I sat down with Aidan Jones on 22 March 2018 to talk about his upcoming 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) show ‘The Abersham Flat’ and comedy in general. Aidan loves a laugh, is a little cheeky and is also direct and no-nonsense in his approach. His honesty is matched by his enthusiasm to tell a story and to take his comedy to the next level. Check out Aidan in ‘The Abersham Flat’ for a show with stories you will not have heard before.
Hugs achieved: x1
Aidan Jones’ maiden Melbourne International Comedy Festival show ‘The Abersham Flat’ is intriguing. I challenge you to read the blurb for his show here, and not respond with “whooaa…tell me more”! Aidan’s stories are unique, unlike anything I’ve heard before and based on reality, which is a key point for him. “Why would I make things up when there are things like that, which happen in the fucking world”?
Aidan’s tale of a conman named ‘Andy’ who defrauded hundreds of pounds from his flatmates, disappeared but was eventually arrested, is not the only bizarre occurrence in Aidan’s life. He wants to assure audiences that his anecdotes of fruits and/or vegetables stored in inconvenient places, “fuck stories” and odd family tales are based of truth. “If someone even gets a scent that you might be lying…they’re never going to believe something as ridiculous as my mum living in the house where me and all my friends thought we had Chlamydia”.
“I would be bummed if someone thought I had a character (on stage). Because that’s exactly what I’m trying not to do”, says Aidan, “I like to try and be very conversational”. Not all of Aidan’s stories are about sex, as he talks about travel, family, growing up and the moments that not everyone wants to talk about. “I like to be vulnerable…when I feel like I’m scared to tell people something, that’s the thing I should say on stage…that’s the feeling you need to chase”.
Do not be mistaken in thinking Aidan is a shrinking violet, he is a self-described “very loud” person and exudes confidence. Aidan has been doing stand-up for six years and is an experienced comic, has run comedy rooms and performed around the globe including Edinburgh, “it was fucking one of the greatest things of my life”!
“I was a writer before I was a comedian. I remember thinking, “this (stand-up) is like writing but you get the feedback straight away’”. Aidan’s love of comedy is clear as he quotes comedians young and old, paraphrasing their words of advice to become a better comedian. “When I first watched comedy… I was like, ‘who are these people? I could never do that’! The reason I started comedy is because I watched the Bill Hicks documentary, and I’m like, I’m 20… I can do that because he was 14 when he started”. Aidan has also taken inspiration from comedians like Bill Burr. “If I ever met Bill Burr, I would thank him for proving that people like me can be a comedian…that you have to figure out your own way of doing it”.
Aidan is eager to share his “unique story” with audiences at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. “I don’t think anyone is telling a story like the one I have”. ‘The Absersham Flat’ promises to cover new ground as well as the old faithful topics of sex, love and family. But as Aidan comments, “there’s always a reason I’m saying something”, as he wants each of part of his show to have a purpose and to connect with the audience. “The best reaction I’ve had to my comedy was to when I performed my show in Portugal. This Irish family were there, and after the show, the mum came up to me and was like ‘you’re all about love aren’t you’? It’s absolutely right, so beautiful. She gave me a hug and I gave her my book. It was fantastic”!
Check out Aidan Jones’ Melbourne International Comedy Festival show ‘The Absersham Flat’ from 28 March to 7 April. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
You can also check out Aidan’s work on his website and his podcast ‘Sitting Under a Tree’. Click the links for more.