Get your laughing gear in place for  Lawrence Mooney, Rebecca De Unamuno and David Collins as they prepare to hit the Melbourne International Comedy Festival circuit. Read on as they spend 5 minutes giving me the lowdown from jokes to …well…jokes…


LAWRENCE MOONEY:

What is the funniest joke you've ever heard and who told it?

The funniest joke I ever heard was told by Clement Freud, British PM, raconteur, lush and it is entitled The Funniest Joke Ever. It wouldn't be done justice in print but I'm happy to tell it to whom so ever wishes to hear it.

What, in your mind, is the funniest word in the English language and why?

I think spastic is the funniest word in the English language. The way it's formed, it's explosive, it's fun to say. And because it was bandied about as a term of abuse throughout my adolescence it will always make me laugh.

Who makes you laugh and why?

Marty Sheargold, panellist on Dirty Laundry live and Nova Drive, makes me laugh a lot. He's naturally the funniest man I know.

 What, or whom, influenced your particular brand of funny?

Dave Allen, Darren Casey and Greg Fleet.

Does it sometimes surprise you that you have the ability to make people laugh?

Yes, it strikes me as miraculous at times. But it's also my nature so it's just there.

What profession would you be participating in if were not a performer?

I’d be in politics if I wasn't a comedian. I still might.

One word (or two if needed)  to entice audiences to your show?

You wanna laugh?

 

REBECCA DE UNAMUNO:

What is the funniest joke you've ever heard and who told it?

My ability to remember jokes is appalling! I tend to remember witty or funny lines of dialogue. So anything from The Golden Girls or Mary Tyler Moore Show. So brilliant!

What, in your mind, is the funniest word in the English language and why?

It’s a few words that when put together are hilarious. The Liberal Party. They are anything but!

Who makes you laugh and why?

My dad. He is, hands down, the funniest person I know. He has a playful and genuine sense of humour and never fails to make me laugh, both at and with him.

What, or whom, influenced your particular brand of funny?

Growing up I was a massive fan of French and Saunders, as well as The D-Generation and The Doug Anthony Allstars. I guess that’s where my love of thought-provoking and character-driven comedy came from.

Does it sometimes surprise you that you have the ability to make people laugh?

Constantly! Especially when I’m improvising. Often I’ll say something in character and an audience’s laughter will totally surprise me and I will often surprise myself with the things that come out of my mouth. I guess that’s why I keep doing comedy. Discovering what makes each audience laugh is a totally addictive game to play.

What profession would you be participating in if were not a performer?

A teacher. I’m a trained high school teacher but have never taught full-time. I’ve been lucky enough to make a living from performing. But when I do get the opportunity to teach, such as improv workshops, I absolutely adore it. There is nothing like seeing someone “get it” or watching them go beyond their perceived abilities. It’s a thoroughly rewarding experience.

One word (or two if needed)  to entice audiences to your show?

Surprisingly honest

 

DAVID COLLINS:

What is the funniest joke you've ever heard and who told it?

In a Dublin hotel Jimeoin told me the funniest joke i've ever heard. unfortunately it's too long for this, so instead i'll give you the gay shark joke, no, that one uses a musical cue as the punch line.  um… Woman says to a librarian "Could I have a burger and fries please." The librarian says "Madam, this is a library." "oh" says the woman a little embarrassed, before leaning in and whispering "Could i have a burger and fries please"  Classic.

What, in your mind, is the funniest word in the English language and why?

Flange.  because it sounds like a female body part but is actually part of an engine. 

Who makes you laugh and why?

Ferral, one of my four cats is absolutely hilarious.  He's got no idea of personal space, or that we need to breath through our nose or mouth to live.  I'll be asleep and he'll waddle up and sit on my face.

What, or whom, influenced your particular brand of funny?

I was raised on English comedy, and later in life American.  so best of both worlds. it was usually the more absurd groups, like The Goodies or Monty Python that first tickled my funny bone.

Does it sometimes surprise you that you have the ability to make people laugh?

Constantly. I've never thought of myself as a comedian.  I think that helps.  I'd much prefer to be making hoverboards, but that hasn't quite taken off yet.

What profession would you be participating in if were not a performer?

Caring for the mentally challenged.  Surprisingly similar. 

One word (or two if needed)  to entice audiences to your show?

3.  Brady Bunch Massacre

Lawrence Mooney is a Stupid Liar, The Umbilical Brothers: KiDShoW (Not Suitable for Children) and Rebecca De Unamuno – Kiss My Date can all be found on the MICF web site:
http://www.comedyfestival.com.au

MICF March 26 – April 20

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