Lawrence Leung

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Lawrence Leung
Lawrence Leung -speaking at the Aus Skeptics Convention 2017.jpg
Lawrence Leung speaking at the Australian Skeptics National Convention 2017
Born (1977-08-25) 25 August 1977 (age 40)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Occupation Comedian, writer
Known for Maximum Choppage
Lawrence Leung's Choose Your Own Adventure
Lawrence Leung's Unbelievable

Lawrence Leung (born 25 August 1977) is an Australian comedian, writer and director from Melbourne, Victoria. He is best known for his television series Lawrence Leung's Choose Your Own Adventure based his one-man shows on stories about his obsessions, such as breakdancing, ghosts, the Rubik's Cube and his family. The son of Leo and Doris Leung, he grew up in Box Hill, Melbourne.


Leung has performed in shows in London's West End, at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, as well as having toured Australia extensively. In 2001, his show Sucker won Best Solo Show at the Melbourne Fringe Festival,[1] while in 2007, his show Lawrence Leung Learns to Breakdance won the Age Critic's Award for best Australian show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival[2] and the Best Local (Australian) Show at the 2008 Sydney Comedy Festival.[3] His other shows included Skeptic,[4] The Marvellous Misadventures of Puzzle Boy[5] and Lawrence Leung Wants A Jetpack.[6] He has also written pranks for the satirical comedy TV show The Chaser's War on Everything.[7]

Leung often performs with Andrew McClelland; the pair have been friends since school and started in comedy together in an improvised comedy group called the Improbables,[8] which also featured other young Melbourne comedians including Nick Caddaye (from sketch troupe Anarchist Guild Social Committee), Adam McKenzie (from comedy trio The Hounds) and UK-based comic Yianni Agislaou. Their most recent collaboration was The Paradoxical Adventures of Lawrence Leung and Andrew McClelland: Time Ninjas,[9] which both parodied their usual comedy styles and explores their youth together. Time Ninjas won the Jury Award at the 2009 Sydney Comedy Festival.[10]

TV series[edit]

Leung was the writer and star of Lawrence Leung's Choose Your Own Adventure, which aired on ABC1 and ABC2 in 2009. The show revolves around Leung attempting to re-live childhood ambitions and is described as "an imaginative documentary/comedy/adventure series where the innocence of childhood ambition clashes with the realities of adulthood, resulting in unexpected consequences that are hair-raising, heart-warming and hilarious."[11] In April 2009, he released a soundtrack EP from the show called Choose Your Own Adventure: Music from the ABC TV Series, consisting of six tracks, mostly from the "Be a Rock Star" and "Find Love" episodes. The 2-disc complete series DVD of Lawrence Leung's Choose Your Own Adventure was released on 7 May 2009.[12] Extras include deleted scenes, music videos and a 57min tutorial taught by Leung entitled "How To Solve The Rubik's Cube".

The series was nominated for a 2009 AFI Award in the category of Best Television Comedy.

Leung returned to ABC1 in 2011 with a new six-part documentary series titled Lawrence Leung's Unbelievable[13] which investigated supernatural phenomena such as aliens, psychic powers, magic, and ghosts - and why some people feel the need to believe in these things.

Maximum Choppage is an Australian television comedy series starring Lawrence Leung. The six-part series premiered in 2015 on ABC2. It is directed by Craig Melville and written by Leung, Duncan Sarkies and Josh Mapleston. It is produced by Julie Eckersley, Sophie Miller and Linda Micsko with executive producers Tony Ayres and Debbie Lee. The series is based on the film work of Timothy Ly which was developed into the TV series by Matchbox Pictures. Lawrence Leung stars as Simon Chan who has returned to his hometown of Cabramatta. Whilst everyone thinks he was studying at a legendary martial arts school in Beijing, the truth is he was at Marshall's Art School, in Melbourne. Skilful with a paintbrush but clueless in combat, Simon is the exact opposite of an action hero. However, due to his mother’s boasting, everyone in Cabramatta thinks he is a kung fu master and the new saviour of their town.[1]

Radio and television appearances[edit]

Leung has been a regular guest on breakfast radio (3RRR Breakfasters) and appeared on Tony Martin & Ed Kavalee's Get This (3MMM) and Loose Ends (BBC).

Leung performed a guest stand up set on RMITV's The Loft Live Episode 12 of Season 8 13 April 2000 broadcast on Channel 31 Melbourne.

He also co-hosted the Sunday morning breakfast show on Melbourne's Fox FM in 2005 and 2006 with Courteney Hocking and Andrew McClelland.

Leung wrote and presented regular off-beat mini-documentaries for Steve "The Sandman" Abbott's variety show In Siberia Tonight (SBS TV, 2004).

He was a writer of pranks for two seasons of ABC TV's The Chaser's War On Everything and has appeared on a variety of television shows including The Today Show (Nine Network), Stand Up Australia (The Comedy Channel), The Edinburgh Show (BBC2), Open House (RTÉ).

On 4 April 2009, Leung was guest programmer on ABC1's popular and long running overnight music video show Rage.[14]

On 26 May 2009, Leung appeared as a guest on Australian game show Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation.

On 7 April 2013 Leung appeared on Australian television series Offspring as Dr. Elvis Kwan. He is to replace Asher Keddie's character Nina Proudman at St Francis Hospital while she takes maternity leave.


Leung has a Star Wars character named after him (Lar Le'ung, a Jedi Knight) in the 2009 Star Wars comic book series Star Wars: Invasion, written by Tom Taylor and illustrated by Colin Wilson.[15]

He also won GQ (Australia) Magazine's Man of the Year 2009,[16] in the category of Comedic Talent of the Year.


  1. ^ "Sucker". Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Ziffer, Daniel (30 April 2007). "Jokes aside, Kitson is the best – Comedy Festival – Arts – Entertainment". The Age. Australia. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Lawrence Leung Learns To Breakdance". Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Skeptic". Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Puzzleboy". Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Lawrence Leung Wants a Jetpack". Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Sunday Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph, 22 March 2009, Pg 6.
  8. ^ "Lawrence Leung's comic ascent – Arts – Entertainment". Sydney Morning Herald. 12 April 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Time Ninjas Archived 9 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine. at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival
  10. ^ "Comedy Awards 2009 – Features – Comedy". Time Out. Sydney. Archived from the original on 17 May 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Lawrence Leung's Choose Your Own Adventure Starts Filming". Australia: ABC. 21 May 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 April 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  13. ^ "Funny how that happens". Sydney Morning Herald. 13 March 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "r a g e | Lawrence Leung". Australia: ABC. 4 April 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  15. ^ Leung, Lawrence (4 June 2009). "'The teatowel was my Jedi robe'". The Age. Australia. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  16. ^ "2009 GQ Men of the Year Awards". Retrieved 15 October 2011. 

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