This article is from 2007.
As well as starring in theatre show Killer Joe, a trailer trash thriller with a cast of actors and comedians, Tony Law has what appears to be a stand-up show. It’s called Revenge of the Dog of Time and the Fringe brochure promises ‘random good fun’. Random doesn’t even begin to cover the oddities within. After starting with some great leftfield anecdotal material, a kind of save-the-world plot quickly emerges, complete with time-travelling sausage dogs and a quest to prevent global warming. So far, so funny. Drafting in two small comedians and a pair of small dogs for assistance, the action then shifts to character-filled storytelling. But when Law and the action leap to the North Pole, the audience don’t follow.
Although the gags are ingenious and Law transforms himself into each character with terrifying accuracy, it just doesn’t hang together. A randomly inserted sketch about rubbish comedians is totally misplaced (and proves that if you’re going to parody bad comedy, you have to do it well). In the end, all that’s left is some tedious dancing and a dirty feeling of regret for the show’s wasted potential. Not even the cute little puppies can save the day.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 668 1633, until 27 Aug (not 15), 8.15pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).