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Milton Jones
Milton Jones

When thinking of comedian Milton Jones there are three things that immediately spring to mind – loud shirts, mad hair and fantastic one-liners.

He’s an instantly recognisable character on any television show and he’s well known - and much loved - for his distinct style of humour.

Dialling the number given to me by the PR company I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect on the other end of the phone. But I’m pleased to report that I was greeted by Milton’s friendly tones and thankfully from a journalistic perspective he didn’t just answer every question with a selection of one-liners, although that could have been an interesting one to try and write.

Milton’s visit to the Alhambra Theatre next Thursday is not his first trip to the Kingdom and he’s pleased to be returning.

Remembering his last appearance, an October evening back in 2011, Milton said: “It was a freezing day but a good crowd.

“We’re not doing that many dates in Scotland but I shall be up in Edinburgh for the festival in August.

“We’ve only got them in Aberdeen and Dunfermline.”

Milton’s current tour is called ‘Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft’ and the posters for the show feature the funny man dressed up in a trilby like a certain adventurer we all know.

So, what can those with tickets for next week’s gig expect?

“Lots of trademark jokes,” he explained.

“But what’s different about this one to my other tours is that it’s more of a story.

“It’s not a spoof of Indiana Jones, but we’ve got the same surname so I’ve built a story of jokes around that.

“It’s kind of a mix of my one-liners and a selection of hats and things.

“It’s a story this time instead of me just telling a string of jokes and I’m using a Madonna mic and running about the stage.

“It’s a different sort of show but there will be lots of jokes, trademark shirts and the usual silly nonsense.”

In recent years Milton has become more of a household name through appearances on television shows such as ‘Mock the Week’, ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’ and ‘Live at the Apollo’.

However he’s also a regular on BBC Radio 4, having recently finished his latest radio show ‘Thanks a Lot Milton Jones!’ and having had 10 other radio series commissioned by the station.

So what’s it like to be back on tour and playing live at venues around the country again most nights for this quest to find buried treasure?

He said: “There’s nothing quite like meeting people that have paid to see you.

“Some times if you’re doing things like corporate events people haven’t really invested in you, but if they have paid for a ticket to see you it’s usually because they like what you do.

“It’s a very wide age group that come to the shows because Radio Four brings in a more varied audience.

“When I used to do the clubs it was all 20-30 somethings.

“It’s a different dynamic, there’s nothing like doing your own crowd.”

But being on the road travelling must be tiring?

“Hour by hour I’m more a paid traveller than comedian,” he said.

“I have got a tour manager that drives , so it’s not completely lonely.

“But it’s strange as one night you are talking to a thousand people and then the next time you talk to someone it could be another thousand people the next night.

“Touring is very physical.

“It’s just turning up in different places and speaking the words.

“It’s more trouble writing the show.

“Coming up with all the one-liners takes a long time.”

It’s been a busy time for Milton since his live tour started in Dorking earlier this month, but looking ahead, what’s he got in store for the rest of 2015?

“We’re just about to announce another leg of the tour in the autumn,” he explained.

“I’m not sure where we’re going on that yet but going to do that.

“I’ll be in Edinburgh for the festival and I’ll fit in another radio series.

“I know what I’m doing for the rest of the year which is unusual stand up wise.”

He’s been enjoying great success in his comedy career, but are there any particular highlights that stand out for Milton so far?

“The first time you do anything is exciting,” he said.

“So the first time you do your own radio show or the first comedy show at the London Apollo. They were all exciting.

“The first time you do anything is great.

“In this job I’m lucky enough to travel as well.

“I did a show at the Sydney Opera House last year, it was part of a show with other comedians.

“I’ve played a charity event looking over Times Square in New York.

“I get to go to interesting places doing this job.

“I’m off to Melbourne again with my family in about a month.

“ It’s great to be able to go and see a place and try not to forget I have got a show in the evening!”