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You've Gotta Start Somewhere


You've Gotta Start SomewhereLawrence Mooney

Welcome to episode nine of You’ve Gotta Start Somewhere (#YGSS).

In this episode, comedian, Lawrence Mooney talks about the time he stole drugs when he was working as a customs officer, why amateur theatre is Shangri-La for straight blokes and what he learned from hitting rock bottom.

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Show Rundown

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In this episode, comedian Lawrence Mooney talks about…

00:57 … what he wanted to be when he grew up

02:40 … whether he resented his parents for pooping all over his dreams

03:19 … why he thinks he was destined to be a stand-up comic

04:04 … why he thinks he’s easily influenced

05:45 … how his parents helped him find his way

07:07 … why he loves amateur theatre

09:29 … where he was first bitten by the showbiz bug

10:29 … why being a drifter is a good thing

11:47 … why his mum is partly responsible for his career

12:10 … how watching Lawrence of Arabia made him want to act

12:32 … why amateur theatre is Shangri-La for straight blokes

14:04 … his time as a customs officer

16:32 … the Australian search for identity

19:14 … the marriage of theatre and sexuality

21:50 … the moment he knew he wanted to be a comedian

24:10 … his time as a drifter

24:27 … his life as a debt collector

24:53 … why he’s a master manipulator

31:15 … the importance of having lived an interesting life when you’re in show business

32:46 … the evolution of his comedy shows

33:26 … the time he stole drugs when he was a customs officer

36:01 … his first comedy gig

40:07 … when he started to jump on stage regularly

41:41 … working with people you’ve watched on stage

43:22 … the fact he’s had a fair slice of the showbiz cake for a relative unknown

44:08 … why he’s glad the paps don’t follow him

44:40 … the desperation that can kick in when you feel like you’re missing out

45:30 … being prepared to do anything

46:08 … how he almost shut himself out of the radio industry

47:28 … his attraction to self-destruction

49:31 … the middle ground between being vulnerable and protecting yourself

50:17 … the importance of having a solid base in your life

51:08 … the moment he realised his life was out of control

52:41 … the mistake that is, dying your hair blonde

55:06 … the epiphanies you experience during the worst times

57:44 … the best and the worst thing about the business

58:46 … the importance of apologising when you’ve stuffed up

The final five…

59:29 … his biggest regret

01:01:21 … his dream gig

01:03:46 … a big idea he’s still got on the bucket list

01:06:05 … why he’d love to be a politician

01:06:57 … advice for people getting into the business

01:07:59 … his love of the theatre


 

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