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Legge gets helping hand with some alternative comic moments


Josie Long

Josie Long

Josie Long

It seemed appropriate, given it's called Private Hell, that Newtownards man Michael Legge didn't top the bill at his own show.

Following introductory gags about being home from London for Christmas, being accosted by roller skating youths and some well received digs at musician Julian Cope's decision to withdraw from the festival line up because of security concerns the audience was treated to a surreal set from Northern Ireland's "demented bohemian clown" Paul Currie.

A rising star in the UK and Ireland, the strangely alluring long haired comedy freak had people in stitches. Not with punchlines, but a singing puppet and weeping into a bowl of cornflakes among other far out physical comedy. Then Chortle-award winning comedian Legge was back to share more of his Private Hell with us, including his hatred for Mrs Brown's Boys and being mistaken for fellow comedian Dave Gorman.

It then fell to Josie Long (right) to end the night with some material on whole life tariffs, out of shape ginger bearded men, longing to be friends with a fashionable French lesbian couple and dsproportionately identifying with Jay-Z.

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