Show and Tell #22 - Tony Law

Tony Law
19 November 2017

Tony Law will perform his stand up comedy at November Barnstormers.

Tony is a Canadian stand-up comedian. Originally from Lacombe, Alberta, he has been based in London, United Kingdom since the age of 19. He lives in Islington with his family. You might recognise Tony from TV appearances on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Have I Got News For You, and Russell Howard’s Good News.

He is known for his highly surreal material and delivery, and eclectic historical style of dress, favouring boots with turned-up jeans and a Viking/explorer style of hair. Many of his stand-up routines are ad-lib and built around various subjects that he has thought of, but not planned a routine about. His routines are often built around fictional and surreal situations.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Reading or being read to by my kids.

What lies at the heart of your own desire to write and perform standup comedy?
Low self esteem. Life time of clowning to gain esteem.  

Who’s your favourite comedian and why?
I have to say me. That wasn’t true up until 6 months ago. So I might be getting used to feeling confident and have come over but arrogant.

Choose 1, 2 or 3 of your all-time favourite music tracks.
Baba O’Reilly Zthe Who, symphony number 25- Mozart.
Flaming lips. Do you realise.

From your favourite poem – could you give us a few lines that mean something to you?

See do you realise.

If you were to die and come back as a person, animal or a thing, what would it be?
It’s heart aching to even fully consider an answer for this.  

What is your greatest extravagance?
Petrol. Driving EVERYwhere.

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Being surprised. With Comedy.  History.

Which artwork/film/book has most inspired you? Amadeus. Film.  Painting. Everyone ever made

Favourite website/blog?
I haven’t looked at even one. What’s wrong with me?

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Don’t sweat the small stuff.  No wait.  Oh I don’t know.  Oh great.  

Best recent read?
Life along the Silk Road by Susan Whitfield. 

What is your final word?