Milton Jones

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Milton Jones
Milton Jones portrait.jpg
Promotional photo for the Lion Whisperer tour
Born (1964-05-16) 16 May 1964 (age 54)
Kew, London, England
MediumStand-up, television
Years active1996–present
Genres One-liner, Deadpan, surreal humour
Subject(s) Everyday life, celebrities, pop culture, human interaction, current events
Notable works and roles Mock The Week
Live at the Apollo

Milton Hywel Jones (born 16 May 1964) is an English comedian. His style of humour is based on one-liners involving puns delivered in a deadpan and slightly neurotic style. Jones has had various shows on BBC Radio 4 [1] [2] and is a recurring guest panellist on Mock the Week . [3] He won the Perrier comedy award for best newcomer in 1996. [4] and in 2012, Another Case of Milton Jones was awarded silver in the 'Best Comedy' category at the 30th Sony Radio Academy awards. [5] Jones tours the UK periodically and is a regular performer at The Comedy Store in London and Manchester.

Pun figure of speech

The pun, also called paronomasia, is a form of word play that exploits multiple meanings of a term, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect. These ambiguities can arise from the intentional use of homophonic, homographic, metonymic, or figurative language. A pun differs from a malapropism in that a malapropism is an incorrect variation on a correct expression, while a pun involves expressions with multiple interpretations. Puns may be regarded as in-jokes or idiomatic constructions, especially as their usage and meaning are usually specific to a particular language or its culture.

Deadpan, dry humor or dry wit is the deliberate display of a lack of or no emotion, commonly as a form of comedic delivery to contrast with the ridiculousness of the subject matter. The delivery is meant to be blunt, ironic, laconic, or apparently unintentional.

BBC Radio 4 British domestic radio station, owned and operated by the BBC

BBC Radio 4 is a radio station owned and operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. It replaced the BBC Home Service in 1967. The station controller is Gwyneth Williams, and the station is part of BBC Radio and the BBC Radio department. The station is broadcast from the BBC's headquarters at Broadcasting House, London. On 21 January 2019 Williams announced she was quitting the role. There are no details of when or who will be her replacement.


Jones wrote the surrealist, partially biographical novel Where Do Comedians Go When They Die?: Journeys of a Stand-Up (2009). [6]

The biographical novel is a genre of novel which provides a fictional account of a contemporary or historical person's life. This kind of novel concentrates on the experiences a person had during his lifetime, the people they met and the incidents which occurred. Like other forms of biographical fiction, details are often trimmed or reimagined to meet the artistic needs of the fictional genre, the novel. These reimagined biographies are sometimes called semi-biographical novels, to distinguish the relative historicity of the work from other biographical novels

Personal life

Jones grew up in Kew, Surrey. [7] [8] His father is from South Wales. [9] He attended Middlesex Polytechnic, gaining a diploma in dramatic art in 1985. [10] He is married with three children and lives in the St Margarets suburb of Richmond upon Thames in London. He supports Arsenal FC. [11]

Kew suburban district in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

Kew is a district in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north-east of Richmond and 7.1 miles (11.4 km) west by south-west of Charing Cross; its population at the 2011 Census was 11,436.

South Wales Region of Wales

South Wales is the region of Wales bordered by England and the Bristol Channel to the east and south, mid Wales to the north, and west Wales to the west. With an estimated population of around 2.2 million, which is almost three-quarters of the whole of Wales, Cardiff has approximately 400,000, Swansea has approximately 250,000 and Newport has 150,000. The region is loosely defined, but it is generally considered to include the historic counties of Glamorgan and Monmouthshire, extending westwards to include Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. In the western extent, from Swansea westwards, local people would probably recognise that they lived in both south Wales and west Wales. The Brecon Beacons national park covers about a third of South Wales, containing Pen y Fan, the highest British mountain south of Cadair Idris in Snowdonia.

St Margarets, London suburb of the London Borough of Richmond

St Margarets is a suburb in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, about 9 miles (14 km) west-southwest of central London. It is within the Twickenham post town. It is bounded by the River Thames to the north, east and south, and the River Crane to the north-west; the northern limit, less well defined, has changed with local government boundary revisions. St Margarets does not pass any further south than Richmond Road, Twickenham. The area closer to Richmond Bridge is known as East Twickenham and is not regarded as part of St Margarets.

Jones is a Christian and often performs in churches and at Christian festivals. [12] [13] [14]

He is a patron of the charity Chance for Childhood. [15]

Radio programmes

The Very World of Milton Jones was a comedy show broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between 1998 and 2001 starring English comedian Milton Jones. It ran for three series.

The House of Milton Jones is a radio comedy series which was first broadcast in 2003 on BBC Radio 4. It was written by Milton Jones and James Carey, and starred Milton Jones as himself, Olivia Colman as Milton's sister Susan, Nigel Lindsay as Susan's husband Ian, Tom Goodman-Hill as Anton, and Rosemary Leach as Milton's Aunt Dilys. Re-runs are broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Another Case of Milton Jones is the third distinct comedy programme starring Milton Jones to be broadcast by BBC Radio 4. The programme ran for five series, the last of which began on Thursday 21 July 2011. The four previous series were broadcast in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010.


TV work

Jones was also a writer for TV shows: [16] he worked on The One Ronnie , Not Going Out and Laughing Cow .

Stand-up DVDs

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