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Nerves keep it quickfire

FUNNYMAN Milton Jones is known on the stand-up circuit for his quick-fire style - and bold choice of shirts!

FUNNYMAN Milton Jones is known on the stand-up circuit for his quick-fire style - and bold choice of shirts!

But when the Solihull News asks the comic how he developed his distinctive one-liners, we get a surprising answer.

“I think to begin with, I was so terrified on stage that I just wanted to get the joke out as quickly as possible,” says Milton, pictured.

“I don’t tend to do much topical stuff, if you spend a lot of time on a joke then you want to be able to use it for a while.

“And if you want to keep it in your routine it takes half your time reminding people about the event, before you can tell the joke.”

The Mock the Week regular said he’d spent months working on material for the tour and was looking forward to going back on the road.

He has been coming up with gags for over 15 years - winning the Perrier Award for best newcomer in 1996.

“When you start out, you spend the first year or so wishing the venue would burn down before you have to go on,” he said.

“You don’t want the nerves to turn into a sort of blind panic, because the audience can smell that.

“Learning to handle hecklers is the hardest thing, but you have to remember the audience is on your side - they want you to put this smug person in their place.”

So what’s the best-way to win over an audience? Or lose them?

“Well I remember one gig when I came on and shouted ‘Good evening Oxford!’ and I was in Cambridge.

“You’ve got to make sure you get a big laugh in early on and show people you know what you’re doing- even if you don’t.

“I’ve always had a good response in Birmingham. There are places where they’re a bit uptight about laughing, but there’s no problem there - they’re pretty relaxed.”

Milton Jones will be at the Glee Club on March 9. Tickets on 0871 472 0400.

 

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