About Meshel

Meshel Laurie is probably a very bad Buddhist, but she puts her heart and soul into improving, every day.  She works in TV and radio, podcasts, writes columns and books, and parents 6 year-old twins.  Meshel used to be quite good at stand up comedy, but unfortunately doesn’t do it anymore, as she has no interest in going out at night.

Meshel is proudly an official ambassador for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Australia, and for
Reconciliation Australia.

 

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Buddhism

Buddhism is Meshel’s key to contentment, and she puts her heart and soul into being a better Buddhist every day.  She embraces her spiritualism by giving back to communities around the world.   Meshel also regularly meditates and reads Buddhist texts.  Meshel is proudly an official ambassador for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Australia.

It’s Meshel’s dream project is to make Buddhist philosophies accessible for everyone.

Download some of Meshel’s meditations here.

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Australian True Crime Podcast.

With co-host, Emily Webb, journalist and author of three true crime books, go beyond the news cycle to find out how people become killers, how people become victims, and what happens next.

This podcast features interviews with both as well as intriguing chats with authors of true crime books and people working in society to address issues of crime and punishment.

Together, Meshel and Emily delve deep behind the headlines to bring a fresh take on all things true crime.

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Books

Meshel's third book, and second in the 'Buddhism For...' series, Buddhism For The Unbelievably Busy, was released in November 2017 and explores how to juggle the demands of modern life, using her own experiences and drawing on her long and varied career. Honest, hilarious and heartfelt, it's a tool to help you stay sane in the modern workplace, handle difficult relationships and how to achieve greater balance in your life.

Her second book, Buddhism For Breakups, launched in January 30th 2017 and follows Meshel's personal story and how Buddhism can be a roadmap for navigating the fear, loneliness and grief of a broken heart.

In 2013 Meshel released her first book titled “The Fence-Painting Fortnight of Destiny”. A bit of a memoir and an insider’s perspective on the 1990s comedy scene, the workings of an inner-city brothel, what it’s like to be ‘the girl on Rove’ and also how fence-painting can help save a life.

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On TV

Catch Meshel 6:30 pm on Fridays as a panellist on TEN’s The Project as she joins some of Australia’s favourite personalities to chat about what is going on around the world.

Meshel pops up quite a bit on TV.  She's been the host of ABC’s Stand Up! Co-Host of Ten’s This Week Live and a regular guest on shows such as Rove LiveThe Glass HouseCan of WormsSpicks and SpecksGood News WeekThe Circle and Adam Hills: In Gordon Street Tonight.

 

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Speaking

Meshel is an experienced corporate speaker who’ll bring her signature up-beat philosophy to your conference or event.  She can talk on a wide range of themes, depending on what you’re after, and can also help concept event topics.

For booking enquiries, please contact Creative Representation on 03 8417 0100.

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Comedy

Meshel worked nights for 14 years doing stand-up comedy around Australia.  Now she gets up very early in the morning doing breakfast radio, so late nights are out.

During her stand-up career, Meshel appeared in fourteen Melbourne International Comedy Festivals, the Edinburgh , Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, and a sell-out season of her one-woman-show The Whore Whisperer at the Sydney Opera House

Meshel still has some stand-up dreams to live, and will get back on stage one of these nights.  The force is strong in this one.

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Nitty Gritty Committee Podcast

Meshel’s Nitty Gritty Committee Podcast for Mamamia is all about conversations with interesting people and the guts and glory of life.  She chats with former prison inmates, the homeless, transgender activists, homicide cops, famous people, non-famous (but amazing) people – it’s an up-sized brain/soul food combo with a side order of new perspective.

 

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Charity Work

Meshel is one of the over 6 million Australians who works as a volunteer.  Over the years she’s donated her time to the Father Bob Foundation, Karuna Hospice, Childsafe Australia, A Flying Start for the QLD Department of Education and training and Reconciliation Australia. 

She currently volunteers with Mercy Palliative Care in Melbourne.

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Columnist

Meshel regularly writes columns and articles for The Age & Sydney Morning Herald about stuff she thinks is important.  They also write articles about Meshel when she does important stuff.

Read the latest on Meshel here.