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Review: Milton Jones

PUBLISHED: 09:14 16 June 2011

Milton Jones comic

Milton Jones comic

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Paradise found: Milton Jones in a big tent, in the middle of Chapelfield Gardens. On the opening night of Red Card Comedy's sixth festival, Jones set the tone for an event which has fast become a highlight in Norwich's comedy calendar.

You might imagine that an endless stream of one-liners – most of which aren’t linked to each other – might become tiring. But no.

This man is a pun machine gun, firing out jokes like they’re going out of fashion (which they’re not, as Jones’ regular appearances on shows such as Mock the Week ably illustrate).

After a stınt playıng hıs own Granddad, wıth an hılarıous hıstorıcal tımelıne, Mılton was back followıng an ımpressıve set by new comedıan Chrıs Stokes.

He may look as if he’s dressed in the dark, but Jones material has a light touch which means his gags are clever, surreal, silly, cutting and spot-on, all at the same time.

By the end of the show, you’re left marvelling at how the man can commit such a fast-paced show to memory: I can barely remember more than one computer password.

Having recently stormed the Norwich Playhouse, I’m sure it won’t be long before we welcome Milton back to Norfolk.

Catch him then, before he requires a stadium.

t Laugh in the Park runs until Saturday. Tonight, Ben Norris, John Moloney and John Mann take to the stage, Sean Hughes, Joseph Wilson, Diane Spencer and Danny Buckler visit Norwich on Friday and Lucy Porter, Simon Feilder, Otiz Cannelloni and Joe Rowntree appear on Saturday. Shows begin nightly at 8pm, tickets cost £13.50 to £14.50. For more details and to buy tickets, visit redcardcomedy.com.

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