Ross Noble Goes Global
Series 2

Starring: Ross Noble
BBC Audio
RRP: 12.99
ISBN 0 563 50482 X
Available 04 July 2005

Perrier Award nominee Ross Noble takes his show worldwide - to destinations as diverse as Australia, Italy, Egypt and Belgium - by day and entertaining the locals with his microphone by night. In the first episode, Ross travels to Brussels... a city with a reputation a little on the dull side. But he soon finds out that with chocolate on every corner, a puzzling statue of an incontinent child, and the honour of being associated with the always-exciting Jean-Claude Van Damme, Brussels might be his kind of city after all... Half stand-up routines, half cultural observations, these shows are both a tempting taster of the cities he visits and a perfect opportunity to spend some time in the wacky, whimsical, fantastically funny world of Ross Noble...

Series 2 of Ross Noble Goes Global is extremely entertaining. Each 30 minute episode takes in a different destination where Noble leads us on a guided tour of some of the sights. While walking the streets of each venue, he gathers material for his shows in the evenings. The result is a hilarious look at what it's like to be a stranger in a foreign land.

Amongst his observations Noble ponders on the role of tapestries, lace and the waffle in Brussels culture and starts to think up his own bizarre EU directives - well, since some mystery man in Brussels always seems to be behind the real directives, why shouldn't Noble have a stab at it as well?; in Adelaide he discovers that rooting means something very different to Australians. So when asking a women: "Are you rooting in your bag?" his audience find it hysterical; in Egypt Noble starts to get annoyed with the amount of tacky tourist gift shops, and meets a shop opener who has got the cockney accent spot on... well, maybe not; and in Milan he discovers why you should never talk to an Italian man and ponders why total strangers keep approaching him and offering him handfuls of grain.

If you are looking for stand up comedy with a little something extra, then this release will not disappoint. Informative, well produced and very funny.

Nick Smithson

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