Be­hav­ing badly pays off for Lawrence Mooney

This co­me­dian has made a ca­reer of not be­hav­ing

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Lin­ing up to be part of the show that pokes fun at hu­man be­havioural sci­ence was a no-brainer for co­me­dian Lawrence Mooney who says us­ing celebri­ties as lab rats has proven an up­roar­i­ous ex­pe­ri­ence.

He is a reg­u­lar panel mem­ber on new show Be­have Your­self and says ir­ra­tional hu­man be­hav­iour makes for great view­ing.

Dar­ren McMullen hosts the show, which Lawrence says is akin to “herd­ing cats”, while his job is “all care and no re­spon­si­bil­ity”.

The co­me­dian says his pro­fes­sional life, which in­volves trav­el­ling na­tion­ally dur­ing the year tick­ing off com­edy fes­ti­vals, is bal­anced with a sta­ble home life.

“The first past of the year is more struc­tured and sat­u­rated than other parts, but the first night home af­ter the fes­ti­vals are done is divine. I al­ways think, ‘I can’t do that again next year’, but the next year off I go again,” he says.

Lawrence says he has a sup­port­ive fam­ily in wife Lou and their daugh­ter Mag­gie, 4, and his daugh­ter Lily, 17, with ex-wife Re­becca.

Aside from his fam­ily his other great love is MG cars. He is now the proud owner of one, but had his fam­ily in stitches when he tried to buy a MG hard­top car as a young­ster.

“It was sell­ing for $50. My dad drove me out, with my two older broth­ers. When we got to the woman’s house, she says, ‘here it is’. Sit­ting on the floor was just the top of the car. My dad and broth­ers laughed so hard get­ting back in the car and teased me mer­ci­lessly go­ing home.” Tin can My fa­ther was a me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer and col­lected oil cans or tins which were full of tools. You look af­ter your tools — they’re as im­por­tant as the ma­chine you’re work­ing on. Words Cather­ine Nikas-Bou­los Pho­tos Chris Groen­hout More Be­have Your­self, Chan­nel 7,­­have-your­self

Mo­tor­bike This is an­other re­al­i­sa­tion of a boy­hood dream af­ter watch­ing Steve McQueen in The Great Es­cape. I went to buy a Vespa, but the sales­man says: “Did Steven McQueen es­cape jump­ing bar­ri­cades on a Vespa? What you want is a mo­tor­bike.”

Leather jacket I went to Europe in 1985 hell bent on get­ting a leather jacket in Italy. It was stolen in Liver­pool (UK) in a pub, so when I went back to Italy years later I bought an­other one in Rome.

Bob­ble head I love fig­urines and I know it’s quite nar­cis­sis­tic to have a bob­ble head of your­self, but the pro­duc­ers of Be­have Your­self gave it to me as a gift, which is very sweet.

Photo of Aunty Sheila, Dad and Mum I love this pic­ture. It’s lovely to see your par­ents in sim­pler times be­ing ro­man­tic and care­free be­fore the im­po­si­tion of adult life sets in.

Hippo pic­ture We went to a cafe/art gallery in the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula and our dog Ru­pert sat un­der­neath this and just stared back at us. He did the same in the pet shop.

Mu­sic cas­settes The MG only has a cas­sette deck in it, so I have a whole bunch of tapes that I keep in the glove­box. The sound qual­ity is ac­tu­ally quite good.

Off The Road book I have had a life­time ob­ses­sion with the Beat Gen­er­a­tion. Carolyn Cas­sady was an in­te­gral part of the story, and I met her when she signed her book at its launch.

Smyth­son di­ary My wife gave me this. It says Make It Hap­pen. It came in a linen bag and you al­most don’t want to use it be­cause it’s so lovely, but life isn’t for putting on the shelf.

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