Pleasance: Forth – 2nd – 27th August


Heading from your TV screen to the Edinburgh stage, Lucy Porter returns to the Fringe with her new show Choose Your Battles at the Pleasance from the 2nd – 27th August.

Have you ever wished you’d told that awful boss where to stick that lousy job? Dumped an ex before they dumped you? Not backed down when that b*%@&d nicked your parking space? Life is full of arguments we wish we’d had, or wish we’d won, but it’s also common to regret confrontation.

As someone with a lifelong fear of making a scene, Lucy Porter has always erred on the side of caution when it comes to conflict. When she was a single, self-employed, stand-up comedian, it was never that much of a problem as she spent 99% of her time alone. Now that Lucy’s a wife, mother and pillar of the local community, she is finding it a lot tougher. In marriage guidance and parenting manuals, the received wisdom is that you should choose your battles and not sweat the small stuff, but how do you know when to stand your ground?

For example, if a child refuses to go to a wedding unless they can dress as The Incredible Hulk, what should you do? Lucy decided to take the path of least resistance, only to be faced with a tearful bride and a bill for ruined wedding photos.

Using secret ballots, visual aids and a punchbag with the face of Mary Berry, Lucy works out (with the audience’s help) when she should stick to her guns and fight, and when she can use her disarming charm to defuse a situation.

Lucy is a comedy hit across the globe, taking her distinctive, bouncy, feel-good comedy to Hong Kong, Manila, Switzerland and Paris. She was also invited to Miami to take part in NBC’s Last Comic Standing and has performed in the States for NBC and HBO at their Las Vegas Comedy Festival. Back home, she has toured the UK multiple times to critical acclaim and played some of the country’s biggest festivals including Latitude and Kilkenny.

Lucy is a regular face and voice on TV and radio panel shows having appeared on QI, Mock the Week, Argumental, Insert Name Here, Have I Got News for You, Clive Anderson’s Chat Room, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, What the Dickens?, Room 101 and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled. She is also a quizzing demon having appeared on BBC 1’s Pointless (with partner Ed Byrne), ITV’s The Chase and breaking records on Celebrity Mastermind, where she fought off competition from Mark Watson and Dave Spikey to achieve the highest ever celebrity score. Lucy also raised on £9000 for The Loss Foundation with her winning turn on Celebrity Storage Hunters. On Radio 4, she has been heard on Life – An Idiot’s Guide, Heresy, The Personality Test, The News Quiz, Dilemma and The Unbelievable Truth, and is a regular guest on BBC 6 Music on The Radcliffe & Maconie Show.

She remains amongst the most sought-after comedy writers in Britain and was one of the lead writers on ITV1’s prime-time Sunday night satirical animation series Headcases. Lucy has also written for Johnny Vaughan, Adam and Joe, Griff Rhys Jones and even Jimmy Tarbuck. In 2014, Lucy wrote the thought-provoking and witty play, The Fair Intellectual Club, about the trials of being an intellectual woman in 1717, which was put on at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Following the success of the Edinburgh run, BBC Radio 4 commissioned a 6-part drama series from Lucy based on the play which aired in November 2016. 

Lucy is an accomplished actor having played Nurse Flinn in the critically acclaimed, box-office record breaking One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest in Edinburgh and London’s West End, alongside Christian Slater. 

Recently Lucy has contributed to various publications as a columnist, including City AM, Cook Vegetarian Magazine and Mother & Baby.

Twitter: @LucyPorterComic

What the press have said about Lucy Porter:

“You emerge from this elegantly constructed show feeling appropriately and entirely in love with life” Daily Telegraph

“She is like your witty friend who’s always brilliant company down the pub. Many stand-ups would give their non-drinking arms to be able to transfer that kind of sparkling barroom bonhomie to the stage and Porter does it effortlessly” The Scotsman 

“refreshingly breezy…someone who finds sweetness even in a man that stole her credit card. Porter is a kitten with enduring appeal” ★★★★ Metro

“brilliantly crafted jokes. This is get happy comedy at its very best” ★★★★★ Time Out

“plenty of great gags and superbly worked material” ★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News

“pure comic alchemy” The Herald 

“how does Porter do it? For the past few years she’s turned around a consistently good full hour of new material with a coherent theme and gags that hit the mark time after time…Her shows are perfectly formed and her consistent audiences prove it” ★★★★ Chortle

“Rich with fine routines … an endearing hour” The Guardian

Listings Information:
Dates: 2nd – 27th August 2017 (not 16th or 23rd)
Show: Lucy Porter: Choose Your Battles
Venue: Pleasance: Forth
Address: 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ
Time: 5.30pm
Price: Previews: £7, weekend: £15 (£13), midweek: £13 (£11), early week: £11 (£9)
Box office: / 0131 556 6550

For more information please contact Gaby Jerrard / Claire Hoyda / Matthew Christian at
[email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected]
020 7690 0006

To book review tickets for this show please contact the Pleasance Press Office on 0131 556 6557 / [email protected]