets from Ticketmaster. One Night Stan streams on Stan from Friday.

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