the mark of a good comedian is being able to think on their feet
then Ross Noble could possibly be on this country's hottest talents.
ambling walk and shoulder length jet-black curly hair hides a doubtlessly
intelligent and quick witted thinker, who chooses not always to
show it. Ross Noble much prefers to talk about Jimmy Saville and
Super Mario instead until someone challenges him.
popular appearances on 'Have I Got News for You' have introduced
the 26-year-old Geordie comedian and his surreal humour to a wider
audience. On the occasions he has been on the show, Noble has managed
to outperform series staple Paul Merton.
doubts about his ability were dispelled before he was even able
to launch into his own material. Noble walked on to the stage following
an amusing introductory video. Before he could utter a word a heckler
shouted out the word 'tortoise'.
took the seemingly bizarre heckle in his stride and managed to base
a large percentage of his first act around a random word. The reptilian
observations flowed thick and fast throughout the evening.
the rest of his show Noble worked 'off the cuff', indicating how
one of his greatest strengths is his reliance on hecklers to generate
the many digressions that pepper his material.
thoughts and the comments from hecklers were weaved into his own
material. One such example was the merit of using Dairylea triangles
in Chinese cuisine, which was bookended between his own tale about
watching Britney Spear's videos with the volume down and proved
to be far funnier.
with comedy contemporary Peter Kay, Ross Noble is totally emerged
in pop-culture - a self confessed fan of science fiction and low
budget kung-fu flicks, with an unhealthy Chas & Dave obsession.
laughs were fast and furious throughout the evening and it was clear
that Noble appreciated the involvement of the audience.
you like slightly surreal 'off the wall' humour, an evening with
Ross Noble is thoroughly recommended. The 'Sonic Waffle' tour comes
to Salisbury City Hall on March 10th, 2003.