Leung, Luc an ‘l’ of a double act
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 said before 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 several 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.
Actor John Luc and writer Lawrence Leung.