EdFringe 2016

Tony Law: A Law Undo His-elf What Welcome

Where/when: Assembly Hall, 8pm

Dressed in flight suit, gardeners gloves and what seems to be an electrical tape corset, Tony Law strikes very much the sight of absurdity he has become known for. This year’s hour, is no different.

Built primarily around an obsession with making airplane noises and a semi-professional career in trampolining, it is very much the surreal kind of show fans of Tony Law will have come to expect.

The only issue is, it’s much lighter on laughs than previous years. An issue as, as Law himself admits, he is in the comedy section this year.

Many stretches seem to be absurd for absurdity sake, with little thought as to a punchline thrown in. Stories of training whales and being the first athlete to drink water are clever and interesting certainly, maybe amusing enough to provide a light giggle, but there are very few real deep belly laughs in the hour.

Those are there, mostly at the expense of the performer himself and his impressively wavy hair (it is fantastic hair, no doubt) do exist but are not of the kind Law, guest of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Have I Got News For You and 8 out of 10 Cats, is no doubt used to. These laughs are still not quite as rolling, and at much more tame premises than most Law jokes.

That is not to say it is all a let down, from a theatrical perspective it is well constructed and there is a surprisingly well done piece of interpretive dance to open the hour, as well as one bit of traditional Law magic involving a well and a tiny, scaly mammal. I really can’t explain the bit any more than that, it’s just something you have to hear for yourself.

The show may also be hurt by the venue, a much larger theatre than the smaller, more intimate Stand rooms Law has played in the past. In all, the show is as unique and enjoyable as ever but still maybe not as funny as Law’s usual fair.

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Scott Redmond

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