Though the Trades Hall and its intimate rooms provide the perfect venue for those who can't pack out the Town Hall, the size is far from an indicator of how funny a show is. It’s funnier when you can see the comedian close up, and tonight Lawrence Leung is showcasing his series of stories in Beginning, Middle, End , with reference to the structure and process of a comedy performance.
The “Beginning” of the show commences with Lawrence’s flatmate who is also a comedian referred to as Adam, who comes across some bizarre fan fiction on the heavy metal website “Dude Rocket” about Lawrence Leung. Lawrence the protagonist of this story undergoes a transformation into a woman and falls pregnant to Toadfish from neighbours, with Adam adding to Lawrence’s humiliation by leaving him pregnancy tests in the fridge and bathroom cupboard. During the show Lawrence relies on the use of slides and video to enhanced comedic effect.
There are other sub stories that add to the hilarity of the show. One of these is his love for Millie or Millicent, whom he pursues to Japan where he tries to impress her but ends up eating something politically incorrect that is revealed in the show and vomiting on her boss. Lawrence’s self deprecating humour adds to his appeal, and his confessed lack of experience with the opposite sex results in some funny tales that he regales us with. The “Middle” features dispelling the sex appeal of Colin Firth, (who is the brooding object of desire of Milly and her friends), with some ingenious prank calls using Colin’s recorded voice along with a power point presentation to discredit Colin’s apparent sexiness.
The “End” of the piece is some cleverly constructed video footage of Lawrence, with the funniest look of awe on his face that you cannot help but laugh at, that concludes the “Beginning” nicely. We are all left wondering how the fan fiction story ends, and Lawrence invites us all to have a go.
Beginning, Middle, End. is clever, quirky comedy from a talented, down to earth comedian that you can’t help but warm to.