Stuart Law’s latest stand-up, Stops is a semi surrealist show that’s sure to be one of the most complex hours of stand-up at this year’s festival, and among the cleverest too. The show is about Laws falling in love and he tells the story of the day it happened, taking the audience through a journey with many odd twists and turns.
Laws appears to be in a world of his own. He sets up jokes far in advance of their perfectly timed punchlines, and even if something doesn’t appear to land at one moment, you trust it will all become clear later. There’s a few gags that make sense in the moment, which keep the audience onside until the show is neatly wrapped up at the end.
Stops has a self-awareness which adds an extra layer of humour, and there’s even a few physical gags too. The material is clean and dry, but certainly not boring. There’s cheesy jokes, a few dodgy puns and many clichés, ironically used to highlight Law’s own hate for them. He quirkily mispronounces words, and has a few razor sharp grammar jokes – this show will be particularly enjoyable to anyone with a good command of the English language.
Laws himself is witty and whimsical, boldly taking you through each aspect of his set: the good, the bad and the weird. He’s fantastically funny, leaving you wondering how he possibly comes up with these structural masterpieces.
Words: Katie Mckenzie
Stuart Laws: Stops, Pleasance Courtyard, Aug 17-27, 7pm