Milton Jones Genius Comedy Night Review: Be Our Guest

PUBLISHED: 17:46 09 April 2019 | UPDATED: 10:15 10 April 2019

Scott Bennett, Steve N Allen, Milton Jones, and Lauren Pattison with Genius Event's' Trish Caller.    Picture: Genius PR and Events

Scott Bennett, Steve N Allen, Milton Jones, and Lauren Pattison with Genius Event's' Trish Caller. Picture: Genius PR and Events

Genius PR and Events

Weston-super-Mare’s Winter Gardens played host to a night of side-splitting hilarity as Mock The Week regular Milton Jones, headlined the venue’s first Genius Comedy night.

Jones and the cream of the comedy circuit entertained with a night of razor sharp one-liners and observational humour at the venue which was decked-out like a Disney Movie.

The night’s festivities were overseen by The Mash Report’s Steve N Allen – in fine form, Allen got the crowd going with personable observational skits about how his radio voice gets him out of all kinds of trouble, how tall people are forever asked to get things off the top shelf (I feel his pain), but short people are never asked to pick things up off the floor, and as every top-notch compare does, remembered to ask the audience every question twice.

First on the bill was Yorkshire comic Scott Bennett, who reminded the audience that some stereotypes exist for a reason, in particular that the thrifty northerner is a real thing, and the worst one he has ever met is his father, who starts every conversation with a deal ‘Yakult two for one in ASDA’ and insists on buying everything in bulk to the point he once bought a freezer full of cheesecakes because they were cheap.

Bennett’s gift lies in his ability to see the absurd in the mundane and then pushing it as far as he can, and in doing so took topics that could easily come across as hackneyed and managed to make them feel fresh.

Next up was BBC New Comedy Award finalist Lauren Pattison.

With perfect timing, genuine warmth, and a gleeful sense of mischief, Pattison spoke about her nephew (who cannot be named in case someone takes him), and her niece Miya (who she does not like as much), as well as how online dating helped her bag a posh boyfriend, before ending her set with a marvellous and poignant turn about people taking offence on other people’s behalf.

In my mind, Pattison is sure to go onto big things – let me put it this way, I’m happy I saw her before the stadium shows.

Topping the bill was Jones, who bound onto to stage before tearing the house down with a set that made my jaw ache, Delivering punch-line after punch-line with his trademark dead-pan wit, and puzzled poker face.

Though it did slip for a second when one woman in the audience was so overcome with hysterics that he stopped to ask her if she was genuinely mad.

An accomplished wordsmith and master of the craft, Jones managed to make the audience laugh before even getting to the punch-line, setting up rules for the crowd to follow, before subverting his own schtick, seemingly on a whim, and always with hilarious results.

It may have been the first time Genius Comedy took over the Winter Gardens, but here is hoping it is the first of many.

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