“I used to do a line about hav­ing a fa­tal peanut al­lergy and the other boys play­ing Rus­sian Roulette by force­feed­ing me Rev­els. Then Mars brought out an ad with the same joke”

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The care and pre­ci­sion Jones puts into his work is leg­endary. “There are two things that re­ally an­noy me in com­edy – the first is when you get a re­quest from some­one in the au­di­ence for a cer­tain gag and when they’re shout­ing out the re­quest they also in­clude the punch line,” he says.

“The sec­ond is when peo­ple re­peat my jokes back to me and it’s a para­phrase so it re­ally only goes out at 80 per cent of what it should be. Re­view­ers do that a lot with me. I’ve spent years work­ing on some lines. Some­times you sense you’ll be close but it’s still not fin­ished. And a lot of these times all it takes is to lit­er­ally change a syl­la­ble and it works per­fectly. It’s like try­ing to put a car­toon in to peo­ple’s heads – and you have to have it so that just as they think it’s go­ing one way then you must bring it an­other.”

Jones was brought up in a Chris­tian house­hold. “I re­ally be­lieve that with­out my Chris­tian faith I wouldn’t have the courage to do this,” he says. “Be­com­ing a co­me­dian, you have to first go through the pain bar­rier. I al­ways equate it to learn­ing a mu­si­cal in­stru­ment, but all your prac­tice is done in pub­lic. I’ve known plenty of re­ally funny peo­ple who have given up dur­ing those early stages. You have to scale that sheer cliff face be­fore you reach the plateau – once you’re on that plateau it’s rel­a­tively eas­ier and you will get plenty of work.”

“How my faith in­forms my work as a standup is that I don’t swear. This isn’t a pol­icy – it’s just how things are for me. I do have a faith, I be­lieve in a moral­ity. I think it’s disin­gen­u­ous of comics to say that com­edy is out­side of morals. Com­edy does have the power to shake the foun­da­tions of ideas and at­ti­tudes and that is worth ex­plor­ing more than set­ting out to shock with your ma­te­rial. Which means not hit­ting on weak peo­ple. Some of the more ‘shock­ing’ type of comics do have work which is bril­liantly crafted, but it can ex­ist in a moral vac­uum.”

He’s heard it all and more now from his col­leagues on the cir­cuit about his faith and noth­ing fazes him. “On tour you live with comics cheek by jowl, you’re eat­ing with them, drink­ing with them, trav­el­ling in the same car as them. Hope­fully my faith is borne out of my day-to-day ex­is­tence. It is a way of life and I strug­gle – I live it out im­per­fectly. Peo­ple do go on about me not swearing as if it’s a big thing, but there are other ways to shock and awe. I sup­pose I’m dif­fer­ent in that, un­like them, I’m preach­ing to the un­con­verted.”

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