Tim Vine or Milton Jones?

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TopBanana

  • Sunday 8th May 2011, 4:11pm
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This 'one-liner' comedy is pretty damn good (in small doses).

Vine & Jones are my favourites exponents of the style, with Jones just shading it as I'm currently enjoying his R4 Extra show.

Who do you prefer?

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Shandonbelle

  • Sunday 8th May 2011, 4:40pm [Edited]
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I know of Tim Vine but have not seen him or heard his jokes. I saw Milton Jones on TV the other night and while the jokes were funny, I wondered why there was not more 'padding' to his routine, or is that what his thing is? Just one liner after one liner? It didn't really seem enough...but he seems popular, so what do I know? :|

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Ian Wolf

  • Sunday 8th May 2011, 5:17pm
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This is a hard one. I've seen them both perform live. Vine is much more rapid fire, but Jones is more surreal and his jokes have a bit more depth. If you hard to push me I'd probably go with Vine.

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lofthouse

  • Sunday 8th May 2011, 5:30pm
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MJ for me

But didn't he pretty much copy his act off Steven Wright?

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TopBanana

  • Sunday 8th May 2011, 7:19pm
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Milton did a gag on Dave's One Night Stand last week 'I tell you what is a dangerous sea to swim in.......hepatitis C'.

Good gag, but then I heard him last night do the same line on a R4 Extra repeat from 1998.

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sidecar jon

  • Sunday 8th May 2011, 8:30pm
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I like Milton, he's a bit more odd and a bit more technical, Vine however is a good laugh with his machine gun joke style, only trouble is one arrives before you laugh at the last. I've listened to all the Miltons "House Of Milton Jones" radio progs and the jokes show up in his stand up all the time, but that's the nature of comedy.

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TopBanana

  • Sunday 8th May 2011, 8:32pm
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Yeah, fair point.

I mean, how many more times is Russell Brand gonna roll out the 'Heroin is so more-ish' or 'Henry the Hoover' gags?

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sidecar jon

  • Sunday 8th May 2011, 8:35pm [Edited]
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I've heard the "Granddad was an armed robber, he died recently...." gag a few times and it always makes me laugh. It's sort of like hearing a loved music track, it evokes a smile as it starts and you sort of relax into it.

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T.W.

  • Sunday 8th May 2011, 8:42pm [Edited]
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Why does one particularly need to choose between the two? I don't ever remember Meryl Streep standing on a freezing railway platform being asked which of her two gag specialist funnymen she wishes to keep.

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T.W.

  • Sunday 8th May 2011, 8:46pm [Edited]
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Quote: Matthew Stott @ May 8 2011, 8:44 PM BST

Stewart Francis does some fine one liners.


"Ooh! I could crush a grape!"... yep, that was a good one. :)

Oh, you mean the Canadian one...? Dunno, never seen him. :|

"Ooh! I could crush a grape!" :)

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TopBanana

  • Sunday 8th May 2011, 9:05pm
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Quote: Tim Walker @ May 8 2011, 8:42 PM BST

Why does one particularly need to choose between the two? I don't ever remember Meryl Streep standing on a freezing railway platform being asked which of her two gag specialist funnymen she wishes to keep.


It is just fun to think about. Who is the most skilled? Who is the better deliverer of the punchline? Etc.

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T.W.

  • Sunday 8th May 2011, 9:17pm [Edited]
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Quote: TopBanana @ May 8 2011, 9:05 PM BST

It is just fun to think about.


"Fun" seems to be something of a preoccupation with you, TopBanana. Just remember that many of us visit the BCG specifically to avoid "fun" of any kind. Unimpressed

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Shandonbelle

  • Sunday 8th May 2011, 9:18pm
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Quote: TopBanana @ May 8 2011, 9:05 PM BST

Who is the most skilled? Who is the better deliverer of the punch


Oasis on both counts ;)