Interview: Masud Milas - 'Put it in if you have something to say'
Masud Milas' Fringe debut takes on the Brexit vote while discussing his roots
This article is from 2016.
What with all the current talk of national identity post-Brexit, Masud Milas' solo Fringe debut couldn’t have come at a better time. The dapper young comic is half-Kenyan, half-English, and lived in Hong Kong and New Zealand before settling down in London. His 2016 show, Routes, tackles 'growing up on up the other side of the world and coming home to find it’s just as bizarre here too'.
Yet, for all the artform's appearance of off-the-cuff wit and topical response, stand-up comedy does require a lot of planning and writing in advance. Did he anticipate that there’d be such an EU furore? 'I happen to be talking about the referendum in my show so I'm very lucky that happened,' says Milas. 'Ultimately, I think you have to be flexible. I don’t mean block out a section of your show for "upcoming hot topics", but if it affects you then give it a shot. What you don’t want to do is try and crowbar it in because it's current: put it in if you have something to say about it. It could end up being quite jarring otherwise.'
In addition to comedy, Milas also dabbles in radio (his Late Breakfast show on Soho Radio will be podcasting from the Fringe) and cinema where he'll soon be appearing in Wyrdoes, a Shakespeare-inspired short film from fellow comic Nat Luurtsema. 'I'd say I do stand-up comedy first and everything else branches off that,' says Milas. ‘For Wyrdoes, I know Nat through comedy and she gave me a ring and asked if I was keen to do it. I'd never been to Cheddar Gorge and it looked like a lot of fun. You get to meet a lot of cool people working on stuff like that.'
Masud Milas: Routes, Underbelly Med Quad, 6–28 Aug, 6.50pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9). Previews 3–5 Aug, £6.