Latitude 2016: Milton Jones rattles off his signature one liners and puns

Latitude Festival 2016 at Henham Park near Southwold, Suffolk.Picture: James Bass

Latitude Festival 2016 at Henham Park near Southwold, Suffolk.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

Taking in a Milton Jones set can be a slightly exhausting experience.

The wacky-haired comedian is not the type of comedian to build a joke slowly, for a big reward.

Instead, he specialises in one liners, which come one after another, with no real lineage to topic.

For this reasons, while the laughter is not hysterical, the sheer volume of titters and chuckles are painful.

He is incredibly witty – if there is a pun that can be made, he makes it.


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However, as can sometimes be the case with one-liner comedians, he does not play up to the punch line – his delivery is dead pan, meaning there is often a slight pause after jokes while the penny drops with the audience.

For this reason, his pace is slightly broken up – an experienced pro like himself clearly knows that were he to rattle off his jokes at rapid pace, his audience will be have to play catch-up.

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While this style works in his favour for the most part, he partially suffers from it, as a reasonable quantity of the comedy fans watching do not seem on his wavelength.

And while the vast majority of his jokes are winners, a few fall on deaf ears. Such is the danger when presenting such a large number of jokes, in such a short period of time.

However, it is clear that he is a master of his craft; the one liner.

'When a Welshman says 'that's my fantasy', he could be taking about his fizzy drink,' was one such example.

While not all of the audience were in tune with his style of comedy, the punmaster still pulled it off with gusto.

'I'm not sure what my grandfather would think of what I do,' he adds. 'He worked in a kebab shop and when he died we buried him with all his equipment. He must be spinning in his grave.'

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