EP88 – Milton Jones – How to make a career as a one-liner comedian.

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EP88 – Milton Jones – How to make a career as a one-liner comedian.


Total run time: 1 hour 22 mins 03 secs.

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About Milton Jones…

Milton Jones( @TheMiltonJones ) is a one-liner powerhouse with a strong work ethic and an interesting approach to how he see’s his on stage self as a cartoon rather than a comedian or a character. We talked about building an audience, an evolving writing process, dealing with imposter syndrome and more… 

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Edinburgh Fringe..

  • Why he started in comedy? [0 mins 0 secs]
  • I saw in an interview you saying that in hindsight you think / have found the Fringe a scam as someone is making money but the comedians aren’t. Do you still think that?
  • Do you think the Fringe is still important?
  • How long does it take for him to switch to “stage Milton”? [20 mins]
  • How was his mental health as he was discovering his voice? [24 mins]
  • Why do you do it?
  • How do you get useful feedback now that you’re well known? [27 mins]
  • I’d be keen to know how he gauges whether the jokes he is writing are original. [30 mins]
    • Adam Blooms podcast
  • How do you deal with imposeter syndrome? [40 mins]
  • I don’t want to compare one liners like this, but there is a lot of pushing and pressure for promoters to have more diverse line ups and often they’ll have “the one liner guy”. Do you find this helped when you got started[18 mins]

His on and offline persona…

  • The bigger the hair the thinker the hair, do you find any audiences get insulted by knowing that[2 mins  10 secs]?
  • How has the characters of Milton changed since you found it. Not when you were trying stuff out, but when you landed on it but you changed, or does you changing not have an impact on the on stage you? [1 mins 30 secs]
  • Who puts more limitations on the on stage Milton, you or your audience? [33 mins]
  • I saw you talking about saying you need an angle to take the audience away from the words. How many iterations of your persona did you have to go through?
  • Do you find Twitter is the best medium for you to try jokes?
  • Do you know if a joke is funny written vs out loud from social media?
  • Do you want to cut down a joke to the fewest words or sometimes is it about the beat / rhythm of the sentence?

TV commissioning…

  • I saw in an interview Milton said that the BBC commissioners play musical chairs every 6 months. How does that impact your attempts to get shows on the telly?
  • The snowball effect of getting on TV once, does it make it easier to get on more panel shows once you’ve done one[7 mins ]?
  • Political correctness: do you find you have to censor yourself more now than when you started? I find it very easy to forgot my moral compass esp when you’re writing a show, it comes back in time, thankfully, but are there any jokes you wrote 10 years ago that you couldn’t or wouldn’t tell now?
  • I remember you saying that when you’re stuck in a persona you end up writing the same jokes but with different words, how do you mean? And how do you stop yourself from doing that?
  • Are there any opportunities you took that you regret? [42 mins]
  • Are there any opportunities you didn’t take you regret? [42 mins]

Show technical stuff…

  • Do you hate it when you one liner jokes are taken out of context and used in articles about PC culture? [48 mins 11 secs]
  • How does he know what’s funny out loud and what’s funny written down? [51 mins 10 secs]
  • What it was like winning the newcomer award. [53 mins 12 secs]
  • What have the been the milestones in his career that helped take his profile up a notch?[56 mins 10 secs]
  • What’s it like working with a director? [58 mins]
  • What would he say he’s bad at? [59 mins]
  • How many shows do you write vs go in the show and his hit rate? ]1 hour 2 mins]
  • What’s his writing process and how has it changed as he and the on stage version of him has changed? [1 hour 3 mins]
  • How does he deal with people, brands and companies stealing his jokes? [1 hour 7 mins]
  • When is the best time for a one liner comedian to go on? [1 hour 10 mins]


  • How does being a born again Christian impact your comedy? Or does it?
  • Do you enjoy comedy about religion? Would you ever get offended by a joke about Christianity?
  • How does being a Christian impact him on and off stage? [42 mins]
  • Does the on stage Milton have a religion? [44 mins]

Everything else…






Simon Caine is a comedian, author, podcaster, writer and social media manager. He's the host of the Ask The Industry Podcast (iTunes link) , writer of jokes for Twitter and teller of gags on the London comedy scene. He's also the person writing this and it is taking all his willpower not to make a "Simon Says" joke.
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