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Edinburgh Fringe review: Milo Edwards, Voicemail

Milo Edwards
Milo Edwards

In his second solo Fringe hour, Milo Edwards follows-up his critically acclaimed 2019 show Pindos by exploring the void zone between childhood and death.

With Voicemail, he delivers an excellent hour of clever, tightly-written stand-up on mortality, the economy and society.

We see Edwards processing the world around him with waspish wit as he finds himself at the “difficult age” of 29, suffering loss and with crises unfolding round every corner.

It could easily be a show full of gloom but, fittingly for a room at The Mash House with an eclectic selection of lampshades, it’s lightened by a wry, hilarious cynicism.

The show is dark but uplifting in a way, and the more uncomfortable lines are never done for the sake of it, with Edwards always showing his working.

Not many shows feature jokes on all three of Michael Barrymore, the Unabomber and Francis Fukuyama, but this one does, delivering intelligent punchlines at a staggering rate of knots.

This is a show well worth getting along to see in the festival’s final week.

★★★★

Milo Edwards – Voicemail, The Mash House, until August 28