Interview: Lucy Roche on Dollars and Sex

Lucy Roche won the 2016 Raw Comedy Quest and has a show in the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival called Dollars and Sex which you can buy tickets to here: https://www.comedyfestival.co.nz/find-a-show/dollars-and-sex/

Who are you and how did you get started in comedy?

I’m Lucy Roche and I first started comedy back in 2012 when I did the Class Comedians programme. I stopped doing comedy for a few years but got into it properly at the start of 2015.

What inspired your fest show?

My fest show is inspired by my job as a sex worker, my opinions on feminism and modern sex and dating.

Why should people go and see your fest show?

Because it’s about something quite taboo. I think a lot of people are very curious about the sex industry, and if you are one of those people you should check it out! You will hopefully have your misconceptions challenged, and laugh a lot too.

Describe your fest show in 3 words

Dirty, feminist, honest.
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Why do you think comedy is important?

I think laughing at everything helps us cope with the world. It’s very therapeutic. Good comedy is also a way of connecting people who might otherwise not be exposed to each others viewpoints or life experiences.

What’s it like doing both sex work and comedy?

I think that talking about sex work in my comedy is one of the things that makes me stand out from other comics. But apart from that, I try to keep them seperate!

What is your favourite part about NZ comedy fest?

I feel like it’s a three week long party. Also this year we got lots of free mayonnaise. So that’s a win.
Oh and getting to see so much awesome comedy. As a comedian, you can learn a lot by watching.

What advice would you give someone wanting to get into comedy?

Have self awareness. If the audience isn’t laughing, notice, and change something.

What are three of your comedy fest picks?

1. Ray O’Leary- not just because he recommended me in his interview, but because he’s new and storming the scene with his incredibly smart, unique comedy: https://www.comedyfestival.co.nz/find-a-show/a-pessimists-guide-to-optimism/
2. From what I’ve seen of Rhys Nicholson, I’m super excited to check out his show (one night only!): https://www.comedyfestival.co.nz/find-a-show/im-fine/
3. I think Angella Dravid is a must-see, especially if you want something refreshingly different: https://www.comedyfestival.co.nz/find-a-show/down-the-rabbit-hole/
You can buy tickets to Dollars and Sex here: https://www.comedyfestival.co.nz/find-a-show/dollars-and-sex/

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