One-liner king Milton is quick on the draw

Comedian Milton Jones
Comedian Milton Jones
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Top comic Milton Jones is heading back to town.

After a sell-out gig at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre in October year, Jones is returning to the venue on Sunday, June 7 next year with a new show called Milton Jones and The Temple of Daft.

He’s also popping to Lytham too, playing Lowther Pavilion in February, at the start of what is a 62-date tour.

Jones is the king of the one-liner, gags like: “I overheard a mermaid the other day. She said ‘I like lying on the beach but my other half likes swimming’,” and “I met my wife on the net. We were both rubbish trapeze artists.”

It’s little wonder he’s been a big hit on TV panel shows like Mock The Week, and he’s looking forward to coming back to these parts.

“Up until a few years ago, I’d never been to Blackpool before,” said Jones.

“Then I came as part of a tour, and although we didn’t get chance to look around – it was in the bleak midwinter – the audience was lovely, and I really enjoyed it.”

Jones (pictured right) describes his act as perfect for anyone who likes silly stuff.

“There are no nasty surprises, just lots of silliness and if you’re the kind of person who takes the kids to the panto and laughs at all the silly lines, then this is the show for you,” he said. “I think my last DVD was a U certificate, so it’s fully accessible for most people.

“The terror of thinking people have actually bought tickets for my show and will be coming to watch makes me come up with ideas! The pressure works for me.

“Like a pig sniffing for truffles, I usually come across a subject or idea and have a feeling something is in it, or it could be funny.

“I try to put it in as few words as possible, and that usually works as a one-liner.”

Jones, 49, made his name when he was crowned best newcomer at the Perrier Comedy Awards in 1996.

He was also winner in 2003 of the Time Out Best Comedy Performance Award; Headliner of the Year in 2011 on the Chortle Website; and has performed at festivals in Montreal, Sydney, and the US.

Jones lives with his wife in Surrey and has three children.

“I think, at first, the kids thought everyone did what I do. But then they saw me on TV, which was a bit different for them,” he said.

“They’ve realised you can make money from comedy, so they come up with jokes and then try to sell them to me. They’ll say ‘Dad, how much is this one worth?’

“I don’t think any of them will end up going into comedy. They will probably rebel and become accountants.”

Tickets for Jones’ local shows go on sale at 10am on Friday. Tickets for the Lowther Pavilion in Lytham on Sunday, February 15, 2015, are £24.50 and available from 01253 794221 or at the venue. Tickets for his Grand Theatre show are £25.50, and available from 01253 290190.