Multi-award winning stand-up comedian Ross Noble goes on
the road around Britain in these four episodes from his third
BBC Radio 4 series...
for his freewheeling improvisational style, Ross Noble
On provides more of Noble's badly researched 'local' insight,
as he performs to packed houses in Brighton, Manchester, York
and Newcastle. The
result is a hilarious journey across some of the UK's major
cities as Noble explores local themes throughout his live
to this CD collection it's obvious that the majority of Noble's
comedy is made up on the spur of the moment. When he first
goes to the audience with a "What do you do for a living?"
question my heart sank. I was worried that he had turned into
a bad '80s comics. But, being Noble he's never stuck for something
controversial to say.
first gig is in Brighton. Here Noble manages to accidentally
insult several members of the audience. First he inadvertently
implies that a woman in the audience is a dog and then he
mistakes the female usherette for a man - because she has
short hair and he "couldn't see her knockers".
next stop is York. Here Noble pleads for women who have large
breasts to buy a slightly larger dress. He also complains
how his trip to the York Viking Centre was ruined by the sight
of a Viking eating Jaffa Cakes - not a snack he remembers
the Vikings surviving on from the history books. He is also
surprised to see another guy walking around the city dressed
as a Roman but carrying a Superdrug bag - again, not authentic
amazing how many people turn up late to his gigs, but then
this provides a lot of gags for his act. There's the woman
in Manchester who turns up late yawning. When Noble picks
up on this, she yells out that she wasn't yawning, she was
terrified. Of course this sets Noble off on a tangent.
audience in Newcastle seem to have all turned up in fancy
dress there are goths, girls dressed as Noble's pixies, and
even Super Ted. Rather scarily Noble seems to know the entire
words and the song from the opening credits of the Super
Ted TV show. Then there's the poor man who turns up late
because he's been visiting a friend who's been run over by
an ambulance. Of course, Noble can't help himself and, once
he's satisfied that the girl in question is okay, he launches
off on a line of close to the knuckle gags. And, when a woman
turns up late and cheekily asks if she's missed much, quick
as a shot Noble gives her a short run down of the highlights.
Then he stops, turns to the audience and asks: "Shall
I just start again from the beginning?"
series illustrates why Noble is such a well loved comic. Even
when he's insulting people he does it in a playful, harmless
way. Each episode has a selection of Q&As with the audience
after the end credits.
fans will want to add this to their collection, but to be
honest, anyone who has a sense of humour should pick this
great collection up.