Lovely Lady Lump (3 stars)

This article is from 2016.

Lovely Lady Lump

Australian comic tells breast cancer where to go

This hour from the charming Lana Schwarcz is part stand-up, part group therapy as it sticks two fingers up to breast cancer. Thanks to a throwaway comment from a stranger she met while walking her dog – an 'angel', she calls her – Aussie puppeteer Schwarcz was spurred on to get a mammogram, which revealed a malignant tumour in her left boob. Mercifully, they caught it early and she survived with Lovely Lady Lump her go at a comical unloading of that difficult period in her life.

Schwarcz is delightful, bravely bringing the audience into her world of doctor appointments and radiation therapy, seguing between tit-baring re-enactments of hospital sessions and straight up stand-up. Her jokes don't always land, and she occasionally dips into over-explaining when lines don't get the laughs she's expecting, but there are some stand-out comedic moments, including a gleefully gory take on her post-diagnosis nightmares.

Lovely Lady Lump is strongest in its cathartic, light-hearted takedown of a tragic disease. Schwarcz doesn't shy away from the personal dimensions of her show, acutely aware that some punters will relate to this story through first-hand experience. There's more than a few teary eyes at the end, but plenty of smiles too.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 29 Aug (not 15), 4pm, £10–£12 (£9–£11).

Lovely Lady Lump

  • 3 stars

Lana Schwarcz 'Let me start by telling you I’m ok. I’m just in a small situation involving a pesky cancer tumour in my left nork, but I’m not dying and I’m the luckiest person in the entire world. Cos f ck cancer, man. F ck cancer.' Jokes, truths, and one or two poignant bits from a Melbourne comic who survived breast…

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