Lawrence Leung’s Choose Your Own Adventure

By David Knox on March 23, 2009 / Filed Under Programming, Reviews 11

llcyoaLawrence Leung will almost single-handedly drag the ’80s back to Aussie telly.

This unassuming comedian punctuates his new comedy series with references to Rubik’s Cube, breakdancing, Tiffany, INXS, The Karate Kid, MacGyver, movie soundtracks, TV themes and more.

In his 6 part series, Leung  revisits aspects of his adolescence as episodic missions, in much the same way that Earl has a weekly challenge in My Name is Earl.

In the first week he tries to track down his childhood sweetheart, Angela, whom he hasn’t seen since high school. He Googles her, finds his former best friend (now also a stand up comedian), and gets some guidance on how to impress Angela once he finds her.

Leung, who is the show’s writer and creator, even goes as far as Los Angeles where he gets tips from the creator of the ‘Speed Seduction’ method. ’80s pop star Tiffany also helps him write a potentially romantic love song on his guitar. It’s a charming moment.

Charm is a key to Leung’s personality. There doesn’t appear to be a sinister bone in his body as he self-deprecatingly explores amusing ambitions, rooted in a suburban upbringing. Shot in a pseudo-video diary style, Leung isn’t too far removed from the social observances and documentaries of John Safran, but with more humility and obedience to law.

Assisting Leung are Doris and Leo, his Hong Kong-born parents, who serve as supporting characters, advising, assisting or dismissing his weekly tasks. Who else would put their mother and father into their own comedy series? Doris and Leo really wanted Lawrence to be a doctor instead of a comedian. Take note, these two are set to become new cult heroes. Their joyous honesty brings forth some inspired (and possibly unscripted) lines and reactions.

In episodes to follow Leung will pursue becoming a rock star, breaking a world record, becoming a  man, and learning to be cool. Other guest stars across the series will include Dicko, Margaret Pomeranz, David Stratton, Kerry O’Brien, Tim Rogers, and Shabba Doo.

Produced by Martin Robertson and Julian Morrow (Leung used to write for The Chaser, all of whom are creative consultants), this is a series that champions the little (and geeky) guy.  He’s a lovable loser, who should easily put a smile on your face.

4_starsLawrence Leung’s Choose Your Own Adventure airs 9:30pm Wednesday on ABC1.

11 Comments »

  1. matt April 17, 2009 at 1:54 pm -

    Great, clever, imaginative. refreshing

  2. Go Lawrence! April 16, 2009 at 11:39 am -

    I watched it and I actually found it very entertaining, and being Asian I could really relate to it too, so that made it even funnier to me, it’s great! You people wineing just don’t appreciate a range of commedy!

  3. Dal April 1, 2009 at 8:26 pm -

    Saw this last week and thought it was one of the worst programs I’ve ever seen. Met up with some friends on the weekend who most of them saw it and they thought it was one of the most embarrassingly bad bits of tv they’ve seen in quite a while. Lawrence sux and this is a huge drop in ABC comedy after great stuff like The Chaser/Kath & Kim/Myles Barlow.

    Looks like it was made by an 8 year old.

  4. Dr Rudi March 27, 2009 at 9:16 am -

    The taxpayers paid for this ? Please, it was awful.

  5. Evil March 26, 2009 at 11:35 pm -

    Missed it last night so I watched it on iView. Great stuff.

  6. chris March 24, 2009 at 4:38 pm -

    Sounds new, different and fresh! So what the hell is it doing on aussie tv? …just kidding . I’m looking forwards to checking it out.

  7. D March 24, 2009 at 2:15 pm -

    Mikey, you gotta love promotion departments! ;-)

  8. Dan Ilic March 23, 2009 at 9:59 pm -

    Go Lawrence!

  9. what_tha March 23, 2009 at 9:13 pm -

    Saw a preview on iTunes, and I’m really looking forward to this!!!!!!!

  10. Belinda March 23, 2009 at 11:07 am -

    I’m looking forward to this one.

  11. mikey March 23, 2009 at 8:28 am -

    Jesus this guy’s getting a lot of media spread at the moment… His show hasn’t even been on telly yet.

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