Tony Law identifies as a hominid. Homo sapiens, Neanderthal, Indo-European horse tribesman, an Englishman, a Canadian, a Norn Iron man and a Trinidadian and a Tobagonian. A dog, a dog owner, owned by a dog, a surrealist, an absurdist and an artist who is comedy of person. A parent, a thrower, a catcher, a reader and a farmer. His 16th show at the Fringe, Identifies, is at the Monkey Barrel Comedy and Tony spoke with The Fountain about the drivers behind this show.

TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?

This is my 16th show. Yet I’m VERY VERY excited.

TF: Identifies certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?

It’s funny. It’s funny and original. That’s the premise. I get laughs about being a steamboat captain in 19th century Russia. That ain’t easy. So you could say I’m like a master at comedy.

TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?

I’m interested in being funny without relying on mainstream topics. Then I infuse it with an accidental message about identity and communism. And humanity. It’s more like a painting. Stand back. Watch. Laugh. Cry. Then wonder why. I leave it to you.

TF: What are your plans for the Fringe?

I’m only keen on performing my show as best and maddest and connected as possible. Beyond that make sure my family are happy and we stumble into something unique. And walk the dog in the woods.

TF: And what are your future plans beyond bringing Identifies to Edinburgh?

The same as always. My total favourite thing to do is to tour around Britain and Ireland being funny for kind people. It’s a necessity, and it’s all I know.

You can see Idenitifies at Monkey Barrel Comedy until 15th August at 12:15. For tickets, go to