A classy first hour of stand-up from Masud Milas
Masud Milas arrives to find himself in front of just six people and, without a beat, or even any recognition that this was unusual, delivers an hour of quality stand-up as if he were performing to 100.
Born in Hong Kong, he gets a great deal of mileage from stories about his background – his strong Kenyan mother is given an impersonation a little on the edge of caricature, yet full of familial pride. He proceeds to tell a range of stories about his family and his upbringing that, in a shock move for a Fringe show, actually merit inclusion in a comedy routine: those stories are rich with the humour of cultural difference but from the point of view of a child growing up to find their place in the world. He’s absurdly confident, strikingly candid and deserves a bigger stage – not to mention a bigger audience.
Masud Milas: Routes, Underbelly Med Quad (Clover), 3-28 Aug, 6.50pm, £6-10