Lawrence Mooney On The Ugliness Of Beauty In His New Stand-Up Show

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Known for brutal honesty, unique insight and blazing humour, stand-up comedian Lawrence Mooney is hitting the road again and bringing the laughs in his new show 'Beauty’.

Lawrence says he relishes in the sounds of a room full of people laughing at his material – so after a year of forced silence the comedian is more than looking forward to presenting this new candid and hilarious on-stage experience around the country.

The show recently completed sell-out seasons as part of Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Off the stage, Lawrence can be heard on Triple M Sydney radio and has been a familiar talent on ABC TV.

Here, we have a little chat with Lawrence about 'Beauty', as he prepares to take the material through New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.

Tell us a little bit about ‘Beauty’.
'Beauty' is all about our obsession with physical beauty. And how we just aren’t that beautiful. All killer no filler.

What are you most looking forward to about hitting the road with this show?
Being in front of an audience again. You realise when you don’t have an audience what a privilege it is. People making a decision to come and see you, that’s a nice thing to have.

What was the most exciting thing you got up to during COVID and all of its restrictions?
We decided to move house and go and live in the Southern Highlands. We made the tree change so I commute 120km to Sydney every morning at 4.00am and love it.

And is there something you’ve learnt in the last year that you think you’ll continue to utilise in the future?
Stop doing as much. We like to fill our diaries with stuff to block life out. Allow some space and time and wonder will fill the void. I’m not stoned by the way.

Do you remember when you decided stand-up was something you really wanted to pursue? When was it/what happened?
I started when I was at drama school in 1994 watching Greg Fleet at the Espy on Tuesday nights. But I think the bug had bitten cracking a class up at school. I just didn’t know it was called stand-up or comedy.

Where does the idea for a new show come from for you?
It kind of presents itself. A theme or an idea occurs and then you start writing to that idea and you are away.

And what’s your favourite part about putting it all together?
Hearing the laughter in your head when you’re writing it and then fast forward to a full auditorium and 500 people laughing at it. That’s magical, it’s alchemy.

What’s been the biggest challenge in getting ‘Beauty’ stage-ready?
I battle procrastination and quite productively, I can get a lot done putting off the job that needs to be done.

How would you describe your comedy to someone yet to experience it?
My comedy is an intelligent, subversive, irreverent adult conversation with big delicious globs of vulgarity.

Lawrence Mooney Tour Dates

12 June – The Concourse, Chatswood (Sydney)
13 June – Enmore Theatre (Sydney)
9-10 July – The Palms (Melbourne)
23 July – Camden Civic Centre
24 July – Penrith Panthers
13 August – Brisbane Powerhouse
21 August – Mittagong RSL
3-4 September – Regal Theatre (Perth)



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