Maureen Langan: Daughter of a Garbage Man
- Claire Sawers
- 16 August 2016
This article is from 2016.
Comforting if occasionally stiff tale about a 1960s New Jersey upbringing
Raised in New Jersey by a bin-man dad and an Irish immigrant mum, Maureen Langan is still trying to square certain things with herself. Such as, how come most people work like animals and get nowhere, while Kim Kardashian, with 'her ass like a ski slope', gets a book deal and is rolling in cash? Langan's 1960s childhood was spent balancing out the show-off tendencies that her dad was keen to encourage, with the demure, chaste Catholic traits her mum wanted to cultivate.
She has a slideshow on hand to walk us through some family photos and early heroes (Ben Stiller's comedian parents were an inspiration, and later became fans of Langan's stand-up), and does a good job of acting out the mannerisms of her aggressive dad. Langan points out that he was also funny, streetwise and a good storyteller, making her a chip off the old block, it seems.
Her theatrical monologue is a little stiff in places, and perhaps over-performed (she mentions doing the same routines several years back), but the overall effect is like listening to a wise, entertaining broad ruminating on life, from her mother's suppressed melancholy to America's glaring hypocrisies, all from the comfort of a barstool.
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