Reviewer: Lauren Maughan
Milton Jones is a man famous for his one-liners. And if you like a good pun, then this show is for you. It’s jam-packed with a few classics you’ll have heard before, along with some new gags that are comedy genius.
Not your average stand-up show, The Temple of Daft is Indiana Jones meets comedy. Through the medium of joke, and the help of his great uncle Sir Randolph Digby Jones, Jones tells us a tale of archaeological discovery. Here you get two comedians for the price of one. Of course, Jones’ great uncle is pretty funny. Well, of course it’s still Jones himself and the gag about the flags is one that won’t wave you by.
The Temple of Daft is a fun-filled adventure – even if it is a little surreal. The narrative and the story behind the jokes does add something. If you asked anyone watching to re-tell the story, they’d struggle to replay back what was going on in Milton’s mind. It’s a bit wacky and you might be able to keep up if you’ve had some strong coffee.
If you’ve seen Jones perform on the TV, his movement is usually limited to being static centre stage. But this is a show of a different kind. Jones steps out from behind the microphone and puts on a show dressed up as an archaeologist crossed with an explorer. The set design is limited. A child’s tepee, a few plastic chairs and an old school projector are all Jones needs to tell his story. He uses the stage well – even acts out sitting in an aeroplane behind three chairs. Something that’s got to be seen to be believed.
The music helps to set the scene, and build suspense in Jones’ narrative storytelling, with the lighting also helping to add to the comedic timing. Mock the Week fans will appreciate the category game. Jones’ spontaneous jokes certainly get the giggles from the Salford crowd – and they get to join in too. His quick wit and clever responses take the audience by surprise.
Jokes aside, the plot is a little daft, and in among the baffling story, there are some funny gags. There’s that many, that you’ll forget them on the way home. But one thing’s for sure, you’ll be remembering the one about the purple larma.
Reviewed on 18th October 2015