On the Couch with Lauren Edwards

MICF24 Lauren Edwards Brace Yourself editorialWho is Lauren Edwards?
A comedian, actor and rage-filled angel. I’m on the verge of turning 40 this year and although I have retained my girl-next-door charm, I’ve really started to lean into my identity as a basic bitch. I just love scented candles!

What would you do differently from what you do now?
If I could go back in time, I would love to have been born into generational wealth so that I didn’t have to get a job and be a slave to capitalism. I’d just be like Paris Hilton – fannying about with my dogs and attending the opening of an envelope. Otherwise I’d probably try to worry less about what people think about me.

Who inspires you and why?
My friends are some of my biggest inspirations, but I am also inspired by creative artists – particularly women – who are unapologetic in their expression yet still manage to create work that is silly, satirical and clever but doesn’t punch down.

My idols are Gina Riley and Jane Turner and I would give my right arm to collaborate with them. I’m also inspired by my director (and unofficial mentor) Claire Hooper who has been like a ray of light and level-headed aunty during the very tumultuous process of making a comedy show.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Tax the rich baby! And allow everyone to have their basic needs met. Although that is, apparently, a very controversial opinion!

Favourite holiday destination and why?
At the risk of being bullied online, I am a QLD girl through and through and the Gold Coast is my spiritual home. I hate that it has this really bad rap now. If you can avoid the herds of influencers basking along the watering holes of Burleigh Pavilion, it’s actually a stunning place with near perfect weather, beaches, good pubs and a huge Westfield.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I’m really the main attraction when people come to visit, but I also get really anxious that they’ll get bored and I’ll have to make a lot of small talk. So I always arrange to take interstate visitors to a show – whether it be comedy or musical theatre.

In fact, there’s a really great show called Brace Yourself (wink) coming up at Melbourne Comedy festival that I think lots of people would love. It would also give you plenty of topics to talk about in the car ride home.

What are you currently reading?
I suppose this is the part where I’m meant to say some clever, intellectual book and not a trashy celebrity memoir? Although I am also reading over (and over) my own script to try and force it into my brain.

What are you currently listening to?
The sound of my dog whinging at the door because I won’t let him on the bed.

Happiness is?
Sunshine, world peace and theme parks.

What does the future hold for you?
I’m turning 40 this year so I think it’s high time I got a TedX Talk. My topic would be: “Batman Forever deserved better.”

Lauren presents her show Brace Yourself at the Malthouse Theatre (Playbox), as part of the 2024 Melbourne International Comedy Festival: 28 March – 7 April. For more information, visit: www.comedyfestival.com.au for details.

Image: Lauren Edwards (supplied)