SKEPTICON 2017

Pro-science comedian and celebrated nerd, Lawrence Leung hosted the 33rd Annual Australian Sceptics Conference, if you can believe it.

 

 

 

Skepticon Australia was a massive two day event in Sydney for all lovers of science & mythbusting. Speakers included scientists, documentary filmmakers, astrophysicists, former-naturopaths, doctors against anti-vaxxers, cancer biologists, poets, secular activists, comedians and podcasters.

 

 

Prof Alan Duffy and a Mars Rover.

 

Some highlights included ‘walking-wikipedia’ Dr Karl talking about Great Moments in Skepticism, Youtube sensation Captain Disillusion talking about viral scepticism without the cynicism,  vaccination campaigner Catherine Hughes relating her encounters the anti-vax movement, ABC’s astrophysicist Professor Alan Duffy introducing a Mars Rover on stage , Cara Santa Maria (Talk Nerdy, National Geographic) dissecting the state of science communication in post-truth America, Ruth Ellison on escaping a religious cult, and a live recording from the comedic Cognitive Dissonance podcast.

 

Attempting to solve a Rubik’s Cube whilst blindfolded is one way to impress and out-geek the celebrity super-minds in my company.

 

The Bent Spoon Award – Australia’s least coveted prize is bestowed annually upon the country’s biggest bullshitter. This is an individual or organisation that peddles nonsense claims or products without any scientific evidence that they actually work, or the promotion of pseudoscience in the public sphere.


 

 

 

 

BILL NYE SCIENCE GUY

Lawrence joined famed science communicator and US national treasure Bill Nye on-stage at his Melbourne show. Together they tackled all manner of fascinating, geeky and curious Audience Questions.

 

Lawrence wore a bowtie to match Mr Nye, but came across looking like “Bad Chinese Doctor Who Cosplay.”

 

Off the back of his new Netflix series Bill Nye Saves The World, the educator/science activist toured packed-out theatres Sydney and Melbourne with his trademark wit, wisdom, no-nonsense evidence-based rants and entertaining anecdotes covering everything from his mother’s top secret Enigma codebreaking, to solutions for climate change and the limitations of Mars colonisation.

 

 

 

ADELAIDE SHOW ANNOUNCED

Lawrence’s award-winning comedy/mystery show VERY STRANGE THINGS continues its Australia-wide tour with a special night in Adelaide.

 

October 12th, 8pm

Nexus Arts Venue

For tickets and details CLICK HERE

 

 

“Mindblowing” Time Out, Top 10 shows of MICF16

Winner 2017 MMF Director’s Choice Award

 

 

Lawrence on ABC Radio Adelaide freaking out the radio host Jules Schiller with an “impossible” Very Strange Thing.

 

 

Lawrence has taken his wickedly unique blend of psych experiments and stand up comedy to festivals around Australia, with sell out shows and critical acclaim.  VERY STRANGE THINGS promises to be the most mind-bending and side-splitting experience you’ll have in a theatre this year. It’s for one night only in Adelaide so BOOK NOW .

 

MIFF: TOP OF THE LAKE SEASON 2 & MOTHERCHILD

Lawrence appeared in two productions having their Australian premieres at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival. He played roles in the eagerly anticipated Jane Campion mini-series TOP OF THE LAKE: SEASON 2 and Tin Pang’s heart-wrenchingly honest short MOTHER CHILD.

 

 

TOP OF THE LAKE CHINA:GIRL

Currently airing on BBC2, the series continues the story of Detective Robin (Elisabeth Moss) who returns to Sydney for a fresh start, however, the wounds of the past are deep. Encounters with a mysterious suitcase, the dark-side of Sydney and troubled memories, the series also stars Nicole Kidman and Gwendolyn Christie (Brienne from Game of Thrones!)

 

 

Playing against type (we promise), Lawrence portrayed NATE  a sleazy computer geek who administers a website that reviews brothels.

 

 

 

MOTHER CHILD

Lawrence also appeared in MOTHER CHILD portraying a complex relationship alongside Gabby Chan in Tin Pang’s deeply honest and personal short film. Based on the filmmakers’ own life, the short film is about what happens when roles are reversed and children must now care for parents. Also the role was an unique challenge as it was a 14min one-take film with no cuts or edits - much like a stage play but with choreography between actors, the camera and the art design. Read more about the movie here: www.motherchildmovie.com

 

 

 

 

VERY STRANGE THINGS – back in Melbourne

 

UPDATE: Very Strange Things wins the Director’s Choice Award at MMF17.

Massive thanks to all the audiences who came and made it such a great season.

 

 

 

 

If you missed it at last year’s Comedy Fest, here’s your only chance to catch Lawrence Leung’s mind-bending stand-up comedy show.

 

VERY STRANGE THINGS is back in Melbourne

this July for 5 nights only.

 

“Mindblowing” Time Out, Top 10 shows of MICF16

 

Lawrence has taken his wickedly unique blend of psych experiments and stand up comedy to festivals around Australia, with sell out shows and critical acclaim. He’s bringing it back home to Melbourne, one final time, as part of #MMF17. VERY STRANGE THINGS promises to be the most mind-bending and side-splitting experience you’ll have in a theatre this year.

 

‘ 4.5 STARS Superb and ingenious.’ Australian Stage
‘4.5 STARS’ Beat Magazine
‘4.5 STARS Leung plays the illusionist, charlatan and scientist with witty intelligence’ TheMusic
“4.5 STARS Amazing ” Herald Sun
‘4.5 STARS The laughs come just as often and the humour is just as sharp.’  -The West Australian

 

FIVE SHOWS ONLY

July 11-15

at the Northcote Town Hall,

as part of the 10 anniversary of The Melbourne Magic Festival.

For all tickets CLICK HERE

 

SUCKER shortlisted for 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Award

The 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards announced their shortlist and the screenplay for SUCKER is nominated for the Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting.

 

 

Lawrence Leung and Ben Chessel’s film SUCKER, a coming-of-age con artist movie, impressed the judges whom described the script as “a playful approach to narrative conventions without ever undermining our connection to its memorable, multifaceted characters. Amid the fun and games, it is surprisingly wise on matters of identity, trust and love.”


The full shortlist:

The Code, Series 2 Episode 4 (Shelley Birse)

Sucker (Lawrence Leung and Ben Chessell)

Down Under (Abe Forsythe)

The Kettering Incident, Episode 1 (Victoria Madden)

Afghanistan: Inside Australia’s War, Episode 3 ‘We All Have To Get Home’ (Victoria Midwinter Pitt),

Cleverman, Episode 5 ‘Terra Nullius’ (Michael Miller)

The co-winners: The Code & Down Under

 

Read the Judges Comments about the Sucker script

 

 

SUCKER began as a one-man stage show written/performed by Lawrence Leung that received the Best Solo Show Award at the 2001 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Over the years, it was adapted as a screenplay, co-written by Lawrence and director Ben Chessell. The completed feature film stars veteran British actor Timothy Spall and newcomers John Luc and Lily Sullivan.  SUCKER the movie premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival, was the winner of  Best Narrative Feature Award at the St Lawrence Film Festival and was nominated for Best Screen Adaptation at the Australian Writers Guild Awards.

 

Watch the FULL MOVIE streaming online

 

Lawrence Joins the Cast of COSMIC SHAMBLES LIVE

COSMIC SHAMBLES LIVE is a gala night of science, comedy and music!

After successful runs in the UK, co-host/comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long tour their Science Variety Show to Australia and NZ.

 

The Melbourne show on April 1st includes Helen Czerski (bubble physicist), Matt Parker (stand up mathematician) and Lucie Green (cosmologist) and Rod Quantock, astrophysicist Dr Katie Mack, musician Ali Barter.

Oh and resident-geek Lawrence Leung also joins the Melbourne cast to talk about scepticism, growing-up geeky and Rubik’s Cubes.

 

 

Cosmic Shambles LIVE is a variety show that celebrates curiosity and reason, an explosion of science, comedy, music and general wonder, with a great sense of fun.

 

Saturday 1st April 2017

7pm Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

TICKETS – CLICK HERE

VERY STRANGE THINGS – BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL

Lawrence Leung’s new show is coming to the Brisbane Comedy Festival in March 2017!

TICKETS CLICK HERE


 


“4½ STARS AMAZING” Herald-Sun

“4½ STARS” Beat Magazine

“4 STARS Mindblowing” TimeOut

“4½ STARS ” The Music

“Superb and ingenious.” Australian Stage

“4½ STARS The laughs come just as often and the humour is just as sharp”

The West Australian

 

Beardy comedian, writer and star of ABC TV’s Choose Your Own Adventure, Unbelievable, Maximum Choppage and Ten’s Offspring is finally making his Brisbane Comedy Fest debut with some Very Strange Things.

 

This is unlike any comedy show you have ever seen! An evening of comedic curiosities, mindgames and hilarious stunts described as “mind-blowing” in Time Out magazine’s list of Must-See Melbourne Comedy Festival shows.

 

After sold out shows and critical acclaim in the Melbourne, Sydney and Perth Comedy Festivals, Lawrence Leung’s cult hit comedy show “Very StrangeThings” comes to Brisbane. Don’t miss out on experiencing the most unique, side-splitting and mind-bending show of the year.

 

HURRY BOOK NOW -  TICKETS

 

FOUR SHOWS ONLY
23 MARCH to 26 MARCH 2017
BRISBANE POWERHOUSE
8:40pm
(Sunday show is 7:40pm)

 

“Signed Sealed Delivered” Anthology

 

Lawrence is thrilled to have his “letter” to his mother published in the new anthology SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED compiled by Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire, the organisers behind literary salon Women of Letters.

 

Back in 2015, Lawrence was invited to write and perform a “Letter To The Woman Who Changed My Life” at a Men Of Letters event before a packed auditorium at the Regal Theatre in Northcote.

 

A year later, favourite love letters, confessions and missives from various guest writers at Women/Men/People of Letters events from across 2015/2016 were then compiled into a new book Signed Sealed Delivered (pictured above), available in paperback from good bookstores and Penguin here .

 

Lawrence’s mum quite enjoyed the letter.

Portrait of Lawrence is a 2016 Archibald Finalist

Lawrence posed for artist Dean Manning earlier this year in Sydney. The portrait entitled ‘Maximum Lawrence’ has been announced as one of the finalists in this year’s Archibalds.

 

 

According to Art Gallery NSW,  the Archibald Prize is awarded annually to the best portrait, ‘preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’.

 

Oh, and this comedian!

 

Congrats to Dean Manning. His portrait as well as all other finalists can be viewed at the Archibald Exhibition at the Art Gallery NSW before the paintings go on tour around Australia.

http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/prizes/archibald/2016/