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Tony Law (born 20 September 1969) is a Canadian stand-up comedian. Originally from Lacombe, Alberta, he has been based in London, United Kingdom since the age of 19.[1] He lives in Islington with his family.

Tony Law
Tony Law, Edinburgh Fringe.jpg
Law in 2012
Born (1969-09-20) 20 September 1969 (age 50)
Lacombe, Alberta, Canada
MediumTelevision, Stand-up
NationalityCanadian
Years active2002-present
GenresObservational comedy, Surreal humour
Subject(s)Current events, Human interaction, history
SpouseStorm Davison

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-libbed, 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.

Having struggled with alcoholism for years, he got sober in 2015.[2]

Early lifeEdit

Law was born on 20 September 1969 in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. He described his younger self as a "dickhead".[3] Law has said he moved to Britain due to his love of Monty Python and The Who.[4]

CareerEdit

Tony's comedy career began with him winning the New Act competition at Glastonbury Festival in 1995.[5][6]

A lot of Law's earlier material featured tales of his time-travelling exploits in the company of his sausage dog, Cartridge Davison. Cartridge is the eponymous "Dog Of Time" from his Edinburgh show of the same name, and has appeared with Law on ITV's Comedy Cuts TV show.

In 2002 he was a regular panellist on the Channel 4 comedy quiz show Does Doug Know?. He also appeared in a series of television adverts for Gala Bingo and has had TV exposure on Edinburgh & Beyond and Comedy Cuts. Law's first comedy tour was in 2009 and in 2010 he was a support act for Stewart Lee.[7]

Law performed on Russell Howard's Good News in April 2011 as part of one of the extended episodes called Russell Howard's Good News Extra.[8] On 17 October 2011, he also appeared on the satirical music-based panel game Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

In 2011–2012, he toured his comedy show Tony Law: Go Mr Tony Go!. In August 2012, Tony returned to the Edinburgh Fringe to perform his new show, Tony Law: Maximum Nonsense. The show was nominated for best comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.[9]

He appeared on the BBC One show Have I Got News for You, a satire panel show, on 1 November 2013, hosted by Kirsty Young. In November 2012 he appeared on 8 Out of 10 Cats, and returned to that show on 8 February 2013.[10] In February–March 2013 he appeared in Comedy Central UK's The Alternative Comedy Experience.

Tony has performed in podcasts including Do the Right Thing and Why is your Bottom so Dirty?.[11][12] He also has his own podcast series The Tony Law Tapes.[13]

In 2017 Tony worked with Adam Larter to create an experimental comedy opera on ice at the Alexandra Palace called 'Battle for Icetopia'[14][15][16] The show won the Chortle Award for Event of the Year.[17]

Solo showsEdit

  • 2006 - The Dog of Time
  • 2011 - Go Mr Tony Go!
  • 2012 - Maximum Nonsense
  • 2013 - Nonsense Overdrive
  • 2014 - Enter the Tonezone
  • 2016 - A Law Undo His-elf What Welcome
  • 2017 - Absurdity for the Common People
  • 2018 - A Lost Show
  • 2019 - Identifies

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Conversation Hat Podcast: Se2ep9 ft. Tony Law". Stabbed Panda Productions. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Tony Law: 'I still believe in absurdity as a way of looking at the world'". The List. 7 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  3. ^ "[HD] 8 out of 10 Cats S15E04". YouTube. 9 February 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  4. ^ British Comedy Guide - Podcasts
  5. ^ BBC Profiles
  6. ^ BBC - The Comedy Club 2004
  7. ^ BBC Profiles
  8. ^ "Tony Law on Russell Howard's Good News : Videos 2011 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Chortle. 26 April 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  9. ^ Tim Clark (22 August 2012). "Edinburgh Comedy Awards: Dr Brown, Josie Long, James Acaster, Tony Law, Claudia O'Doherty and Pappys nominated". Such Small Portions. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  10. ^ "8 out 10 Cats Episode Guide". Epguides.com. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  11. ^ British Comedy Guide - Podcasts
  12. ^ Spotify
  13. ^ Tony Law Tapes
  14. ^ Alexandra Palce - Battle for Icetopia
  15. ^ The Guardian - Danger, Ice Ahead
  16. ^ Chortle - See Comedian - on Ice!
  17. ^ Chortle Awards 2018: The Results

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