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.
After sold out shows and critical acclaim in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Lawrence Leung – Very Strange Things is embarking on it’s national tour. So far he’s had incredible nights at the Melbourne, Sydney and Perth Comedy Festivals, and now it’s heading to a city near you. Check here for tour dates/city updates.
Don’t miss out on experiencing the most unique, side-splitting and mind-bending show of the year!
Lawrence presents an evening of wonders and mischief in the stunning Malthouse Theatre (Melbourne), the Sydney Town Hall and the Perth Town Hall.
The Beckett Theatre at The Malthouse, Melbourne.
Experiments, mind games and impossible coincidences. Join Lawrence in his fascinating yet ethically-dubious laboratory of unexplainable things. An evening of comedic curiosities, mind-bending occurrences and side-splitting laughs.
Lawrence is an award-winning standup and filmmaker from TV shows Maximum Choppage (ABC2), Unbelievable (ABC1), Choose Your Own Adventure (ABC1), and the feature film Sucker. He also played an awkward doctor on Offspring. Lawrence has also designed theatrical illusions, pranks and deceptions for stage and TV … so expect something very funny and strange.
Since 2008 The School of Life in Melbourne has presented wildly-popular secular Sunday Sermons exploring modern day values, virtues and issues. Previous speakers have been John Safran and scientist Dr Karl. On Sunday morning (10:45am) January 17, 2015, Lawrence will present his sermon entitled “On (Not) Knowing”.
From tackling the Rubik’s Cube to investigating the claims of so-called psychics and ghosthunters in his documentary series Unbelievable (ABC1), Lawrence has always been driven by curiosity. But the conclusion and answers aren’t the best part of tackling the unknown – it’s in the figuring out.
In this Secular Sermon, Lawrence Leung argues that the “not knowing” of something is the catalyst that drives human endeavour, science and some less desired outcomes. He will guide us on a journey of critical thinking and ‘a-ha’ moments as he presents fascinating and funny hoaxes, conundrums, mindgames, illusions – and downright lies. He will take us on a journey of figuring out, revealing why we seek answers, why we fall into traps, and how we might better understand the very human drive to “know”. He will be joined on stage by special musical guest Dan Kelly.
Hosted by Women of Letters and taking place at the Regal Ballroom, this is the sixth instalment of their beloved Men of Letters reading event. According to their website: “These chaps will go where no man has gone before – into the celebration of the lost art of letter writing.” Each gentleman has been asked to pen and read a letter to ‘The Woman Who Changed My Life’.
Award-winning comedian, writer and director
Australia’s most prolific film auteur
Beloved broadcaster, television presenter and award-winning author
Comedian, writer and living national treasure
Beloved comedian and writer GREG FLEET
Acclaimed actor and co-founder of queer theatre group Sisters Grimm
Saturday Paper chief correspondent
Political and sports commentator, author and former Independent politician
Beloved illustrator, cartoonist, occasional writer and sometimes broadcaster
Acclaimed singer-songwriter and author
There’ll be a DJ set by the gorgeous Angie Hart, wine, and copious amounts of letter writing. Stamps and envelopes will be provided, and in the spirit of participation attendees are encouraged to pen short notes.
The coming-of-age con movie is directed by Ben Chessell and co-written by Ben and Lawrence with incredible performances by veteran British actor Timothy Spall (Best Actor, Cannes 2104), John Luc (playing a young Lawrence), Lily Sullivan (Galore), with cameos by Kat Stewart (Offspring) and Shaun Micallef. Come join us for the celebration and be among the first people to see the film.
UPDATE: According to the booking site, the screening session is “SELLING FAST”, so reserve your seats before it sells out. HERE.
The award-winning bearded comic will present his brand new stand up comedy tour in various cities around Australia in 2015. Lawrence’s cavalcade of nerdcore wonders and mirth-heavy delights kicks off in March/April at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival at Trades Hall.
UPDATE: Seasons now concluded in Melbourne/Perth. Thanks to all who came!!
Reviews from Melbourne & Perth comedy festivals, April/May 2015:
“FOUR STARS” The Age
“4.5 STARS” - The West Australian
“4.5 STARS An utter joy to watch.” - Beat Magazine
“4 STARS. An all-round outstanding performer,
and his tales and one-liners are hilarious.
A fun and fast hour of comedy.” TheMusic
“One of the most effortlessly enjoyable shows of the festival.
There’s no escaping that fact.” - CHORTLE (UK)
“The Escapist is as much in the storytelling genre as it is stand-up. The laughs come just as often and the humour is just as sharp but Lawrence Leung’s one-night only performance felt like a playful odyssey rather than a series of punchlines strung together with paper-thin segues.”
- West Australian
“He is a superb and ingenuous raconteur.”
- Australian Stage
“The Escapist is a perfectly curated performance…
Leung’s self-awareness and modesty makes for a stand up performance
that is authentic and easily relatable, at the same time as retaining some edginess.
Leung uses the dying art of story telling to divulge his own life experiences
in a way that is both heartwarming and scintillating.”
We’re looking at other cities at the moment and hope to have some more dates to announce shortly.
ABC2 officially announces the air date for Australia’s first kung fu comedy series. Tuesday February 24, 9pm.
Maximum Choppage is a painfully funny, six-part, genre-busting action/comedy series written by Lawrence Leung, Josh Maplestone and Duncan Sarkis (Flight of the Conchords). Here’s the trailer:
Lawrence plays the unqualified hero Simon Chan, who is reluctantly trying to save his town with his best pals, Petal (Stephanie Son) and Egg (Dave Eastgate). The hilarious cast includes Kathryn Yuen as Simon’s mum, Darren Gilshenan, Georgina Haig, Jason Chong, Andy Trieu, Anthony Brandon Wong, Fellino Delloso, Jackson Reine and Lap Phan.
Oh and let’s not forget about the awesome stunts by the Dong Tam crew.
Directed by Craig Melville and produced by Sophie Miller & Julie Eckersley at MatchboxPictures (NBC Universal), MaximumChoppage is unlike anything seen on Aussie TV at the moment and we’re all pretty excited about it.
Cabramatta needs a hero. Instead they got Simon, Egg and Petal.
Lawrence is thrilled to be hosting events with one of his childhood heroes - the brilliant magician, sceptic, author, paranormal investigator James Randi - for the Syd/Melb/Bris leg of his national tour.
James Randi (known as ‘The Amazing Randi’) enjoyed an international reputation as a magician and escape artist, but he is perhaps best known in the last three decades as the world’s most tireless investigator and de-mystifier of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims.
Some of you may remember Randi from the Psychics episode of the TV series LAWRENCE LEUNG’S UNBELIEVABLE (ABC1) when Lawrence tried to fool the professional sceptic with his magical crystal ball (with ipad hidden inside) to win Randi’s $1million psychic challenge. He “busted” Lawrence straight away.
Randi is touring in December with his doco “AN HONEST LIAR” and Lawrence is hosting the Q&A in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney about the fascinating career and tales from this (de)mystifying 86 year old. Richard Saunders from SkepticZone will be opening the evenings and there’s a chance to meet the Amazing Randi too.