Judith Lucy’s shock personal announcement: “I just can’t anymore”

Popular Australian entertainer Judith Lucy has announced that she is giving up what made her a household name: her career in stand-up comedy.

The 54-year-old comedy icon announced she was no longer doing stand-up after realizing she just wasn’t “very happy”.

Lucy has been a fixture on the Australian comedy scene for more than 30 years, but in a play written for ABC, she admitted the COVID pandemic had prompted her to take stock of her life.

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“I realized that the anxiety I felt because of the pandemic wasn’t that different than what I felt most of the time,” she wrote.

Judith Lucy has announced she is quitting stand-up comedy. Recognition: Judith Lucy/Instagram

“For years I’ve resented the habits I used to numb myself, whether it was drinking, smoking, drugs, or watching mindless TV for hours on end.

“But I never asked myself why I did these things.

“The answer was to deal with the fear of my job.

“I could switch off for a few hours and then get up and do it all over again.

“I saw life as normal.”

Udith Lucy poses with the award for Best Comedy Performance at the Capitol Theater in Sydney on July 27, 2015. Recognition: Don Arnold/WireImage

Lucy said she went “completely crazy” during lockdown – and then she realized she’d had enough of this part of her life.

“Nobody put a gun to my head,” she wrote, referring to her long stand-up career.

“But it took me almost 35 years to realize that I could just… quit.”

The comedian admitted the decision wasn’t easy as the comedy brought her “friends, community, travel, adventure, sex, a public profile and not to mention money.”

But she added that she was looking forward to living her life in a way that wasn’t “dying to get things done or doing anything to switch off.”

Lucy noted that she’s not fully retiring and would continue to write and perform — just not in a stand-up capacity.

Judith Lucy performing live on stage in 1995. Recognition: Instagram/Judith Lucy

But she added an important disclaimer.

“If I’m unemployed in a few years then everything you just read is dead wrong,” she wrote.

On her latest episode of the Judith Lucy – Overwhelmed and Living podcast, she said she realized that being a stand-up comedian probably wasn’t quite as difficult as many other jobs.

“I know it’s not like I’m working in an Amazon factory, I should just push myself,” she said.

“But I’ve stumbled from one job, one show, one gig to the next, and I just don’t want to live like that anymore.”

Fans flocked to Lucy’s Instagram page following her announcement to wish her the best in the next phase of her life.

“Onya Jude do what’s right for you, even if we only get the occasional postcard for a while,” one fan wrote.

“I hope it brings joy, contentment and a good laugh.”

“What a privilege to have been a part of your comedy audience since the ’90s,” wrote another.

A third said: “I’ve absolutely loved watching you grow and change over these years and I can’t wait to see what you do next.”

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