Lucy Porter is a Fringe household name by now. She even agrees to it herself as she admires her new venue, one of the biggest spaces the Pleasance Courtyard has. Porter is known for her petite appearance, her charming looks and her funny comments. She is easily recognisable amongst a big crowd of people, and will always have a smile on hand for anyone that talks to her.
Her routine is pretty familiar and recognisable too. Discussing the usual Porter-ings, love, relationships and her personal life, one wonders during her act if she will ever be able to go out there and do a completely different show. Not that what she works with is not great, as everyone enjoys her ramblings about her invisible dog, her made-up OCD (which she applies to relationships as well, as she believes we all have to be barking mad to be in love) or her dysfunctional relationships.
It’s just that, when you see her on stage, you have a feeling of déjà vu that you just don’t seem to be able to shake off. It’s like re-visiting an old friend. It’s familiar, it’s a great laugh and it’s good to see her again, but you have already heard her stories before and there isn’t much new to say.
If only Porter decided to go a bit more risqué and let her hair down, then we would see a new side of her that would totally blow us away.
Adrian G. Velazquez