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Tony Law: Absurdity for the Common People –The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest

Law’s routine is anchored by his time as a semi-professional trampolinist. He, along with Vladimir Putin, put trampolining on the map during the 1970’s. From this, we get a whole host of stories about convoys across the Atlantic during World War 2, which contained nothing but hot tubs, masturbating gorillas, and how he met a creature with the head of a moose and the skin of a lizard: as you can see, not the usual comedy fair. The set is performed through various voices and characters, including a West Texas sweet-heart, a posh hipster, and my own personal favourite a gruff northerner, very rarely does Law perform with his native Anglo-Canadian twang.

At the beginning of the show, Law makes a point of discussing his audience and how he has a loyal fan base and is seemingly unable to attract new fans, that’s as a result of people being unable to quantify what he does. Never has a truer word been spoken: with Law, there are very few gags or one-liners, just some exceedingly bizarre tales that push the audience to their limits and if you’re prepared to go along with it you’ll certainly get more from the experience.

The show has its ups and downs. There are moments of brilliance throughout, with highlights including an impromptu musical number, and a routine involving Law driving a bin lorry up the Mall as the Queen is approaching. However, for every moment of brilliance, there are certainly down times: the insistence of going back to the trampoline material begins to grate after a while. In addition, some of the routines outstay their welcome and fail to hold your attention.

You can’t help but admire Law. His unique comic brain, his seemingly scatter-gun approach just about works: however, make no bones about it, the show is well scripted and if Law could reign the shows’ excesses then it would be all the better for it. You have to wonder what parts of the show are for the audience’s benefit and which are for Law’s own amusement.

If you like your comedy absurd and full of lunacy, then this is the show for you, just buckle in for a journey into the silly and the bizarre.

Reviewed May 2 2018 | Image: Contributed

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