Lucy Beaumont – Live Review – Junction Goole
By Rachael Popow, November 2019
The last time I went to see a stand-up comedian at Junction in Goole it was the town’s own native son Ian Smith. Lucy Beaumont and her support act, Amy Gledhill, aren’t quite that local, but they are both from Hull, so there is some East Yorkshire solidarity with the audience.
Both of them break the ice by claiming to be relieved to be playing to northerners who will not only be able to make out what they are saying, but will also know that their stories of life in Hull (a city that, according to Beaumont, is filled with ‘warm-hearted, confrontational people’) aren’t exaggerated. And it turns out that the residents of Goole are only too happy to laugh at jokes about the Hull accent and the more bizarre headlines in the Hull Daily Mail.
But while it would be interesting to know how some of that material goes down at a venue that isn’t on a bus route to their home city, neither of them solely rely on the local connection for laughs.
Gledhill, bravely battling on despite audibly losing her voice, gives us observations about her favourite aspect of sleeping with someone for the first time, and some inspired (and unexpected) sound effects, while the bulk of Beaumont’s performance is based on her Edinburgh show ‘Space-Mam’, which draws heavily on her experiences of motherhood.
As the title suggests, for Beaumont it’s a bit like having your life taken over by an alien life-form. She recounts being so tired that she once forgot her child’s name, and also shares some of the strange and vaguely sinister plastic tat that her daughter has accumulated. There are also some passing references to her husband and fellow stand-up, Jon Richardson of 8 Out of 10 Cats fame.
Even if you’re not a parent, her observations are consistently funny. In fact, some of her jokes might be a little too relatable – when she talks about her flexible approach to veganism, it inspires a couple of people in the audience to start their own conversation about a disappointing dairy-free breakfast they once had.
Luckily, Beaumont is able to shut that down fairly quickly. While her on stage persona might seem mild and guileless (she launches into one delightfully random anecdote by saying “what else have I got to tell you?”), she’s clearly skilled at controlling the audience.
And that one brief interlude aside, she has us totally on her side, even getting us to enthusiastically join in a singalong at one point.
That’s not just down to being a semi-local. At one point, Beaumont says it takes 10 years to be a stand-up and she’s nine years in. She’s definitely a comedian who’s hitting her stride.