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Tony Law

Note: This review is from 2000

Review by Steve Bennett

Canadian expat Tony Law is clearly an adept and amusing comic, with a laid-back attitude and an always entertaining train of thought.

He's half-Trinidadian - though you wouldn't guess it from his almost anaemically white complexion - yet his family chose to abandon the West Indian tropics for the wintry farmlands of Hicksville.

But despite having a past so ripe for material, and his obvious talents as a stand-up, this, his first solo show, seems somewhat flat.

Law has an enjoyable enough routine containing more than the odd comedy gem ("That which does not kill you is probably made of foam"), yet the pace is unnecessarily slow.

It's almost as if - perish the thought - he has extended a storming 20-minute set into an hour-long show simply because that's what's expected of every half-decent stand-up coming to Edinburgh.

There's a wide range of topics covered, from a tractor slide show to alternative careers for stunt motorcyclist Evel Knievel, yet little of the cohesion you would expect from a full-length routine.

An underwhelming performance from one of the circuit's better stand-ups

Review date: 1 Jan 2000
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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