Lawrence Leung Learns To Breakdance

 

 

Sleeping in a bunk bed until the age of 24, it’s fair to say Lawrence Leung has never been cool. Join him as he encounters trendy fashionistas, road-tests professional pick-up lines and stumbles head-first into a hardcore

breakdancing championship – all in an attempt to settle the score with his infinitely-cooler, bass guitar-playing brother. What is “coolness”? Is it all a myth? And does doing a show about the notion of cool ultimately make one uncool? You decide.

 

 

The show won The Age Critics’ Award at the 2007 Melbourne Comedy Festival and 2008 The Time Out Sydney award for Best Local Comedian at the Sydney Comedy Festival.

 

 

“Breakdance” has been performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (Trades Hall), The Edinburgh Fringe (Assembly Rooms), London’s Soho Theatre, The Melbourne Fringe, The Perth International Arts Festival, The Adelaide Fringe and The Sydney Opera House.

 

‘The pace never slackens, the laughter is frequent and the content is beautifully timed.’ The Age

 

“A show with real heart, an uplifting message and hilarious lines that come thick and fast.” Chortle, UK 2007

Puzzleboy

Growing up, Lawrence could solve a Rubik’s Cube in a heartbeat but when it came to girls he had no clue. A true tale of forgotten words, lost letters and puzzling pursuits. Based upon memories and genuine undelivered love letters

locked in a briefcase under his bed, Lawrence weaves a riddle spanning 15 years, from a childhood obsession with puzzles to solving the enigma of first love.

 

 

Puzzleboy has been performed at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and The Melbourne Fringe.

 

“A brilliant mix of the shyness of young love and boyish battles on the Rubik’s Cube” – The Age

 

“It is a marvellous show. Beautifully structured. You can’t help but fall in love with him” – InPress Magazine

 

“Probably the best-written show I’ve seen at the festival” – Beat Magazine

 

 

(Illustration: Robin Tatlow-Lord, as drawn during the show)

Andrew McClelland and Lawrence Leung’s Somewhat Secret Secret Society Show

 

From childhood clubs to the secret rulers of the world, Andrew and Lawrence have always wanted to become members of a secret society. Investigating the A-Z of calculating cults and bizarre brotherhoods, from across history and today, they will brainwash you with their ripping tales, revelations and close encounters.


Who are the secret rulers of the world? How can you become part of the New World Order and never have to wait in line at the supermarket again? Who broke into their car last November and stole all their painstaking research? Was it part of a sinister cover up to silence their investigations or was it because they left their laptop in a car in Collingwood? Conspiracy – or junkie? You decide.

 

This is the first teaming up as a double act of these former-school-friends-turned-comedians. “Secret Society” has been performed at the 2005 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, 2005 Melbourne Fringe, 2006 Adelaide Fringe and 2005 Edinburgh Fringe.

 

“An immeasurably enjoyable lark of a show, so praise comes as easily as the bellylaughs. You’d be hard pressed to have more fun in any other Comedy Festival show.” The Age

Sucker

 

Part expose, part confession, part psychology lecture. Lawrence’s deceptively witty one man show ‘SUCKER” is a con artist’s ‘show-and-tell’ about classic street swindles and scams, dodgy father figures and betrayal.

 

Included are live demonstrations of some classic street scams and card cheating

techniques that have fooled the gullible and the greedy for generations. The Three Card Monte of English seaside tricksters… the Lost Ring in the Pub Scam… the Gold Brick con… how professional card cheats produce Aces at Poker… and other cheeky delights.

 

 

Sucker was the first solo show Lawrence wrote and performed.  It won the Best Solo Show Award at the 2001 Melbourne Fringe. A festival favourite, it has been invited to or appeared at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Adelaide Cabaret Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe, Hothouse Theatre, The Dublin Fringe, The New Zealand International Comedy Festival, The Dunedin Fringe and the Brisbane Festival.  Sucker had clocked its 100th show in Sydney in 2002 where Lawrence was told that he was one of the youngest performers ever to stage their own one-person show at the Sydney Opera House.

 

The feature film adaptation is currently in development.

 

“A genuinely surprising triumph… enthralling and very funny… touching, thoughtful and multi-layered… I left the theatre in baffled awe…”
The Age

 

“Slick with wit.” Herald Sun

 

“Witty, savvy and very cool” The Scotsman

 

“Missing it would be criminal…. a must see” – The Adelaide Advertiser

 

SKEPTIC

“Skeptic” was Lawrence’s second solo show in 2003. It traced his longtime fascination with ghosts, psychics, science and scepticism.

 

Part science/psychology lecture, part boys-own-adventure, Lawrence’s comedic slide show presentation featured highlights of his 2002 ghost hunting exploits

around Scotland and statistical analysis of the “readings” that celebrity psychic John Edward made during a concert Lawrence attended.  Ironically, though he claimed he didn’t possess any psychic abilities of his own, during the show Lawrence  was seemingly able to guess the date of birth, phobias and PIN numbers of random audience members he’d never met before. Featuring illusions, games of perception and ludicrous science experiments, “Skeptic” aimed to show that seeing isn’t always believing.

 

The show appeared at the 2003 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the 2004 Adelaide Fringe. At the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe, it  was ranked number 3 in The Sunday Times (UK) Top Ten Best Edinburgh Shows featuring real-life stories and challenges. By night he performed the show, by day Lawrence became a consultant for Scotland’s national newspaper (The Scotsman). He was sent to investigate an Irish showbiz psychic and slept in 300 year old catacombs under the Old Town to find ghosts.

 

Seven years later, Lawrence began adapting some ideas and themes from the show for his new TV project Unbelievable.

 

“His stories are wrapped in honesty, wry observation and originality. Skeptic allows Lawrence to traverse a range of personal, philosophical and spiritual questions without pontification or cynicism… simultaneously a funny and serious show.” DB MAGAZINE (Adelaide)

 

“Four Stars ****” METRO (Edinburgh)

 

 

TIME NINJAS

The Paradoxical Adventures of Lawrence Leung & Andrew McClelland: Time Ninjas

 

 

Lawrence Leung and Andrew McClelland have stumbled upon time travel. Now they’re going forward to the past to make things better. Hopefully. A mind-bending comedy that will go down in history… or potentially destroy it.

 

The second double-act show of these two performers/friends/nemeses is a whirlwind of slapstick comedy, bad German accents and chronologically-challenged bitter rivalry.

 

In 2009, “Time Ninjas” premiered at the Adelaide Fringe, before heading to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney – where it won the 2009 Time Out Sydney Comedy Festival’s Jury Prize.