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    The Noble art of stand-up
    Ross Noble
    A very noble Ross!

    Improvisation guru Ross Noble resumes his Unrealtime tour in High Wycombe after a few weeks' break off the road. Kathryn Hearn talked to him about gigging as a stand-up comedian.


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    Ross Noble
    Saturday 8 November and Monday 1 December


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    Although best known for his outstanding live shows, Ross is a regular on BBC Radio 4 with many appearances on Just A Minute and his own acclaimed series Ross Noble Goes Global which follows his worldwide travels as a stand-up.

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    Curly-haired Ross Noble is looking forward to resuming his tour of his stand-up show that's taking the audiences by storm.

    When he launched Unrealtime at the Edinburgh Festival in August it was a sell-out - as are many of the venues he's visiting over the next few weeks before he takes the tour to Australia.

    quoteWhen I was at school, I wanted to be a stuntman, but then I thought it was too dangerous.quote
    Ross Noble

    And it's guaranteed that every night will be different. Ross said: "A lot of my show is improvisation so what tends to happen is the show starts off and then it moves on, depending on what sort of mood I'm in or what I've been thinking about.

    "If I'm in a bad mood, I might be talking about why I'm in a bad mood. I've got a sort of basic script in my head, but then something more interesting might come into my head - like a recurring image or something about the audience - and I take it from there. I like to make it special for the people who are in the audience that night."

    Ross said that he simply couldn't do exactly the same material every night - for one reason alone it would just be too boring for him!! When he went to Stockport for a gig, he found out there was a lawnmower museum and devised a whole two-hour show that day out of lawnmower material.

    The 27-year-old Geordie has been performing since he was 15. "When I was at school, I wanted to be a stuntman, but then I thought it was too dangerous. I knew I wanted to perform, but didn't want to do acting or music so I was set to become a circus performer and then I discovered stand up comedy and I was hooked."

    Coming from a new town (Cramlington) "the ultimate in dullness" helped him with career, he said. " There was nothing to do so I used my imagination a lot, otherwise I would have started climbing the wall."

    quote....everyone somewhere has a sense of humour - unless they're a calculating psychopath ....quote
    Ross Noble

    And is stand-up comedy something someone could learn? "If anyone says they can teach you to become a funny and charismatic person and stand on a stage in front of a thousand people for two hours and make them laugh, then I would seriously doubt them.

    "But everyone somewhere has a sense of humour - unless they're a calculating psychopath - so everyone must be able to be taught to write a funny sketch. Sometimes the most hilarious sketches are written by the most shockingly dull people."

    Ross does not write material for other people though: "If you come up with a really good idea, then I want to have it for myself!"

    Ross Noble is appearing at the Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe, on Saturday 8 November and Monday 1 December.

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