Fringe Q&A: Milo McCabes, Troy Hawke in Tiles of the Unexpected

Following a sell-out run in 2018 in which he exposed bingo as the deadliest sport in the country, the empty Marxist promise of Poundland’s false advertising and Aldi being responsible for Princess Diana, 1930s throwback comedic investigator Troy Hawke returns, applying his scrabble mentalism to Kanye West, xenophobia and the ugly truth of IKEA’s link to the CIA.

Perth Fringe World 2019 Best Comedy nominee, Perth Fringe World 2019 Weekly Comedy Award winner.

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

No! I’ve been up loads and I love it. This will be my fifth Troy Hawke show

Tell us a bit about the show you’re in this year?

It’s featuring my character Troy Hawke, everyone’s favourite 1930’s throwback homeschooled scrabble-based investigator. This year he is taking down a worldwide Swedish furniture giant and exposing their links to various shady government conspiracies.

How much work has gone into getting it ready for Edinburgh?

I’m a tedious perfectionist and this show has a tour booked in for next year, as well as Australia. I’ll probably have ended up doing twenty previews before it goes up. It’ll get better over the course of the month, like everyone’s show does, but I want to have it 95% there for opening night.

Are you nervous ahead of your opening night?

Hopefully come opening night I’ll have done enough work to be excited about it!

There’s thousands of shows on – why should Fringe-goers fork out to see yours?

Because it’s a character that doesn’t rely on lazy stereotypes or boring origin stories and exists on its own merit. I’ve created a whole mindset for this character that makes perfect sense even as it plumbs the very unlikely. And it’s funny as fuck.

Are there any other shows on this year you’d recommend?

Tom Houghton, Elliot Steel, Ryan Cullen, Gareth Waugh and Mark Nelson will all have absolutely banging shows this year. All are in the big venues apart from Ryan, but he will be soon as he’s one of the most naturally funny and talented gag writers on the circuit.

What’s on your hit-list to see?

The above. And Eric Andre!

What are you planning to do on your days off?

Day. I have one day off, middle Monday. I’m going to see shows I clash with and love being able to be myself again for the entire day.

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

Unique, allegorical, hilarious, thought provoking, IKEA, Kanye West, CIA

Milo McCabes new comedy show ‘Troy Hawke in Tiles of the Unexpected’ will be at The Dexter Room, Underbelly Bristo Sq at 5:30pm from 31st July – 25th August. For tickets go to

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