By Mike Welsh
Has Lawrence “just a funny guy” Mooney finally made it to the big time?
Sharing top billing on the Douche Directory with Alan Jones and Kanye West may have elevated “LowRents” to the big end of town. Or at least people who have never heard of him now have.
All three were nominees last week for “Douche Of The Week” on the SBS current affairs show “the Feed”. For Mooney it was a Douche debut. Tough category and among Group One company but the form guide suggests he’s a chance of winning the gong. This could be career defining moment for “LowRents”.
Granted it’s only February but Mooney would also have to be a super red-hot fave to take out the influential Annual “Ray Hadley Glass Jaw” award.
Lawrence Moony who made a “name” for himself outside Melbourne comedy circles for dropping the “c” word on national TV, arced up big time over comments made by a part-time comedy critic following his show at the recent Adelaide comedy festival .
This is part of Isabella Fowler’s review in the ‘tiser…..
WHAT is the difference between “just a funny guy” and a comedian? This is what I am left wondering after an hour at Rhino Room with Lawrence Mooney. A jibe at Malcolm Turnbull that carries on a little too long (OK, we get it, he speaks like he’s had a private education) and a clumsy story about three women named Margaret has me thinking Mooney falls under the former.
While the man with a number of accolades under his belt has an undeniably natural demeanour and commanding stage presence, it seems Mooney’s comedic philosophy revolves around the idea that inserting a booming profanity at the end of a frankly unfunny story automatically makes it funny.
“The bottom line is — Lawrence Mooney is just a funny guy under a spotlight. Isabella Fowler
Bad move and poor form. Exposing your leg stump is never the best form of defence.
For days after the spiteful spray from Mooney the twittersphere was awash with juvenile barbs and surprisingly a few tweets from “establishment” comedy performers who saw fit to come to the defence of “the funny man in the spotlight”.
Similar to the “official” response after a senior pollie is caught out doing something he/she shouldn’t be doing, there are always a few colleagues who are prepared to briefly pause at the daily door stop and offer a few words in the positive. Kind of a brotherhood. Wonder what they really think.
For her sins writer Fowler copped this caustic gobful from Mooney…..
“deadshit” and “f***ing amateur”
“Are you deaf or an idiot? You did hear people laughing hard for an hour didn’t you @BellaFowler93 Best you stick to real estate and food. Your review is a piece of shit, your journalism is worse.”
As reviews go Fowler’s was as beige as it was brief but good old “LowRents” chose to go hard and then reload and go some more.
He pulled out the lazy and well worn tactic of the “I have nothing” brigade by denigrating the writer rather than the work, suggesting the critic was not a “real” Comedy Reviewer but a Real Estate and Food writer in her day job.
Poor form from a “pro”. That’s like saying fellow Glass Jaw alumni “Ray-Bans” Hadley, despite his stellar radio career, is a greyhound race caller or taxi driver. Wikipedia says “LowRents” was once a window cleaner!!
Bottom Line Lawrence. Remember the infamous story of the bi-sexual family dog called “Butch” ? He was loved and respected by all because he could give it AND he could take it.