LAWRENCE Leung wants you to seize a quiet moment in the day and try a simple exercise.
Stop looking forward, the Melbourne comedian urges, and start looking back on past events to unravel the moments that have shaped your life.
That’s what he did – and all shall be revealed in new Perth Comedy Festival show, The Man Who Stopped For A Sandwich.
“In everyone’s life, you can trace back the reasons: like the reason someone might become a journalist may come all the way back to a bus they missed one day and then they ended up meeting someone or getting a job opportunity – these tiny little moments can have unforeseen consequences but only in hindsight can we discover what they were.
“It’s quite interesting to look back on our lives and draw the connections together and it’s really quite fun too – I think it’s something everyone should do.”
The all-round nice guy and self-confessed geek of TV’s Choose Your Own Adventure and Offspring, said people mostly thought of cause and effect when it came to the notion of soul mates.
“They think: ‘Maybe we were always meant to be together – if we weren’t here at a particular time we wouldn’t have looked across the bus stop.’ That type of stuff,” Leung said.
“That’s pretty much the only time people think about it, or when things go really bad they try to think about the reasons it went bad.”
In The Man Who Stopped For A Sandwich, Lawrence delves into coincidence and fate within his life and in history.
“I’ve managed to draw some uncanny and hilarious parallels between things and it seems that in so many events both in my life but also in major world-changing parts from history, that if you draw back the cause and effect, then sometimes they can all be drawn back to the humble sandwich,” he revealed.
“Like, a sandwich was involved in the assassination of Franz Ferdinand that triggered World War I.”
As a child – “small, geeky and Asian”, as he puts it – Lawrence used humour as a defence against bullies.
Twenty years into his career, he continues to revel in comedy of the positive kind.
“A lot of people get up on stage and do comedy about things they hate – they’ll do a rant against something and there’s a place for that, especially when it comes to satirical or political comedy – but I love doing comedy not out of negativity but out of love and just joy,” Leung said.
What: The Man Who Stopped For A Sandwich
When: May 18
Where: Astor Theatre, Mt Lawley