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Tony Law – The Lowry – Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest

If you’re looking for a string of gags or a set of one-liners you can pass off when you’re down the pub with your mates, then sadly Tony Law is not the man for you: during the 80minute set, not a single joke was told. However, what we are treated to is a journey into the mind of the Anglo-Canadian comic: so buckle in, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

Law bounds on stage sporting his trademark beard, beaming smile and wearing a rather fetching pilot’s outfit: think Maverick from Top Gun and you’re there. Beginning with a spot of interpretive dance, he strides around the stage manically: this is the perfect introduction to what promises to be a very bizarre evening of comedy.

Law’s set consists of several stories, including how he invented the convoy to help out the allied forces in World War 2, his time as a semi-professional trampoliner, who put trampolining on the map during the 1970’s, and the perils of driving a Citroën Xsara Picasso. These are interspersed with lots (and I do mean lots) of leaning and lunges. Law also treats us to his views on ISIS, Brexit, and Donald Trump: “I’m with you guys, whatever you guys think, I’m with you”, thus ending the political section of the show.

It would be fair to say that the show goes through peaks and troughs. There are moments of brilliance throughout, with highlights including Law’s unique take on an air show, his impression of a Northern man on holiday in France, and the musings of his parents who happen to be from Trinidad and Tobago. However, for every moment of brilliance, there is certainly a drop, with Law struggling to maintain interest in some of his more elaborate set pieces. This is a perfect 60-minute routine dragged through an 80 minute running time.

You can’t help but admire Law, and his unique comic brain: if you like your comedy absurd and full of lunacy then this is the show for you. If some of the excess could be trimmed, then this show could be classic!

Reviewed on May 5, 2017


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