Milton Jones on the Road at the Grand Theatre Blackpool
September 19, 2014 at 6:50 pm
Milton Jones is one of those funny characters. It takes a while to get used to the one-line genius of this comedian, who has risen to recent fame and popularity through regular appearances on BBC2's Mock The Week program. Jones is always out-of-sync with the other guests, with predictably hilarious results. It is as if his world-view is askew, or in some cases, upside down. The rest of us can't help but fall about the place, as he comes up with puns, word-plays, and witticisms that are often off-topic, yet completely literal and apt. The Guardian says of Jones: "No-one can touch Jones when he hits his stride." Which is high praise indeed - from the 'artists' newspaper of choice. To describe Jones' comedy style, is like describing why a man whose fondness for Hawaiian shirts is as legendary as his floppy hair. You won't be quite sure why you are laughing at the 'obvious', but there you go! His take on life can only be described as genuinely silly. Jones is a breath of fresh air to the world of comedy which is often characterised by humorous political anachronism, and impressions. Not that political jokes aren't very enjoyable, and we spend a lot of time laughing at expert comedians who do just that very well. Jones is a delight because he reminds us of the sort of jokes we made in childhood. Stupidity, silliness, and 'bad' jokes that made grandma laugh, with everything in between. Jone’s big break, after winning the Premier Award for Best Newcomer at the 1996 Edinburgh Fringe, involved recording a series of BBC Radio 4 comedies. He then won a Sony Award for his three part radio comedy, The Very World of Milton Jones between 1998 and 2001. Jones says radio is a good training ground: “You have to use all this material as you’ve got to fill all that time and you have that interaction with the audience. The move into television came with a guest spot on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, which led to a regular spot. Mock The Week followed after that, and Jones admits he wasn’t sure he would fit in, with his one-line approach to laughs. Milton Jones is taking new material on the road and will be at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool between October 20 and 30th, 2013. Blackpool is a cultural comedy destination, and to enjoy an evening with Milton Jones, make sure you book your overnight stay with us at the Carn Brae Hotel on 01253 345 938.