Lawrence Mooney has con­ver­sa­tions with his dog while the ‘great women’ of his life con­tinue to put up with his mer­ci­less mock­ery

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Co­me­dian Lawrence Mooney ad­mits he doesn’t live a “clas­sic adult male life”. The nanny has just gone out with his youngest daugh­ter, 18-month-old Lily, and the host of ABC2’s Dirty Laun­dry Live is us­ing pre­cious time alone at his Mel­bourne home to talk with his dog, Ru­pert.

“He’s the prince of dogs,” Mooney says. “I do a lot of voic­ing of Ru­pert so we have con­ver­sa­tions.”

When this pair of “hap­less males” aren’t left to their own de­vices, Mooney says he is sur­rounded by “great women” in his wife and daugh­ters. His old­est child, Mag­gie, is 14 and he says his wife, Lou, is the “proper adult”.

“She’s amaz­ingly sup­port­ive of ev­ery­thing I do – even if I use her as an ob­ject of mock­ery in my show, she goes ‘oh I don’t re­ally care, I kind of like it ac­tu­ally as it kind of ap­peals to my sense of ego’.

“Some­times peo­ple come up af­ter­wards and say ‘I re­ally feel sorry for your wife’ and I say ‘don’t, she kind of likes it’.”

After watch­ing The Hang­over II with his wife, the co­me­dian was in­spired to pen his lat­est show Lawrence Mooney is a Stupid Liar.

“(The film) starts with a bunch of guys trashed on the ho­tel room floor in Bangkok. I said to her ‘Why do you think men get so trashed?’,” he says.

“And she said ‘Be­cause they can’t han­dle their own re­al­ity and they’re all stupid liars’ and I thought ‘I think she may have ac­tu­ally stum­bled on to some­thing here’.

“I started look­ing at my­self through that prism and I thought ‘Am I a stupid liar?’ and it turns out I am, but all the lies – es­pe­cially the stupid lies – I tell are to my­self, which is a re­ally stupid thing to do be­cause you know the truth.”

Mooney says we’re all guilty of ly­ing to our­selves for one rea­son or another.

His the­ory is we need th­ese “ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tions” to make it through life or the “bru­tal truth” would ren­der us un­able to get out of bed.

“Par­tic­u­larly men have a fonder view of their phys­i­cal­ity than what re­al­ity is, then you catch a glimpse of your­self and think ‘Oh my god I’m f---ing hideous’, then make a prom­ise to your­self that you’re go­ing to go to the gym,” he says.

What can­not be lied about are the risks to come with 2015.

Mooney’s ABC show Dirty Laun­dry Live could be axed in the ABC’s dras­tic fund­ing cuts.

“There are those of us who are just wait­ing, wait­ing to be cut,” he says.

“I’m sick of be­ing fired ... it’s po­lit­i­cal though, the Coali­tion just hates the ABC.

“And that’s not bi­ased, La­bor was much more crit­i­cised by the net­work.”

Thank­fully, Mooney con­tin­ues to ex­cel in the standup world.

See­ing laugh­ter mak­ing peo­ple re­lax is the most truth­ful el­e­ment to his work.

Lawrence Mooney, The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast, to­mor­row night.

Co­me­dian Lawrence Mooney found him­self to be ‘a stupid liar’

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