Stuart Laws: Stops (3 stars)

This article is from 2017

Stuart Laws: Stops

Distinctive, semi-surrealist stand-up which plays a dangerous game

Stuart Laws is as far from the typical in-your-face comedian as you can get. For most of this show, he keeps a significant physical distance between himself and the front row, and yet the further away he gets the more his gathering seems to want to take him into their hearts. Which may well be Laws' ultimate triumph given the stand-offish vibe (on both sides of this comedic tug-o-war) that the set began with.

Small and daft are the watchwords for this Fringe hour as Laws gets giddy on deliberate mispronunciation, and rattling through homophones by the dozen. For an uncomfortably significant chunk of Stuart Laws Stops, he plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse with his audience, neither side initially willing to cede an inch before the gathering finally submits to his off kilter will.

Proudly sporting a gilet (and determined to find someone else in the room draped in similar sartorial grandeur), Laws rattles through gags and topics with a quasi-surrealist flourish. He rips apart the acting abilities of Idris Elba, makes honking noises from out of his mouth, and injects fresh and (let's say it again) daft life into seemingly over-familiar areas such as holidays, love and visits to the bakery. A distinctive and unusual treat.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug, 7pm, £7–£9.50 (£6–£8.50).

Stuart Laws Stops

  • 3 stars

Surrealism and hilarity from Stuart Laws.