Writer: Lucy Porter
Reviewer: Tom Ralphs
If you like your comedy safe, you’ll like Lucy Porter. If you like Lucy Porter, you’ll like Pass It On. It really is as simple as that. Porter has been a regular at the Fringe for longer than almost any other comedian appearing this year and her audience has grown up with her.
This time round her main themes are the menopause and the legacy that we leave behind. The latter has been prompted by the death of her parents during the last three years. Alongside this there are a wide range of anecdotes about Marks and Spencer jeans, charity raffles and working as a voiceover artist for someone that the term ‘sexist dinosaur’ could have been invented for.
It seldom reaches the level of laugh out loud humour and apart from a brief diversion into the demise of David Cameron and Tony Blair’s political legacies, the comedy stays very much at the level of personal experience and stories.
A routine where Porter talks about her enjoyment of hosting business award evenings and reels of a list of puns that can accompany awards for plumbers and other professions perhaps best highlights her particular brand of inoffensive comedy.
Porter’s reflections on her mother’s thoughts as she approached the end of her life lead on to more material looking at the things that can define a life, and make it worthwhile, even if it may seem insignificant. There’s a philosophical tone to this, but she stays largely at the surface level of the topic, avoiding anything that may trouble a BBC TV audience.
A bit like many long-established musicians and groups, Porter’s most inventive and creative phase seems behind her and while each new piece of work has its moments it fails to generate the excitement of the early stuff. It’s a good, rather than a great, show. The loyal fan base will always be there and Porter knows what they like and delivers a show that meets their expectations, even if it won’t win over any new supporters.
Runs until 26 August 2018 | Image: Contributed