FRINGE – Lawrence Mooney – Pretty Funny – 4K

By Olivia Henry

Lawrence Mooney is a familiar face to many. You may have seen him host ABC2’s Dirty Laundry Live and appear regularly on Spicks and Specks. Even with two decades of stand-up comedy under his belt, Mooney still bounces up onto the stage of the Rhino Room with enthusiasm and boyish charm. A quick glance around the audience and it is obvious that this one man show appeals to a wide age range, from university students to 60-somethings. Pretty Funny is an hour-long show that provides an uncensored outlet for Mooney, and a fun night for anyone who loves a drink and a laugh.

In the first moments of the show, Mooney grabs the attention of the audience with a mischievous grin and casual chatter. This seems to be the theme of Pretty Funny, as Mooney is gifted in the art of audience banter. His jokes are natural and unrehearsed, and he is able to involve the audience without the need to tease or insult. Mooney’s self-depreciating style of humour combined with his descriptive skills and body language leaves the audience thinking, “that is so me!”

While Mooney’s subject matter is relatable, it is certainly not for the easily offended. He covers a wide range of topics including personal hygiene, sex, relationships, politics and even disability. There are many instances in the show where the subject matter could be easily uncomfortable or offensive. However Mooney is able to read the audience well and remains respectful when approaching particularly touchy topics.

Pretty Funny is thoroughly enjoyable. A caution to those who are easily offended or uncomfortable with coarse language. As an experienced stand-up comedian, Lawrence Mooney provides an excellent show, even for those who are unfamiliar with his work. Pretty Funny is worth a visit from anyone looking for a quality stand-up show.

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Kryztoff rating: 4K

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