SLIGHTLY neurotic but always dazzling comedian Milton Jones is fine-tuning lots of brand new jokes ready for his stop-off at Milton Keynes Theatre this weekend, writes Georgina Butler.
Milton is travelling the length and breadth of the country as part of his On the Road tour.
The multi-award winning Mock the Week and Radio 4 star has earned his place among Britain’s gag-smith elite and his one-liners will bring a smile to even the most down-turned mouths.
GO! was wondering whether Milton is this funny-man’s real moniker and the answer is – yes, the stand-up star does share his given name with our very own city.
He quips: “One of my ambitions is to one day overhear someone make fun of Milton Keynes by calling it ‘Milton Jones’”.
This self-confessed suburbanite explains that he has always had a short concentration span, hence his preference for one-liners.
He said: “I think if a one-liner succeeds you put a tiny but entertaining cartoon in peoples’ heads.”
He also has three kids to take care of these days: “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...”
What a relief he followed the road to comedy – join the journey with performances on both Saturday and Sunday at 7.30pm.
> FROM Tuesday, the critically acclaimed Goodnight Mister Tom takes centre stage with a five-day stay.
The acting pedigree is assured too: Olivier Award winner Oliver Ford Davies takes the lead in the title role.
During the build up to the Second World War, William Beech is evacuated to the English countryside and forms a moving friendship with the elderly, reclusive Mr Oakley.
Everything is fine, until William is devastatingly summoned back to London by his mother...
Goodnight Mr Tom will hook you and quite probably move you too: ‘Tugs at the heart strings,’ wrote The Guardian, while The Times said ‘It ends as children’s theatre should. Adults audibly sniveling and children breathlessly attentive.’
Taking one of those little pocket packets of tissues with you might prove a good move.
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> We must give a special mention to Stagecoach Theatre Arts MK students Blake White, 11, Callum Buchanan,11, Freddie Watkins, 9 and 13-year old Lewis Pittam who will all appear as evacuees in the production.
Well done, all of you.