Milton Jones, the king of one-liners is back on the road, but this time he’s taking a different approach.

After almost 20 years on the comedy circuit, the comedian is stringing his one-liners (of which there can be up to 250 per show) together to tell a broader story on his new tour, The Temple of Daft, which comes to the Aylesbury Waterside on Saturday.

Milton Jones, with his zany shirts and crazy hair, becomes Indiana Jones as he dons the hat and sets off on a wild journey into surrealist comedy.

 “Previous tours have been lots of jokes in different forms, but basically lots of jokes. This is more of a story, more like one of my radio shows. It loosely, and I say loosely, follows a kind of adventure-archaeology type story.

“It started off with me noticing that I had the same surname as Indiana Jones, and it has all transpired from there.”

So what inspired Jones to take a new direction?

“When people see you on telly, they want to come and see the same sort of thing when they see a live show, but obviously not the same jokes. Moving to a narrative was a way of keeping the same style.

“It begins to mine other areas of jokes as well, in terms of, if you can do a scene where you’re talking between two people - even though I’m the only person there - that’s a different sort of writing than just one-liner after one-liner.”

With a background in acting (he gained a diploma in dramatic art from Middlesex Polytechnic in 1985), Milton is keen to bring drama into his live shows.

“Years ago I started as an actor, and I’d quite like to incorporate more of it. For instance, previously the footprint of the tour has been I’ve gone on and done 15 minutes as a character, and then there’s a support act, and then I do the whole second half. There’s a different character this tour.

“Previously, I’ve done my granddad, but this is different. This is my uncle, my great-uncle, Sir Randolph Digby Jones. He’s an explorer; I quite like warming the audience up with an obscure character to begin with, then making it more of a show.”

With a tour that will take him up and down the country until November this year, Milton admits the schedule can be punishing.

“It is difficult, and there are some weeks, or some months, where you’re away from home quite a lot, and maybe it’s the winter and maybe you’re up north and it’s quite grim all round… But it’s actually harder to write a tour, creatively, you know, that’s where the brain ache is. Once you’ve got a show that’s up and running, it’s more a physical battle.

“I try and see as many people around the country as I can, friends and relatives. Because there’s nothing worse than talking to hundreds of people, and then being the last person out of the car park, go to a hotel, and then the next time you talk to someone properly is when you talk to hundreds of people the next night. That’s a recipe for madness.”

So how does he relax between shows?

“Me and some other comedians get together - I did it yesterday - and play football. We like it because we see each other, but also it’s one way of turning your head off, to become completely involved in something else.”

As well as his mammoth tour, Milton is a regular guest on popular comedy panel show, Mock the Week. With a group of comedians all hoping to get laughs with their own quips, Milton tells how it can be a competitive atmosphere.

“I’ve known lots of those guys for years and we all get on and it’s fine. But the way it’s set up, it’s always seven people trying to get through a door for two. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a joke that would have fitted, and I just couldn’t get a word in.

“But I suppose from an outsider’s point of view, that is where the dramatic tension is, because you’ve got all these people trying to get a word in. It kind of makes for absorbing television.”

Most of Milton’s material is family friendly, so unlike other comedians, you might see some children in the audience when he comes to Aylesbury this weekend.

“I think it is true that I get a very wide demographic, coming to my tours, because…it’s partly having done Mock The Week and Radio 4, those two ends of the human life scale. And it’s kind of accessible in a way that people feel happy to come as entire families, which is great to look at.

“It gives a slightly pantomime feel to a tour show because I know that there are grandparents who come with their grandchildren. I like that idea, it feels less niche and I quite often have to explain things, or a child will put their hand up and ask a question during a show, or it’s clear that some grandparents have brought some other grandparents with them.”

Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft comes to the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre on May 30. Tickets are from £27.90, available online at or by calling the box office on 0844 871 7607.