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.
We are proud to announce that Lawrence has begun shooting a 6-part genre-busting action/comedy series named MAXIMUM CHOPPAGE, a co-production between ABC2 and Matchbox Pictures/NBCUniversal.
Lawrence is set to play the reluctant hero Simon Chan alongside Dave Eastgate, Stephanie Son, Darren Gilshenan, Anthony Brandon Wong, Jason Chong, Andy Trieu, Georgina Haig, Lap Phan and Felino Dolloso. Talented newcomer Kathryn Yuen will play his character’s mum.
The production is currently filming in Cabramatta and locations across Sydney with fight choreography by Trung Ly and his Dong Tam stunt team. Lawrence is expected to do his stunts!
He is also one of the writers (penning three eps) alongside Duncan Sarkis (Flight of the Conchords) and Josh Maplestone. The series is directed by Craig Melville who was also a director for Lawrence’s previous two ABC1 shows Choose Your Own Adventure and Unbelievable.
The series is expected to go to air on ABC2 in early 2015.
Lawrence also appears on SBS2′s The Feed as a guest reporter. The Feed is a news/technology/culture show on weeknights 7:30pm on SBS2.
Some stories required him to “immerse” himself into a subculture. For example, Lawrence armed himself with a foam rubber sword and GoPro camera and go into battle against 300 Live Action Role Players in a forest for a story about LARPing.
Lawrence plays against type as Jasper – the rude owner of a “Melbourne hipster cafe”.
In episode 2 of Channel Nine’s successful TV drama series House Husbands, Kane (Gyton Grantley) seeks a job at Jasper’s Cafe but is knocked back by Jasper (Lawrence) who is less than impressed and more concerned with checking his tweets. Later, he comes back to the cafe offering to sell Jasper a consignment of his homemade specialty: “Kane’s Pies”.
Lawrence’s disillusioned pie eating reached 1.2million viewers. Logie for Most Unconvincing Hipster, anyone?
Lawrence sat in a chair to reveal, confess, squirm and laugh at the awkward rites of passage that make up the modern Australian male in the new 6-part ABC1 series AGONY UNCLES.
Described as “Wrong. Inappropriate. Confessional. Illuminating”, the embarrassingly honest talking-head series invited some of Australia’s wittiest and wisest (?) celebrity gents to “put their reputations on the line to tell you what it’s really like to be single, cohabitate, marry, divorce and then be single again in the 21st century”. The result is a fun program that might help clueless guys out (and help women avoid such guys).
A year and a half ago, series creator Adam Zwar (Wilfred, Lowdown) grilled Lawrence on his thoughts on the do’s and don’ts of picking-up, falling in love and getting his heart broken. Lawrence considers his advice to be more in the “this is what you should NOT do” camp and regrets recalling some of the embarrassing anecdotes he bared to the nation.
The other AGONY UNCLES include Waleed Aly (broadcaster, academic), Adam Elliot (Academy Award winning animator), father & son John/Tom Elliott, Kick Gurry, Ed Kavalee (actor, TV host), Andrew Knight (screenwriter, producer), Josh Lawson (actor, screenwriter) and Lawrence Mooney (comedian) who many think stole the show with his infectious laughter and self-deprecation.
It was screened Wednesdays on 9:30 ABC1 in Australia during March/April, 2012.
Lawrence Leung’s Unbelievable is a globe-trotting comedy documentary series that investigates the impossible and irrational. With a rare formula of science, psychology and silliness, the ABC1 comedy series has been billed as “Ghostbusters meets Mythbusters”.
Photo: Ben King
The first half of the series is about the paranormal and asks whether the truth really “out there” or inside our minds?
EP 1: Psychics
EP 2: Ghosts
EP 3: UFO
The second half of the series takes a look at deception and illusion in more familiar worlds.
EP 4: Magic
EP 5: Manipulation
EP 6: The Experiment
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Nominated for Best Television Comedy at the 2009 AFI Awards, Lawrence Leung’s “Choose Your Own Adventure” is a 6-part comedy documentary that aired on ABC1 in 2009. It’s a series that asks two questions:
“What did you want to be as a kid but never got around to? What if you could do it now?”
Lawrence goes on an adventure of a lifetime to attempt to achieve his childhood dreams… it’s poignant, personal and piss funny.
Can he be a real man in a hardcore pro-wrestling ring? Can he beat the world’s fastest Rubik’s Cube speedsolvers in an underground Fight Club? Can he find MacGyver in Los Angeles? Will he prove he’s cool by breakdancing with Shabba Doo, star of cult classic “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo”? Can he survive a rap battle on the mean streets of L.A. or rock out live on MTV? And will he find true love with his childhood crush after more than twenty years?
Guided by mentors and scrutinised by his loving but concerned parents (Lawrence’s real mum and dad), Lawrence tries to make his naïve dreams come true as an adult. Lawrence’s quest is hair-raising, heart-warming and hilarious.
The 2-Disc DVD of the Complete Series is packed with 269min of goodies:
Hilarious deleted & extended scenes, more mum & dad out-takes, music video & karaoke videos and Lawrence’s “How to Solve the Rubik’s Cube” Tutorial – an epic step-by-step feature that is so long and obsessively detailed it could only fit on a separate disc. You will either fall asleep watching it or end up finally solving your Cube!
Lawrence’s tv show “Lawrence Leung’s Choose Your Own Adventure” will premiere on ABC1 on Wednesday the 25th of March at 9:30pm. There’s a preview video at the ABC available now . To stay update with news you can befriend Lawrence on myspace or join the facebook group.