Interview with Masud Milas

In the run up to Voice's latest coverage of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, we have dozens of interviews with performers like Masud Milas, who is bringing his debut show to the fringe!

Interview with Masud Milas

Firstly, could you introduce yourself, and give a quick summary of your show?

I'm a mixed race guy living in London with a confusing accent. The show is about growing up in Hong Kong (which neither of my parents are from) and living in New Zealand with my Kenyan mum and making the UK my home.

What is your earliest arts memory?

I remember going to a gallery on a school trip and thinking: it's just loads of old paintings innit. What's the big deal. I'm not very good with art.

What first encouraged you to become a performer?

A friend of mine dared me to do comedy a few years ago and we sat up the night before and wrote a set. It was pretty bad but I enjoyed it and foolishly kept going.

Do you remember your first professional performance, and how did it go?

I think it went okay. The only thing I remember was being nervous that if I sucked they wouldn't pay me.

What do you feel is the best thing about your job?

When you've been crafting a joke for ages and it finally works.

Conversely, what is the worst?

Not quite knowing if something will work or not. It's not "the worst" but it can be pretty frustrating.

How do you decide whether or not a show has gone well?

I think the audience helps you make that decision. It helps to record shows too. Just to double check you're not delusional.

If you could work with anybody, dead or alive, who would you choose to collaborate with?

I'd like to make a movie with Robert Rodriguez. He tends to work on fun projects and that comes out in what he does.

What made you want to come to Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

I remember my dad talking about it and he mentioned those kooky shows that were in a shed or the back of a taxi, they seem like a lot of fun.

Is performing at EdFringe different from 'traditional' shows?

I don't think so, but that depends on what kind of show you're doing. I think it's more like a chance to perform your show and hone it without going on tour.

If you could travel back in time and give 16 year-old you one piece of advice, what would it be?

Write stuff down. I'd probably also give him a hoverboard.

What advice would you give to young people who want to enter the industry?

Be nice and work hard.

Do you have social media that our readers can follow you on?

Sure @masudmilas. I also have instagram but I don't use it.

Where can people catch your show during EdFringe?

18.50 (6:50pm) at the clover room in the med quad, Underbelly.

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