Comedy review: Michael Legge – Free Wi-Fi
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Michael Legge – Free Wi-Fi at The Stand Comedy Club II (Venue 5B), reviewed by Jay Richardson
Michael Legge can’t understand how younger comics sustain such optimism at the Fringe, not when so many things send him apoplectic with rage. God knows, he wants to be happy, because bitterness is costing him potential audiences.
Barrelling through an extremely lengthy, gag-packed list of those who’ve irritated him this year, he reserves particular ire for Twitter, or at least those taking to the social network to try to make high-profile paedophilia allegations all about them. Rude youths on rollerskates, getting stuck in conversation with a friend of a friend, even the changing use of the word “device”, anything can set him off.
So it was with a masochistic and monumental lack of self-regard that he accepted a ticket to see his bête noire, Mrs Brown’s Boys, live on stage. Confirming his worst suspicions about the primetime show and more, it’s just one instance in which he approaches sublime paroxysms of beautifully crafted fury.
Mixing it up a bit, Legge recounts a trip to Bulgaria, where he experienced a meeting of minds with local drinkers and had a frog-related epiphany. A tad long-winded and jarring in relation to the rest of the show, it stifles the momentum for a good ten minutes.
Until 25 August. Today 3:40pm
Originally published in The Scotsman