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Comedy.co.nz Productions Presents 

Milton Jones

Milton's Premiere Season

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Finally one of the heroes of UK stand-up makes it to NZ and to The Classic for just 13 shows only. A must see!

Voted ‘BEST HEADLINER’ in the UK in the 2011 Chortle Awards.

”The sultan of surreal” The Guardian UK

”The king of surreal one liners” The Times, UK

”There are very few comics as inventively silly, as magnificently funny and as successfully industrious as Jones ...it’s just one tight joke after another” Chortle.co.uk

www.miltonjones.com

 

Showing In:

Auckland

Dates:

Sat 28 April &
Mon 30 April - Sat 5 May
Mon 7 - Sat 12 May, 7pm

Venues:

The Classic, Auckland

Tickets:

Adults $28.00
Conc. $24.00
Groups 10+ $24.00
Mondays All Tickets $20* service fees may apply

Bookings:

0800 TICKETEK (842 538)

Show Duration:

1 hour
 

Critics Review

Darren Bevan - TVNZ.co.nz'"With his puzzled face, wavy hair and calm exterior, Milton Jones is a comedy festival must see"'open/close
I've seen Milton Jones three times now in the past 4 days - twice as part of other shows and now as a solo act.

Despite some of the material being replayed (as it obviously would) I've not suffered a lessening reaction - in fact, it's been the complete opposite - even more mirth at his surreal one liners and overtly corny puns.

The show at the Classic on Auckland's Queen Street begins with Milton Jones' grandad being welcomed to the stage and he dodders out and begins to perform an act; it's madness in a flat cap and overcoat.

And it's bloody funny, to be frank. It's also unfair of me to reveal some of the gags and surreal non-sequiturs he comes out with (the majority of which I'm smirking at as I write this.)

Suffice it to say that time with Milton is like walking through a maze with ever shifting dimensions; just when you think you're about to turn left and get to the point, the white rabbit rushes into the maze, pulls the rug from under you and then jumps on your head. If you think that analogy came from nowhere, then you've got some idea of what Milton's MO is.

After his grandpa's done the set twice (trust me, you'll never look at the phrase "I'm going to start again" in the same way), Milton himself is brought on and the mirth and laughter doesn't let up as he delivers hit after surreal hit in a flowing stream of surreal stupendousness.

You don't quite know where Milton's going when he starts to speak - you think you have an inkling of where he's headed and then he wrong foots you or delivers such a terribly corny line, you can't help but give in and just revel in the zaniness of a perfectly timed punchline. For example, one line is that you should never buy pizza from sports shops. While you're scratching your head, Milton reels you in by pulling a dartboard out. In Milton's wacky world of weird, it all makes sense. And, after a little exposure to him, it makes sense to you as well.

Even though the audience is occasionally non-plussed, there's some good natured banter back and forth - as well as a little audience involvement, there's also Milton's pictures on a technologically advanced OHP. It was at this point that I really lost any last minor resistance to his gags - and lines like "My favourite memory of Houdini...(pause)...no, it's gone" just proved hit after hit. Quite simply, resistance is futile.

So, I'll admit I relented and gave you a couple of his gags, but given the amount that he uses throughout his set, you're not spoiled....trust me, there's plenty more where that came from in this pure quality set. And it's sheer genius.

With his puzzled face, wavy hair and calm exterior, Milton Jones is a comedy festival must see - it's a polished and unusual set which locks horns with the absurd and tosses it your way. Don't miss Milton - he's one of the UK's premiere entertainers, an archduke of the absurd and a prince of the peculiar. He's also perfectly timed punchline perfection which will have you chortling as you wander off into the night.
Tumeke!'5 Stars. Imagine free basing magic mushrooms and a dictionary and you get close to one of the best acts this year, welcome to the surreal Milton Jones.'open/close
Imagine free basing magic mushrooms and a dictionary and you get close to one of the best acts this year, welcome to the surreal Milton Jones.

His dazed delivery of smart wordplay stoner observations of the world go from clever chuckle to belly laugh. His weird and wide eyed world view is a blended reality that has you anticipating the next joke after the next joke after the next joke.

It's amazing to watch a comedian who doesn't hit one flat patch throughout an entire act and Jones has refined this performance down to an effortless pleasure. Milton is a must see for the season.

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Keeping up with the Grid - Ingrid Grenar
Milton Jones is in New Zealand for 13 shows for the NZ International Comedy Festival.

With the first week under his belt this week is your last chance to see one of the UK’s top headliners here in NZ for the 2012 festival.

If you have never seen Milton Jones here is an idea of what to expect.

You will experience fast one liners, both clever word play and surreal subject matter. His delivery is so calm and relaxed which is a joy to watch.

The jokes come so quick that you can be forgiven for missing a few but don’t worry there will be four others coming your way before you know it.

The sheer bulk of his material is astounding, and I didn’t think he was the kind of comedian who would involve the audience, but he does and superbly at that. He is able to work his material so it just flows around the comments or banter that occur.

He is silly and fun with a cheeky innocence and likeability. His quick wit and ability to meander around his material, seemingly plucking which ever gem he chooses is a true individual talent that must make him the envy of many performers.

I watched his hour show to a sold out crowd at The Classic who never stopped giggling and even cheered him on for an encore.

Milton Jones’s surreal blend of comedy will leave you wishing you could remember more of his brilliant one liners after the show.
Chris Shortt
Absolutely brilliant, the funniest thing I have seen in ages, if not ever. Laughs didn't let up for a minute.
J Bunny
brilliant show, fast and very quick witted Milton has the one liners down pat. My face ached after an hour of laughing. Thanks Milton we really enjoyed your show
J Bunny
brilliant show, fast and very quick witted Milton has the one liners down pat. My face ached after an hour of laughing. Thanks Milton we really enjoyed your show