British manufacturing isn’t what it was... but there’s still some things old Blighty can churn out - like luxury cars, chocolate biscuits and the comedy of the absurd.
Milton Jones (pictured) is the latest in a long line, from Spike Milligan through Monty Python and beyond.
His stand up show, played to an appreciative but suspiciously ‘merry’ audience is a worthwhile exercise in pointlessness.
“You’ll remember none of this tomorrow,” the wild haired comic exclaims and, you know, he’s almost right.
The constant string of zany yet immaculately observed one-liners - held together in a purposefully ham-fisted storyline - is mind boggling but thankfully more hit than miss.
Yet, this is more than just a flick through the pages of a walking joke book.
Jones’ preamble features an enjoyable satire on the politics of union - expressed through the waving of flags - and his show-closing joke auction delves into the dark mind of a Sunday seaside crowd.
Support act Chris Stokes is affable enough but it’s Jones who proves that along with dark chocolate Hob Nobs, professional silliness is one of Britain’s true gifts.