If Colin Leggo hadn't quite connected with the irony of his surname, a nurse in hospital – where he was recuperating from the operation which amputated his right leg below the knee – helpfully filled in the blanks for him. Leggo? Leg. Go? That's very much the premise of the show, and anyone expecting a show based around the Danish theme park would be much mistaken.
In actual fact, despite jokes about plastic building blocks being relatively few and far between, Leggo does exemplify the attitude that "everything is awesome". This is a warming story of how he faced adversity over the course of ten years of failed treatment to salvage his leg, before coming out the other side stronger and happier for the outcome.
It's all intensely biographical, and employs a good amount of documentary evidence from primary sources: old VHS recordings of school musicals, back-issues of Full House magazine – the usual scholarly materials. I'm always nervous when a comedian builds a routine around a slideshow, as the maxim "death by PowerPoint" applies as much, if not more, to stand-up comedy as it does to interminable workplace meetings. Thankfully, Leggo's PowerPoint skills are just as "mad" as he claims them to be; it all integrates exceptionally well, and is used to good effect to build and enhance punchlines and call-backs.
Leggo himself is personable and amusing, if seldom hilarious, as he genially recounts his trials and mishaps (occasionally through the medium of song). He spends more time riffing on his first name than his last, surprisingly, contending that Colins in TV or film tend to be losers, weirdos, or both. This is a running gag throughout the show, and these interludes are perhaps meant to punctuate breaks in the overall story, but I found them a little wearing and actually just hard to understand (an issue with recording or sound quality).
Leggoland is a well-conceived show, that manages to hang a number of threads off its amusing and affecting central conceit. It's slickly presented and charmingly delivered in a funny, honest way that avoids mawkishness or discomfort; instead, it sends you on your way smiling, and with a renewed appreciation for the simple pleasures in life that we maybe all take for granted.