Milton Jones: On The Road
Milton Jones: On The Road
Milton Jones is back on the road with another tour, this time imaginatively entitled On The Road. If you like the stuff he’s done on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo or in any of the nine radio series he’s done for Radio 4 then this is the show for you. Hundreds of his celebrated one-liners, plus pictures he drew. Clever, surreal but mainly just stupid stupid stupid. He’s won awards you know.
‘He’s fast absurd, and very funny’ Radio Times
‘No-one can touch Jones when he hits his stride’ the Guardian
Milton Jones: On The Road – Tickets
Sunday 17th February 2013 at 7:30pm
All Seats £20.00
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There’s a strain of mathematical nerdiness to all one-liner specialists, of course; the remorseless wordplay, the dismantling of linguistic certainties brick by brick, suggests an obsessive personality. But Milton Jones’s gags] are more algorithmic than most. By the end of an evening in his company, you’ll doubt there are any expressions in the English language that he couldn’t invert, subvert or mine for deeply buried dual meanings. It’s like a big dipper for the brain, as Jones flips a sense on its head and plunges us from everyday reality into another ridiculous contrivance or surpassingly odd mental picture.
It’s a major comic effect, particularly given how little Jones has to work for it onstage. His heavy lifting is done at the keyboard; live, he need hardly break sweat. That’s only a problem in his introductory 20 minutes, when he appears in half-baked disguise as his own granddad. This occasional alter ego has yet to develop into anything as satisfying as a character; he’s just a lower-energy, low-commitment version of Jones, with a few gags about the second world war thrown in. (“I wanted to join the Resistance,” he tells us. “But they were against it.”)
There are no other gimmicks tonight. It’s just pop-eyed, shock-haired Jones messing with the idea that there’s any stability to the things we say. There are corny gags and convoluted ones, including the blissful quip that begins: “If you Google ‘lost medieval servant boy’…” There are visual puns, like the one about sushi at Heathrow airport (“nice big portions, but it did taste a bit luggage-y”), and puns where the fun is trying to anticipate what Jones is about to do to any given figure of speech. “I’ve pulled out all the stops this evening…”, he begins, and the anticipation is as delightful as the eventual punchline. It’s silly stuff, and, at its best, sublime.