On the Couch with Ellen Mahoney

Ellen Mahoney AAR On the CouchWho is Ellen Mahoney?
I’m Ellen Mahoney, a 33-year-old comedian and writer, and I’m anything but your average funny gal. What sets me apart? Well, it’s my knack for turning everyday situations women face into comedic gold. You know that uncanny ability to take whatever’s trending in pop culture and spin it into hilarious jokes? That’s my jam!

I’m absolutely obsessed with all things celebrity and pop culture, and I can’t resist talking about it. But it’s not just about making people laugh (though that’s a big part of it); I also use my platform to tackle some important issues while keeping everyone in stitches. I want to tickle your funny bone and lift your spirits, all while inviting you into my world as a single dog-loving lady with a whole lot of girl power.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I’d trust my instincts and focus on the present rather than putting things and people on pedestals. I want to fully enjoy the present moments in my life.

Who inspires you and why?
Women inspire me. I recently watched the Spice Girls documentary on Stan (oldie but a goodie!) and it reinforced for me the strength that women find when they support each other. The Spice Girls believed in their sisterhood, and that unity is incredibly powerful. When women come together, they become an unstoppable force!

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
In my twenties, I went through a difficult and violent marriage, and during that time, I often felt incredibly isolated. My mission is to let other women going through similar situations know that they are not alone. No matter what challenges life throws at us, my message is that there is hope, and you can not only survive but thrive.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
New York City, it’s the city that never sleeps, and there’s an endless array of things to do. The cultural scene is off the charts – world-class plays, underground comedy, live music, and unforgettable drag shows, clubs and restaurants. Each day offers a different experience, making every night an adventure. And the icing on the cake, or the cream cheese on the bagel if you will?

The thrill of potentially rubbing shoulders with your favourite celebrities. The last time I was there, I was in the West Village, sitting in a diner and realised Emma Stone was at the table next to us! Later, we struck up a conversation with the maitre’d, who told us this was Emma’s favourite spot. It’s those spontaneous moments that make NYC truly cool and unforgettable.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
When friends come to town, I love to give them a taste of Melbourne’s ever-evolving cultural scene. I tend to seek out what’s currently making waves, whether it’s the hottest restaurant in town, a thought-provoking exhibit at NGV or ACMI, or even considering the time of year for seasonal events. Melbourne always has something new and refreshing to offer, and I enjoy sharing these unique experiences with my friends.

What are you currently reading?
Katherine Ryan – The Audacity. Katherine is my idol, if I could have a career even slightly akin to hers I would be blessed.

What are you currently listening to?
Doja Cat – Paint the Town Red, earworm after earworm, love Doja Cat!

Happiness is?
Happiness in my life is a wonderful blend of elements that invigorate my soul. Immersing myself in the world of comedy and writing brings me immeasurable joy and purpose. My passion for pop culture, celebrity buzz, and entertainment keeps me endlessly fascinated, often finding its way into my comedy routines. Connecting with others, particularly women who resonate with my messages, brings a sense of fulfilment like no other.

Embracing variety and novelty both in Melbourne and within my creative work keeps life captivating and enjoyable. To sum it up, my happiness is a unique blend of creativity, fervour for pop culture, meaningful connections, cultural exploration, and a sprinkle of novelty, all of which make life an extraordinary adventure.

What does the future hold for you?
I’ve poured my heart into a show called Garbage Trash, and with Melbourne Fringe, I’m hopeful it’ll find its audience. This show is a fusion of everything I’m passionate about – pop music, celebrity culture, and addressing the systemic issues that women face.

What truly uplifts me within this show is that there’s a segment that isn’t intended to be funny; instead, it carries a powerful message. It’s a moment where women reach out to me afterward and express their gratitude for articulating what they see and often can’t put into words themselves.

To me, this is the future I envision – more conversations that matter, more connections, and more opportunities to empower one another. I want more of that in the days ahead.

Ellen has created and performs in Garbage Trash – which is being presented at Theory Bar as part of the 2023 Melbourne Fringe Festival until 22 October. For more information, visit: www.melbournefringe.com.au for details.

Image: Ellen Mahoney (supplied)