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Published April 7, 2018

It might seem a little vain to appoint oneself the King of Comedy. Yet, in his latest show of the same name, this is the mantle that Kyle Legacy, resplendent in a cape and crown, has adopted.

And boy is he going to work for it. Almost the entirety of his show is audience participation. Towards the end he informs us that he only has two jokes, and throughout he is constantly glancing at his watch (reminding us that there are…still three hours left). But, with the assistance of AV guy Chad, the audience are kept in constant hysterics. Legacy is someone clearly very practised at his particular art, maybe he does deserve some kind of honorific. It’s also, therefore, utterly inappropriate for anyone who has issues with audience participation. Even hiding in the back row, cloaked by darkness, the group of women sitting next to me were still left unspared.

It’s hard to describe the exact nature of Legacy’s material – given that it was all improvised based on his interactions with the audience – but perhaps we can think about its tone. Legacy is playing to the room, almost a little like he’s asking the audience to tell him what to say; this was very clearly demonstrated in that, after a short diatribe about Wales, he discovered that a woman sitting quite close to the stage was, herself, Welsh. “Look at me back-pedalling!” he cried. It was still very funny, but there was now a human face on it, and he wanted to be very clear that he wasn’t trying to cause offense.

A lot of good humour came from his interactions with his AV guy, who would frequently interject with audio cues, particularly the use of Oh Yeah (which audiences will recognise from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off).

There’s a lot of dagginess, matched with insane amounts of confidence that makes him incredibly endearing. You feel like this is someone who will take whatever is thrown at him, and bounce back with good humour. And therein lies the true appeal of King of Comedy; it’s completely unashamed and proud of what it is, and, so help me, I love an underdog.

 

is at Coopers Inn at 8:50pm Wed – Mon (No Tues). All Tickets $21, $14 on Wed. Check out the MICF website for more details.

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