The Banning Committee. I wrote some sketches and then put myself in them. There’s three of them, they’re not a waste of your time.
My show is now online, for everyone to watch. If you enjoyed it and haven’t paid to see me before then maybe you’d considered donating some money. But don’t if you have to pause for thought about whether you have enough money.
NIGHT VISION OR: HOW THEY LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND CONFRONT THE CAR
Night vision was the most important thing to me as a child. It meant I could see in the dark, an ability unavailable to me during the first five minutes of darkness. It was a precious commodity in my house because we weren’t allowed to turn on lights bulbs for less than 2 minutes, apparently it used up more energy to turn it on than it took to be on for 2 minutes. So if you wanted a drink in the middle of the night you’d have to go in the dark, trusting your night vision, boasting the acuity of a dinosaur looking at a statue. That is a reference to the Jurassic Park theory that the T-Rex has vision based on movement, and if you stand perfectly still it won’t see you; a similar myth spread around the rabbit community about cars. It’s a ludicrous reaction and one of a multitude of reasons why I don’t get on with rabbits. Rats in fancy dress. Standing still in the face of danger is by far the worst choice you can make. At the end of a first date you either make the decision to go in for the kiss, or you leave and pretend it’s because you’re a gentleman. You don’t just stand there, staring at them like they’ve just killed a goat. Squirrels are the opposite, in survival situations, not on dates.
It’s called fight or flight, they’re supposed to be the two options you have when confronted with danger. It’s true, the last time someone wanted to punch me I booked a holiday to make myself feel better. Squirrels evolved to treat an open area as a danger zone, because it leaves them easily visible to predators, so the most successful survival strategy was to not look and just run as fast as they could across the open space. Like people in Ikea. That’s why so many squirrels get run over. To be fair, the other option the squirrels have isn’t likely to work out well with a car. You can’t fight a car. Unless you’re my niece. So perhaps the rabbits have got it right? When confronted with a speeding car it shouldn’t be fight or flight. It should be fight, flight or be forthright. Those rabbits are being really forthright, potentially suicidal but unwilling to make the decision themselves, putting the onus on you to run them over because they know that if they stand still the wheels will go either side of them and they’ll be unharmed. If a rabbit was on a date with you they’d make no moves but be wearing cherry chapstick. You’d know they’re ready for a kiss and if you didn’t kiss them it’s because you were chicken and not them. That’s why the T-Rex isn’t respected, Sam Neill gave her the option to eat him and she bottled it.
Hi, I’m doing a small tour of my show “Stuart Laws. When’s this gonna stop? (1hr show)” from February onwards. It would be great if you could come along and support this guy, whose only crime is dreaming.
19th February – Hackney
27th February – Windsor
1st March – Ealing
2nd March – Newport Pagnell
6th March – Bedford
26th March – Woking
June (TBC) – New Milton
An ‘energetic and compelling master of audience interaction’, Stuart’s spontaneous performances see him creating a ‘perversely endearing air of comedic chaos’. Described by critics as ‘impulsive’, ‘original’ and ‘one to watch’ – Stuart Laws sets off on his first tour with a hilarious new stand up show:
“Stuart Laws. When’s this gonna stop? (1hr show).”
It’s surreal yet accessible stand-up about catchphrases, lebkuchen, helium, gibbons, Billy Joel, volcanoes, spiders and Donnie Darko. Stuart took the show to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014 and drew audiences and praise for it’s energy, jokes and crowd-pleasing finale. Leading UK stand-up comedy reviewer Chortle described it as “A confident performance of confident material… priceless.”
This autumn I am supporting James Acaster on his UK tour. His show is brilliant and is much recommended, you also get around 25 minutes of me at the start. Unless you pick a date where my arch-nemesis Jack Barry is supporting James or you pick a date where James doesn’t have a support. Full dates are here: JAMES ACASTER TOUR DATES
The dates I’m supporting are: 21,22,3,4,5,8,9,10,11,14,18,19,25,6,7,23,27,28,29 (that’s in order from September to November)
I’m also doing a performance of my show Stuart Laws. When’s this gonna stop? (1hr show) at The Hen & Chickens Theatre on October 16th. It’s in Islington in London, and if you want to buy tickets you can do so here: STUART LAWS SHOW TICKET
Aside from that I am making more and more films and comedy, here’s some highlights from recently…
1. A comedy-documentary-monologue thing that I have written and performed, all about conspiracy theorists. It’s not crying with laughter funny, but I think it looks bloody lovely and is potentially pretty interesting. If you think it sounds awful then I doubt the film will change that opinion.
2. A new web series that I directed. Totally Trented is what happens when you let someone make a prank show when they don’t really know what a prank is. David Trent is the host and he’s undeniably awful.
3. Sweet Home Ketteringa is a comedy documentary about James Acaster returning to his hometown and gracing his old haunts, expecting to be met with adulation. Turns out that no-one knows who he is.
This year I’m doing my second solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe. I think it’s a really big step up and I’m very proud of the show, so I can’t wait to start performing it on August 2nd. I will also have two other limited run shows during the Fringe and both will be a lot of fun – a Natural Disasters film night at midnight on August 8th, 15th and 22nd AND a Comedy Roast with Matt Winning at 1130pm on August 6th, 13th and 20th. What’s best about this year is that every show I’m doing is in my favourite PBH Free Fringe venue: The Banshee Labyrinth. It would be great to have friendly audiences there so if you’re going to Edinburgh, perhaps carve an hour gap into your diary and come and see my show.
Stuart Laws. When’s this gonna stop? (1hr show)
PBH Free Fringe
The Banshee Labyrinth (Venue 156)
29-35 Niddry Street, EH1 1LG
August 2nd – 23rd (not 12th or 19th)
Time – 14:20
The New York Post
“laughs come thick and fast…definitely one to watch”
An energetic and compelling master of audience interaction, Stuart’s spontaneous performances see him creating a perversely endearing air of comedic chaos in a show with catchphrases, lebkuchen, helium, gibbons, Billy Joel, volcanoes, spiders and Donnie Darko.
Stuart is a comedian and director who runs Turtle Canyon Comedy and has made films and developed TV with Julia Davis, Daniel Simonsen, Nick Helm, Jessie Cave and the sketch act Toby. In 2013 he debuted his first stand-up show at the Edinburgh Fringe, was James Acaster’s tour support, performed in Colin Hoult’s Real Horror Show at The Assembly Rooms. His films have been won and been nominated for awards worldwide, have been written about on all major UK comedy sites and featured by international press and websites such as Upworthy, The Poke, The Evening Standard and The Daily Mirror.
“He engages with people masterfully and the whole thing feels impulsive and original”
“Laws proved himself to be fun, engaging and refreshingly funny”
“suffocatingly funny…truly wonderful”
Gorilla Film Magazine
CLIPS FROM LAST YEAR’S SHOW
Natural Disasters Film Night (MIDNIGHT 8th,15th,22nd August): http://freefringe.org.uk/new/edinburgh/natural-disasters-film-night/
Laws & Winning’s Comedy Roast (23:30 6th,13,20th August)
So I’m doing a short tour of my last show “Stuart Laws absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead (1hr show)”. There’s 5 dates and I would really love actual people to actually come. Here’s the poster, details of tickets and venues beneath.
All shows start at 8pm (doors 730pm) and all tickets £5 (unless otherwise stated)
East Grinstead: TBC
Newport Pagnell: Robinsons Wine Bar, Tickets and details available here
Windsor: Firestation Arts Centre, Tickets and details available here
Harlow: The Square, Fourth Avenue, Harlow, CM20 1DW, Tickets and details available here
Ealing: The Grange, Warwick Road, Ealing, W5 3XH Tickets and details available here
Any other details see Twitter: @thisstuartlaws