LYING IS A LAUGH
Lawrence Mooney has conversations with his dog while the ‘great women’ of his life continue to put up with his merciless mockery
BUT ALL THE LIES – ESPECIALLY THE STUPID LIES – I TELL ARE TO MYSELF, WHICH IS A REALLY STUPID THING TO DO
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’