Tony Law is an essential part of our Fringe lineup, a regular at The Stand and a reliable source of comedy madness. This year Tony has relocated to the Mound, bringing with him a larger audience and a rebranded physique. Tony’s trademark facial hair has also relocated to form a mane, he’s barely recognisable, until he speaks.
The first 20 minutes of Tony’s set is business as usual, a madcap routine with familiar material for fans – mostly honking and leaning. It’s a solid start, but eventually the momentum is lost, Tony almost gets things back on track with his Citroën Xsara Picasso material, but it was too little too late. Maintaining 60 minutes of madness is a tough task, especially in a room lacking the atmosphere and intimacy that Tony thrived on in The Stand.
As we left we overheard a couple of comments “maybe it’s only funny if you sit at the front” and “maybe you need to have seen his other shows”. We were slap bang in the middle of that venn diagram and although we really wanted to love the show, we just couldn’t get back on board once we lost interest halfway through.