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Ross Noble: Nobleism
Geordie King of Stand Up Comedy Ross Noble is back with a brand new show for 2007.
Known for his brilliant freeform improvisation and highly engaging live shows, Ross is widely tipped and critically acclaimed as one of the world's finest and funniest comedians
Having never seen him before, I was a little worried that his style of humour would simply not be funny, and I'd be left watching 90mins worth of ramblings. How wrong I was. In a word, AMAZING. How he manages to keep going for 2hrs 30+ with just the few "prepared" gags, and the rest derived from a few bits chucked on stage I'll never know. Some comedians sell you short - not Noble. I'll know not to park in an NCP car park next time, as its just too expensive to stay there for the length of his show!
I saw Fizzy Logic" last year and was blown away by it. This was either less fresh or more lazy - far too much reliance on going through the bric-a-brac left on the stage by the audience, some of which was merely leaflets picked up in the half time interval - boring! I would gladly settle for a shorter but more focused set.. However, I have to say that the oat cake juggling was sublime!
Noble's as inventive as ever - this was now the fourth time I've seen him - but I can't help wondering how much better he'd be if he actually worked on and developed a proper "set" of material. And, at £20 a pop, it's an expensive way of watching a comic who hasn't done alot of homework to make sure he's as funny as he can be. It's undeniably clever being able to spitball whole sequences from chance audience comments, but anyone that's seen him will have seen that exact trick performed faultlessly already. When he does segue into some set pieces he's decided to prepare earlier, the transition feels clunky and the material is obvious (a chav in a shopping centre, and a few knob gags). I loved the gig, don't get me wrong, and I laughed a lot, but I think I was just hoping his act would, over time, have developed a bit - there are only so many laughs to be dragged from ninjas and monkeys.
Brilliant set, brilliant show. Couple of people in the audience got a bit carried away but was still superb
Brilliant. The set is magic, don't miss the opening sequence. Noble is his usual frantic, befuddled, interactive self - a great show!