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Interview: Comedian Milton Jones to perform at Catford Broadway Theatre
11:20am Thursday 29th August 2013 in Leisure latest news
WILD-HAIRED, crazy shirt-wearing joke machine Milton Jones, who you may have seen on Live at the Apollo or Mock the Week, will perform at Catford Broadway Theatre on October 25.
Vibe got the low-down on the comedian from Kew.
Is Milton you’re real name?
I’m afraid so. As a child I heard all the jokes about being ‘keen’, sterilising fluid and always having bits of food in my hair.
Actually that last one might not be to do with my name. One of my ambitions is to one day over-hear someone make fun of Milton Keynes by calling it ‘Milton Jones’.
Did you make people laugh at school?
Maybe behind my back, but I was always quite a quiet kid and kept myself to myself – probably the sort who often eventually gets hold of a gun and takes hostages.
Fortunately I discovered acting instead.
How did you end up doing one-liners?
I’ve always had a short concentration span. I think I appeal to other people who have short concentration spans. (Not that they will have read this far.)
I think if a one-liner succeeds you put a tiny but entertaining cartoon in peoples’ heads.
You’ve done nine series for Radio 4 – which do you prefer radio or television?
Television is ultimately more powerful, and reaches a bigger range of people.
I love Radio 4 though, it’s a bit like listening to the voice of your parents after you’ve left home. Oh yes, my Mum would often read us the Shipping Forecast until we fell asleep.
You’ve been around a while now – how has the comedy scene changed during your career?
Stand-up is much bigger now, but also less risky and inventive than it used to be.
When I started there was an act called the Iceman who brought a giant block of ice on stage and melted it with a blowtorch while shouting weak puns about ice.
Okay, he’d be unlikely to sell out the O2 Arena but the circuit has lost some of its tin-pot charm.
Also all the reality competitions mean audiences often see things in terms of ‘who won?’ rather than just enjoying the variety of a show.
You have three children now don’t you?
Yes they are the light of my life. I forget their names.
They are also my severest critics of course – if I wear the wrong thing, if a joke doesn’t work or if I consistently refuse to let them out of the fridge.
My wife is an illustrator so it’s always been hard for us to get them to take exams seriously as they weren’t much use to us. Anyway our children will probably all rebel and become accountants.
Tell us about the new tour show
On the Road will contain Jokes, music, and pictures. It will also have descriptions of the tour so far – gigs in Glasgow, Narnia and fourteenth century France. Don’t come if you don’t like jokes though.
I hear you have an old VW camper van?
True. It’s called Mother Teresa because it’s blue and white and old.
Over the years we’ve often crammed all the kids and their stuff in and headed off to the country to solve mysteries, like they did in Scooby Doo.
Any plans for the future?
After On the Road I would like to do more TV acting, have my own TV show and maybe be in a film.
Then I would like to own a castle, a small city and so on until eventually I have an empire that stretches from West London to the outskirts of China.
But to be honest it’s more likely to be the same round of radio, TV panel games and odd visits to arts centres.
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