Known for his wild hair, wild puns and the weird shirts, Milton Jones is a comedy favourite.
The stand-up has hosted eight series on BBC Radio 4 and made numerous appearances on telly shows including Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Mock The Week, sharing his love for word play, puns and silly jokes.
He’s also busy touring the country with his latest show, the imaginatively titled On The Road, playing to sell-out audiences and hastily arranging return dates to meet demand.
But what you might not know is that the comic is also a Christian, and he does his best to ensure that even on the road he stays rooted in his faith.
“It’s like a number of things in my life, I’m not consciously aware of the battle because being a Christian is so much part of who I am – and has been for a number of years,” he explains.
Although Milton attends
a Church of England fellowship, he hates being labelled as an Anglican.
“All denominations are almost meangingless,” he says. “There’s so much variety in denominations these days it’s kind of like, for this generation, the distinction is almost meaningless. I would always say that I’m a Christian first and the denominations aren’t important.”
The life-style of a stand-up, especially a touring one, can be lonely. As well as the gigs to get to, there’s the TV appearances, radio shows and the writing. Milton feels that he’s created a good support network to ensure that he stays grounded. These include a prayer triplet and a men’s group at his church.
He explains: “It’s about being accountable and plugged into the people around me and, in terms of good friends and family, hopefully keeping my feet on the ground and vice versa.
“A lot of my friends are Christians and we’re able to talk.”
Milton’s act attracts a wide cross-section of ages, something that he’s proud of.
“When I do tours, I quite like it because you get whole families coming along,” he says. “You get kids and old people: people are now turning up wearing wacky shirts as well, which is quite funny.”
Well, not as funny as Milton when he’s rattling out those one-liners.
Milton will be at Reading’s Hexagon Theatre on Thursday, March 14 and again on November 6.
Tickets, at £20, are still on sale and can be bought by calling the box office on (0118) 960 6060 or logging on to www.readingarts.com.