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Tony Law: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview

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Tony Law has built up a bit of a following at the Edinburgh Fringe over the past few years for his wild and fun shows of tall-tales, surreal thoughts and unbridled hilarity.

This year’s show is taking a slightly different slant, with Tony getting more personal, although in a way only Tony can.


Hello. How are you today?

Just tremendous and I’m so delighted you asked. Thank you so much.

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

Is one ever ready??? Ha ha ha. Oh dear. I’m prepared very much to make some sort of comedy for fun.

At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?

Pretty accurate I’d say. If then I remembered to say AWESOME powerful moving. I haven’t looked back. Don’t need to. It’ll be true.

What are your tips for getting people to see your show?

My sneaky way is to continue to work and try and try and keep on keeping on. Fighting the good fight. That fuck ups can make their own employment by being the greatest. Put a mask on esteem.

Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?

My partner and our two children and dog. We will eat food and visit the outdoors collecting sticks. Father is well.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

I shan’t know until there….

My favourite act while I’m thinking about it is Phil Nicol. I get asked usually and there are many so it depends who I’m thinking about at the moment. Today it’s Phil Nichol. I can say easily that he has pure funny bones. Probably the funniest person I’ve ever met. We don’t usually go to see each other shows us acts who are familiar with one another. I will now go back to seeing his. Obviously they are great. He’s won the Fosters award once and been nominated three times. If he hadn’t of been Canadian I think someone would have chucked some 90s money at him and he’d be huge. On a personal level no one is as funny as him. Socially. I’m serious. No one. This is obviously my personal opinion. But he deserves a mention. Sometimes the ones who get big are not the ones who are the funniest. I’d never follow him on a bill. On his night it’s like why should we bother. This is all true. We don’t even like each other. So it means extra… Anyway back to me. I’m awesome in my own way.

Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?

The countryside of Scotland is a wonder of the world. Edinburgh architecture just being amongst it seeps history into your soul. Scottish national museum. Mackeys vanilla close to the source.

Salt and sauce on your chips?

Of course

Here’s a space to write about anything you want. Go for it.

I like the sound of the Pratt and Whitney double wasp engine in the P47 thunderbolt. Idling or at full throttle. Just wonderful. Humanity! Just wonderful. I miss Europe. Scotland! I wouldn’t blame you


Tony Law: A Law Undo His-elf What Welcome
Assembly Hall
4-14, 16-28 August, 8pm
£11.50 – £13

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