Tony Law: A Now Begin in Again

By Ron Bingham

The planned shambles of the opening of this show became a real shambles when the audio kept cutting in and out of various music tracks, which played over the top of a video of Secretariat (Who’s At the Door!!) winning triple crown races from back in the 70s. (The video of the great racehorse sort of made sense by the end of the show).

Tony Law is a crazy man, who claims he wants to get rid of all those losers who only come to see his shows once or twice “because he was on TV once”, as he tries to whittle his audience down to a few hard-core fans. During the show I attended (and I’m obviously only considered a semi-fan having seen just the four or five of his shows down the years), Tony was able to spot people who’d been to all his shows including some who first came as children with their parents a decade or so ago.

The actual content of A Now Begin in Again was sort of about the lockdown and loss, language and accents (so many accents), sport, travel, family and deadlines. His teenage son makes a couple of appearances, acting more adult than his dad, and we hear about the joys of living in a caravan with a teenager during the Edinburgh Festival. I get the feeling his son’s stories of living in a caravan with a mad dad would probably be just as interesting.

The show is on at lunchtime and an hour of craziness which will have tears of laughter rolling down your face is possibly the best way I can recommend to start your day at the Edinburgh Fringe. If you’ve never seen Tony before, I heartily encourage you to come and sit in the front rows, just so he gets confused when he can’t spot any regulars.

A Now Begin in Again is on at Monkey Barrel Comedy

Tony Law: Identifies

By Ron Bingham

Tony Law is the very definition of absurd comedy. There wasn’t a theme to this year’s show and the humour didn’t come so much from jokes with punchlines but from his constantly switching accents and the word salad of crazy coming from his mouth. There was a large map of the world on the wall behind him but I don’t recall him referring to it in the show. There were a couple of songs (very loose definition) and a cameo appearance by his son (I’m guessing about ten years old) dressed in full Scottish regalia and lip synching along with the classic Talking Heads song Once In A Lifetime. No reason was given for this (apart from Tony claiming this should get any desire for performing out of his system so he can concentrate on a proper career at school).

If you are a fan of semi-organised chaos by a large Canadian madman, you can’t go wrong with this lunch-time extravaganza. Tony tries not to swear (unless it’s in a foreign accent, in which case it doesn’t count apparently), as his son is backstage. The room was full of fans and I recommend getting a ticket as available seats for his show are becoming scarce.

Identifies is on at Monkey Barrel Comedy until August 25