Tony Law (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

Tony Law

Comic lunacy almost tempered by real life at 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show

Tony Law is apologetic for not being fully prepared: 'If I go over here, don't think I’m looking at my notes, I'm just checking on my beverages!' It seems surprising that he suggests preparing anything at all. Law is simply a force of funny. Bounding on stage in a skin-tight onesie and a handy red rag 'distraction' tied into his hair, he issues forth with typically obscure statements, some actual gags and a running commentary on what he's doing that also covers his own subtext to save us reading anything into it.

Law always seems to create utter hilarity out of apparently nothing: as the unitard suggested at the beginning, there's another knicker-wettingly funny expressive gymnastics routine, this time with an unruly beach ball as his prop. This year, however, Law has suffered a family tragedy and, yes, he still manages to get jokes out of that too, largely through his own somewhat juvenile, yet genuine, reaction to death.

Normal service is resumed by the end, with an incredibly contrived and absurd rounding-up of all the disparate elements. The man has funny bones, even if they are feeling a little sad at the moment.

The Stand III, 558 7272, until 24 Aug, 12.10pm, £11 (£8).

Tony Law: Enter The Tonezone

  • 4 stars

Surreal and energetic humour from the Canadian stand-up.