Milton Jones – A Rough Guide review at Underbelly
There is nothing wrong with a bunch of silly one-line gags, delivered at a high rate per minute. If you can add a ripple of mirth with each one, you are going to get first a wave of laughter and then, if it goes right, a tide of guffaws, ripping through your audience. Such is the theory of comedy and Milton Jones is one of those comedians who does not just know how to turn theory into practice but how to keep it fresh every time.
Jones’ way of keeping it fresh right through the Fringe is to give the show a quasi-alphabetical structure. It may appear lazy but it ensures that the whole show is constantly changing, while using the same basics. And by getting the audience to shout out the next letter he keeps on building up a rapport that swings wildly between being best mates and being rude to everybody.
His real skill, however, is to apply the theory not just to the pattern of individual jokes but to the pattern of the whole set.
Underbelly, August 7-29
- Milton Jones
- It’s Alright For Some
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