Michael Legge (comedian)
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Michael Legge (born 12 August 1968) is a Northern-Irish stand-up comedian and television host. He has written for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, MTV, VH1 and other media, and has appeared in numerous venues throughout the UK as well as in Australia, USA, Canada, Singapore, the Netherlands, Germany and Dubai. Legge has also performed Warm-Up for television shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats, Would I Lie to You? and many others. Before becoming a professional comedian, Legge featured in several TV commercials.
Legge began performing in 1991 along with the writer Stella Duffy and fellow comedian John Gordillo in the London version of the improvised comedy stage show Theatresports. He became Artistic Director of London Theatresports in 1995 and performed in their popular weekly show, Scriptease, at the Tristan Bates Theatre.
He has performed in several Edinburgh Festival shows including The Conversation (2004) with John Voce, The Vagina Monologues (2005), The Clock Hour (2008) and King of Everything (2009) with Johnny Candon.
Legge co-founded and performed in the cult comedy sketch show The Real Daniel O'Donnell Show (2007–2008) at The Albany, London. The monthly show featured Michael along with Paul Litchfield & Jeremy Limb of sketch group The Trap and Margaret Cabourn-Smith & Zoe Gardner of The Congress of Oddities along with contributions from Dan Mersh. It also regularly featured stand-up comedian guests and live bands. The Real Daniel O'Donnell Show spawned the 2008 Edinburgh Festival show The Clock Hour.
His blog won the 2009 Chortle award for Best off-stage contribution.
Legge also co-hosted a podcast called Precious Little Podcast with James Hingley. The podcast regularly featured Michael shouting at everything. Although not officially declared dead, the podcast has been on hiatus since April 2011 and the content removed from the website. Through the podcast, Michael occasionally filled in for Richard Herring on his 6 Music radio show with Andrew Collins.
Legge's first solo show was Curse Sir Walter Raleigh, which debuted at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011. In 2012 Legge produced What A Shame which he recorded for a future album release in March 2013. Legge has also recorded Pointless Anger, Righteous Ire, an improvised show alongsinde Robin Ince
For Comic Relief in March 2012, Legge wrote a blog continuously for 24 hours, rasing more than £2500 for the charity.