Mat & Faron
Men In Coats
Men With Bananas
Michael J Dolan
Michelle De Swarte
Mo The Comedian
Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer
From Live At The Apollo
More Milton Jones videos
|On Dave's One Night Stand|
|Another Case Of Milton Jones series 3|
|Milton Jones Live Universe Tour Clip 4|
|Milton Jones Live Universe Tour Clip 1|
|Milton Jones Live Universe Tour Clip 2|
|Milton Jones Live Universe Tour Clip 3|
Nominated for the best headliner award in the Chortle Awards 2009 and 2010 – winning it in 2011
The House Of Milton Jones, Radio 4 series
|Stand Up: 2004:
Edinburgh Show: A Rough Guide to Milton Jones
A Rough Guide to Milton Jones
|Stand Up: 2003:
Time Out comedy award winner for best performance
|Stand Up: 1997:
Nominated for the Perrier.
|Stand Up: 1996:
Winner of Perrier best newcomer award
Milton's Paradise Jones at the Brighton Comedy Festival
Milton Jones is one show in which I can abandon my reviewers’ notebook and pen. Not just because it can be a barrier to simply sitting back and enjoying the top-drawer material, but what on earth can I write? He did an daft joke that seems silly, but is actually highly inventive. Then another. Then another. Then another.
For that’s all you get with this gifted one-line merchant. In Milton’s Paradise Jones, he’s tried to dress it up a bit for the sake of theatre, but it’s really just daft gags all the way.
Talking of dressing up, that’s how he starts. In cloth cap and reflective waistcoat (it’s for a joke, obviously), he appears as his grandfather – one of many, given that ‘my other grandfather…’ has become something of an unlikely catchphrase.
Not that it’s much of a character, just a way of delivering some typically leftfield punchlines in a slightly wobblier timbre, and an excuse to wheel on a tartan shopping trolley that contains some of Jones’s props.
Yes, prop comedy. In this day and age. But in these capable hands, a box of detergent becomes a beautiful visual pun with not a hint of the desperation that once did for the whole genre. That’s how good he is.
The ‘character’ is soon discarded, and Jones, in vivid orange floral shirt, continues to yomp through the wonderfully deranged gags. Many involve wordplay, of course, but they also play with ideas, the subtle twisting of meanings and intent ensuring these are rarely mere puns. As evidence, the beginning of his flipchart-based routine gets laughs without words at all.
Another set piece involves a phoney slide show of his supposed round-the-world trip, which imposes a structure of sorts on all the airport and geography jokes Jones has in his sizeable repertoire.
To add a touch of fluidity to the otherwise rigid gag-gag-gag pattern, Jones isn’t afraid to banter with the audience, either, using some of the standard ‘what’s your name/job?’ questions to springboard into gags. Yet he also sets up running jokes with ome punters to add an air of spontaneity to the night. The Brighton audience prove remarkably frisky, but he parries their spirited backchat with verve – which isn’t always the strong suit of master joke craftsmen like him. Precision-engineered one-liners and audience rapport is a rare, but deadly, combination.
A small handful of the more easily memorised jokes will no doubt be cracked around watercoolers the morning after any Milton Jones gig; but there are far more wonderful gags here than you could ever hope to remember, so just relax and admire the dedicated workmanship that’s gone into them.
|Date of live review: Saturday 17th Oct, '09|
Review by Steve Bennett
Thursday 29th Nov, '12- Royal Albert Hall
Thursday 19th Jul, '12- Ealing Comedy Festival
Tuesday 5th Jun, '12-
Friday 22nd Jul, '11-
Monday 15th Nov, '10-
Show - Tour - Friday 28th Sep, '07-
Thursday 1st Feb, '07-
Show - Misc live shows - Sunday 28th Jan, '07-
Show - Misc live shows -
The man with MANY Gradfathers! Very funny guy, cannot wait to go see him again.
Predictable one liners and really old corny jokes that a kid could make up! Don't understand all these people who like him! If you like proper comedy and not a performance by a 10 year old saying knock knock jokes, stay clear!
Fun without filth. Very clever. Laughed 'til we cried.
Witnessed the surreal,puerile, absurd,infantile -call it what you like! humour of Milton Jones at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness. Delivered in a deadpan expression! reminiscent and worthy of any silent movie star, and I loved every minute of this silly pun laden gig. It's incredible how Milton has weaved all these puns together like some English equivalent of the Green Giant of corn or should I say puns! A retentive mind that entertained his audience with ludicrous anecdotes drawn in like - "moths to a flame" with his humour. The reaction of the audience said it all.
Am I missing something? I saw Milton Jones last night at Queens Hall Edinburgh and really couldn't get into the corny puns that pass as his humour.
I would rather be fisted by Joe Calzagie than sit through one more painful minute of clearly scripted puns. no orgininality, just cheap puns a five year old could have made. It sapped my will to live.
My wife and I saw Milton Jones on Friday July 2 at the George IV Chiswick and we both loved him. It was funny line after funny line. We are now both big fans. He is the Prince of Puns. Go see him; you’ll not be disappointed.
it's so predictable and dull and the radio shows are f'ing terrible. shit shit shit.
Milton Jones: Lion Whisperer
Milton Jones: 10 Second Sermons
Where Do Comedians Go When They Die?: Journeys Of A Stand-Up by Milton Jones
Milton Jones: Live Universe Tour - Part 1, Earth
Milton Jones: A Rough Guide
Edinburgh Fringe 2011
Milton Jones: Lion Whisperer [Edinburgh 2011]
Edinburgh Fringe 2013
Milton Jones On The High Road
Misc live shows
BBC Comedy Presents... September 2008
Malcolm Hardee Charity Cabaret 2007
Milton Jones On The Road
Milton Jones: Caught In A Rabbit's Headlights
Milton Jones: Lion Whisperer
Milton's Paradise Jones