“I made the huge mistake of thinking of myself as an artist. And financial success died right there that day. But come. Come see a comedy version of why people like Jazz and obscure classical music.”
WHO: Tony Law: Star and Lord
WHAT: “Tony Law Identifies the elements and as Canadian, Trinidadian, Celt, Anglo-Saxon, Viking, guy, working class, and autodidact. This show is a comedy show and it is original and funnier than all the other shows in Edinburgh if you are smart and funny. Otherwise it’s not if you are, for example, a dickhead. Otherwise. The best. ‘Impeccable’ (Times). ‘Surreal genius’ (Telegraph). Tony has appeared on Have I Got News For You, The Alternative Comedy Experience, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Never Mind The Buzzcocks. **** (Guardian). **** (Times). **** (EdFestMag.com).”
WHERE: Monkey Barrel Comedy – Monkey Barrel 3 (Venue 515)
WHEN: 12:15 (60 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
This is my 16th Show. This is my best one yet. I know it. Though it may be for real connoisseurs of comedy. This Tony it(sic). try to push the form and take the form to different places and look back with different eyes at least just for myself and my audience. Wait. That’s the point. I’ve had 16 goes at it. Of those 3 have been works of staggering funniness. Only 3 have achieved the 5 and 1 star nirvana. When shows get 5’s and 1,s it’s hit the spot. When you just know it’s so good beyond judgement. It’s a feeling. This is one of those.
Don’t get me wrong, the other shows were good. And I’ve put everything into them. But sometimes I just get a hunch I’ve cracked it proper. I love doing stand up comedy and if I could’ve stuck to the changes needed to become a mainstream success I would’ve done it. I’ve been far too selfish and into it. Into what I think is funny rather than what a greater amount of people would find the money. It’s why I remain poor and my family would wish I could have grown up and thought of them more. I made the huge mistake of thinking of myself as an artist. And financial success died right there that day. But come. Come see a comedy version of why people like Jazz and obscure classical music.
What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?
My mother got Dementia. Probably that. She’s Trinidadian though and navigating from that strength. My mum’s always been surreal but this is taking her to new levels right out on the edge of conscience. I’m getting messages from the fire belly of Zarathustra reminding me of my comedy mission to confuse and elevate and initiate gut laughing.
Tell us about your show.
Tony Law Identifies is by me, Tony Law. An arthouseish, absurdity fest, time travel rant with a heart of gold shining out of Brexit Britain’s glorious punk mock soul. Tony Law Identifies is by me, Tony Law. It’s comedy from the stand-up comedy art form. It’s funny and unique. We travel to 1840’s Russian rivers for no good reason on to an Indonesian island 25000 years ago and into the sad dark heart of the 1987 Soviet Union. We meet a Rabbit and his best friend a Wulf. Music. We identify as Neanderthals and Indo-European horse peoples. Togetherness is achieved this way. Though in the end it’s just funny like a clown from a clown who’s funny.
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
Virtue Chamber Echo Bravo by the best stand up in Britain Phil Nichol and farmboy absurdist Tony Law do 20 different improvised shows. Or 20 separate written shows. Take your pick. Lesser than the sum of its parts. If you like car crashes that might inspire moments of genius then this shitfight is for you. Edfringe the old school way. Genuinely raw. That’s at the hives at 3:40
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