Lawrence Mooney Q&A
By: Crimson Cookie
CC: What is it like starring in television’s, ‘The White Room’?
LM: I think we should deal with it in the past tense. The White Room only made it to two episodes. It was dealt with in the grand tradition of the Seven Network taking comedy shows out the back and blowing their freakin’ heads off like comedy shows are some kind of snitch turning states against the Sopranoesque fat cats makin’ decisions in the boardrooms of televisual mediocrity. Seven hates comedy. The White Room was fun.
CC: Do you feel there is much of a difference between performing a stand-up show on a stage, to being filmed for a television show?
LM: Yes, yes, yes. Live is a joy to behold, a privilege and a powerful connection between audience and performer. Being taped for a TV show is none of those things. Let me give you an analogy, Stand Up is like enjoying a sausage with some sauce at a lovely family BBQ. Being filmed for TV is like watching your family in a machete attack by bikers.
CC: It seems like you’ve had a tough childhood. Is it overwhelming to see how far you’ve come from Romania?
LM: Although very tough, I always reflect fondly on my childhood and miss the days of the circus regardless of how abusive they were.
CC: What advice can you give to young children who were or are in a similar situation as yourself?
LM: Run. Run until there are no signs of humanity and rest on the moss beside a babbling brook. Fresh water is very important.
CC: It is wonderful to know that you sponsor young children through World Vision, how many children would you say you have sponsored?
LM: I’m trying to get enough children together from the developing world to start a footwear factory for underprivileged children without footwear.
CC: What has influenced your stand-up material?
LM: My brothers, my mother and my psyche, which vacillates between love and deep hatred and great empathy for humanity; and the booze, the booze has influenced everything.
CC: Are you excited to be performing alongside burlesque artists for Bootleg at Red Bennies?
LM: I love burlesque. It’s fruity.
Lawrence Mooney will be performing as part of Comic Strip 2 on November 24th at Red Bennies.