Milton Jones On The High Road
- Charlotte Runcie
- 5 August 2013
This article is from 2013.
Mock The Week regular does what he knows best: quality one-liners
If you think that stand-up should have some proper, actual jokes in it – none of this political ranting or rambling storytelling nonsense – then Milton Jones is for you.
But a stream of quality one-liners ('Would you like to buy a broken barometer? No pressure'), which fit so well into the quick fire Mock The Week format, can potentially be a bit wearing after a full hour, and occasional forays into observational humour are not the show's strongest moments (the length of time a woman takes to get ready to go out is hardly ground-breaking material, after all).
No, the wild-haired Jones is actually at his best when straying into surreal asides and bizarrely original vignettes: bamboo is a recurring theme, and there's an inspired sequence with an overhead projector as well as great lightness of touch with audience interaction. The show could do with more of this, but nonetheless it's rich in snappy gags that can whip right around Twitter twice in one night and are handy to impress your work colleagues with come Monday – nothing if not good value.
Assembly Hall, 623 3030, until 14 Aug, 7.30pm, £16.50.