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Lucy Porter. Black Box, Belfast

By Andrew Johnston

For a diminutive mother of two young children, Lucy Porter certainly has a lot of energy.

After being delayed due to the weather, Porter came straight from Belfast City Airport to the Black Box on Sunday night.

She described her day as having been like “a low-budget British remake of Planes, Trains And Automobiles”.

Back in Belfast for the first time in two years, Porter was touring her People Person show.

Essentially an hour-long monologue on the subject of friendship, it was interspersed with musings on the loneliness of stand-up, Argos online customer reviews and the “parade of misery” that is daytime TV.

By her own admission, there was a lot of “extraneous detail”, but Porter is so charming she brought everyone into her slightly scatty world.

You didn't need to be a parent, a My Bloody Valentine fan or married to someone a foot-and-a-half-taller than you to appreciate the deft material.

And People Person's punchline — which it would be unfair to spoil here if you intend to see the show — was worth enduring any digressions to get to.

Suffice it to say, as the tale reached its climax, the laughs were mixed with gasps.

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