Milo Edwards: Voicemail

Filled with classically and subtly nihilistic British humour, Milo Edwards’ Voicemail is full of intelligent and thought provoking commentary that turns Mash House into a safe space, where we can laugh at things that we most likely wouldn’t let ourselves laugh at in public, away from prying eyes.

An incredibly high-quality stand-up show

Relying on wit rather than vulgarity, Edwards produces and performs an incredibly high-quality stand-up show. Tightrope walking the line between funny and offensive, he dares us to laugh by starting with the most controversial ideas that he can. Edwards has a very original way of explaining things in a way that makes sense logically, but resides in a morally grey-ish area. Even though the connections between jokes are not always clear, it is incredibly enjoyable to join Edwards in his self-described Conspiracy Theory Corner and to gain some insight into how he perceives the world around him. Despite the occasional bout of gallows humour, the tone of the show isn’t angry or depressed, it’s more along the lines of ‘life is a joke, and we’re all stuck in this together’, which if you think about it, is extremely comforting.

Voicemail is a commentary on issues that this generation will have to live with, in particular the problem of not knowing how to adapt and survive in a steadily declining world is a problem that is becoming increasingly urgent. Edwards doesn’t have any concrete answers either, but he does give us some options to consider. Voicing some common concerns and frustrations, with the occasional reference that may fly right over the head of the average GenZ, Edwards brings us together across generational lines by one unfortunate reminder; the world is screwed.

What is incredibly clear is that time is running out as the overlapping crises are catching up with us, and so we should take whatever joy we can, starting with Edwards’ Voicemail. So go see the show while you still can.

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Milo hasn't received a voicemail in some time. He’d like to talk about that and quite a lot else. Returning to the Fringe after his hit 2019 solo debut, Pindos, Milo has questions. He’s 29, which is located somewhere in that annoying transitional phase between childhood and death, and he’s keen to know what the point of him is. Voicemail is a stand-up show which examines life, death, politics and the answering machine. ScotsGay Comedy Award winner 2019. 'We need comedians like Milo Edwards' ***** (ScotsGay.co.uk). **** (BroadwayBaby.com). **** (BeyondTheJoke.co.uk).

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