Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

NOT even talk show queen Oprah Win­frey could up­stage Sucker writer Lawrence Le­ung and star John Luc.

A screen­ing of their film, based on Le­ung’s first solo stand-up show, fol­lowed by a Q and A at Hoyts Carousel last week, sold out de­spite be­ing the same night Oprah made her Perth de­but.

“Yeah, I heard she tried to get tick­ets to our movie but she has got an­other gig on,” Le­ung joked, speak­ing to Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group ahead of the screen­ing.

Le­ung and Luc kept mod­est about the fact the co­me­dian and YouTube sen­sa­tion had built a com­bined fan base that could ri­val the most fa­mous woman on Earth.

They dis­cussed the sim­i­lar paths their ca­reers took to garner such a loyal fol­low­ing.

“YouTube fame was a happy accident; you just kind of fall into it,” Luc said.

“You just start off for fun as a hobby for your friends to make them laugh and stuff, then you pick up an au­di­ence be­cause it’s on the in­ter­net and it just builds and builds and you get a fan base go­ing.

“It was hard work; you just have to keep work­ing at it.”

It was a sim­i­lar process for Le­ung, who kept work­ing at his stand-up rou­tines.

“I wish the in­ter­net was around when I started, as there are a lot of co­me­di­ans now that have built a fol­low­ing from the in­ter­net be­fore they do their live stuff,” he said.

“I went through the tra­di­tional route, which was to get up there on stages in pubs and clubs and fail­ing and fail­ing un­til I got bet­ter and bet­ter; there’s noth­ing quite like hav­ing peo­ple in the au­di­ence tell you you’re s***, to know what works and what doesn’t work.

Le­ung said his film, which took sev- eral years to bring to the screen, felt like his first-born child.

“I don’t know what it’s like to have chil­dren yet, but it feels like my first child be­cause I’ve done lots of solo shows since writ­ing the film and projects on stage or screen and this one was my very first one, so it feels like my old­est child,” he said.

Sucker will be on dig­i­tal release from Jan­uary 13.

Ju­lian Wright

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d447301

Ac­tor John Luc and writer Lawrence Le­ung.

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