“Perth Fringe is a lot more laid back but tremendous fun and the Aussie crowds are fantastic. Plus you get to go to the beach and see kangaroos.”
WHO: Milo McCabe: Performer
WHAT: “Following a sell-out run in 2018 in which he exposed bingo as the deadliest sport in the country, the empty Marxist promise of Poundland’s false advertising and Aldi being responsible for Princess Diana, 1930s throwback comedic investigator Troy Hawke returns, applying his scrabble mentalism to Kanye West, xenophobia and the ugly truth of IKEA’s link to the CIA. ‘Clever, clean, hilarious’ ***** (FringeFeed.com.au). ‘Near perfection… character comedy at it’s best’ ***** (TheNewCurrent.co.uk). Perth Fringe World 2019 Best Comedy nominee, Perth Fringe World 2019 Weekly Comedy Award winner.”
WHERE: Underbelly, Bristo Square – Dexter (Venue 302)
WHEN: 17:30 (60 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
No! This will be my fifth show as ‘Troy Hawke!’ I’ve been up to the fringe for about eight runs total. It’s a brilliant way to progress as a comic, both in the performing and writing each new show demands.
What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?
I performed in Australia for the first time earlier this year at Perth Fringe World and got nominated for the main comedy award there which was very exciting. Perth Fringe is a lot more laid back but tremendous fun and the Aussie crowds are fantastic. Plus you get to go to the beach and see kangaroos. The one area Perth fringe really puts Edinburgh to shame is the artists bar, ‘The Budgie Smuggler’. Huge outdoor turfed up the venue with a large stage and regular impromptu performances/dance-offs/karaoke/jelly wrestling and very cheap drinks.
Tell us about your show.
I wrote the show, it’s being directed by Paul Byrne (who has had his hand in many successful nominated fringe shows in the past). Other than work in progress performances, it’ll be having its premiere in Edinburgh. I’ve literally just finished touring my last show (I’m actually typing this in the Soho Theatre dressing room just before its final ever performance). After Edinburgh I’ll be touring this one and doing a couple of the Australian festivals with it too.
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
Tom Houghton, Mark Nelson, Elliot Steel, Gareth Waugh and Ryan Cullen will all have absolutely banging shows this year.
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