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All-female bill take on ‘reality comedy’ for Stratford show

PUBLISHED: 16:36 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:36 23 May 2017

See Judi Love perform at Stratford Circus Arts Centre on Friday, May 26

See Judi Love perform at Stratford Circus Arts Centre on Friday, May 26

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Depression, domestic violence and ugly toes – three subjects that comedian Judi Love doesn’t shy away from.

“I talk about things other people wouldn’t talk about but they can laugh about it and it brings people together,” said the former Canning Town resident.

Judi has only been in comedy for three years but her ‘tell it like it is’ YouTube videos have already won her a dedicated online following.

Now she’s bringing her “reality comedy” to Stratford Circus, headlining an all-female line-up for new show Love 2 Laugh.

“I want everyone who leaves feeling they have relieved a little bit of stress and are feeling inspired and a bit of love,” explained the former Newham Council worker who places just as much emphasis on the “therapy” as the banter.

“Most of it is personal to myself,” she said. “Things I have gone through that other people can relate to.”

The 36-year-old knows a thing or two about overcoming obstacles.

In 2009 Judi experienced a “traumatic time”, losing her mother to dementia and splitting up with her partner while pregnant with her second child.

The newly single mum went on to complete a master’s degree in social work while battling her tough circumstances.

However, a chance drama stint for one of her final modules, in which she revealed the comedic side of caring for her mum, led to everything changing.

“My act got a complete standing ovation and my tutor said: ‘You should go and do stand-up comedy’,” she explained.

“I think that it got me through the grieving process.”

For Love 2 Laugh, Judi will joined by “loud and crazy” Annette Fagon, “auntie of comedy” Glenda Jaxson, singer Ashleigh Stroude and “strong host” Thanyia Moore.

She hopes to support more women in the future and make the show a rite of passage for budding performers.

“I want to build a platform for female comedians,” said Judi. “On the bill you always see one or two. Sometimes there are lots of comedy shows and there are no females at all.”

She added: “If there is anyone that feels they have any talent, I would always encourage people to try.”

Catch Love 2 Laugh at Stratford Circus on Friday, 7pm. For audiences aged 18 and over. Early bird tickets £15, general admission £20. Visit stratford-circus.com


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