Colin Leggo: Leggoland

Thu 6th – Sun 30th August 2015

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Bethan Roberts

at 16:40 on 17th Aug 2015

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Colin Leggo observes at the outset of Leggoland that at Edinburgh you’ve got to have a theme. A year ago his leg was amputated below the knee, and Leggo’s show (yes, that is his real name) talks through the events that led up to the operation, and the various obstacles he faced along the way. Leggo is assisted by the images and video clips he has arranged into a PowerPoint, making the show an unexpectedly multimedia experience for a pub on a Sunday afternoon.

The crowd seem taken with Leggo, and his set raises a lot of laughs. He comes across as a very likeable presence onstage, and has clearly thought carefully about how to keep his audience engaged, in addition to the PowerPoint also employing song at appropriate moments in the set. Sometimes the inclusion of video feels a little unnecessary - the Indian adverts for products also named ‘Colin’ are amusing in the way Youtube videos are, but feel a bit out of place in a stand-up set, and the scenes of characters called Colin are baffling non-sequiturs.

Ultimately, Leggo’s performance is interesting but not consistently amusing. There are some very funny moments, such as when Leggo recounts getting trashy magazines to publish fake stories of his amputation, “Drunk Badger Attack Left Me Legless!” being one real example. It leaves the impression that a more satisfying show could have been produced had Leggo focussed more exclusively on one such topic, and really went to town with it rather than rattling through a more mixed bag of experiences and anecdotes. Furthermore, some of Leggo’s throwaway remarks are a little uncomfortable, such as when he refers to hospital staff and patients as all being ‘mentalists.’ On the plus side, this reminded at least one audience member to take her antidepressants, but could also be quite an alienating experience, as the crowd seem to be expected to laugh along.

Despite some shortcomings Leggoland is a show with a message of positivity, as Leggo seems thoroughly enlivened and rejuvenated after some incredibly trying experiences. You leave the show liking Leggo himself, and impressed by his stage presence, but perhaps wishing he had chosen a theme which allows him to better showcase his comedic talent.

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Polly Jacobs

at 11:40 on 18th Aug 2015

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Accompanied by the homely clinking of glasses in a central bar, Colin Leggo is a relative newcomer to the comedy scene. A recent amputee, Leggo tells his incredibly compelling story of overcoming life's unforeseen obstacles.

This was at its best when describing hyperbolic news articles, and some parts were genuinely funny. Unfortunately this was a performance that lacked variety: it seemed to be based around one central idea and one joke that was essentially phrased in different ways. It was also cut with strange clips, related to the performance only in the way that they seemed to contain the word 'Colin' this seemed a fairly cheap way of self-promotion and forcing the audience to remember his name.

Some say that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. I believe that puns are. At the beginning and the end of the act, a smattering of fairly predictable puns sandwiched the act unnecessarily. The comedy was also accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation. When using this, at times it seemed like this was the act of a person who had just discovered Google images and found it utterly and unduly hilarious. Admittedly, the odd personal picture from youth is always endearingly sweet.

Some members of the audience seemed to find this act very funny, so it is entirely possible that this was an act not suited to my taste, as comedy is a very subjective thing. To me, jokes seemed fairly predictable and on occasion rather tasteless. I truly don't think that a character such as Oscar Pistorius can ever be incorporated into something humorous, and matters such as mental health were less than sensitively handled. Leggo's stage presence was like the melding of a game show host and a character from children's television, although this was accompanied by a hint of bitterness.

This is not a show that is particularly special or outstanding. If you are in the area, perhaps poke your head in, but this was not a performance that leaves one screeching from the rooftops about its quality. Doubtless, Leggo is an admirable man who has been on an amazing journey. If you enjoy a cheap laugh at the free Fringe then you will probably enjoy this performance.

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