Ross Noble Review
are comedians who walk on stage
with a preset script which, aside from the odd moment or 2, they stick to like
glue. Then there are comedians like Ross Noble where it is hard to tell if he
has any real plan of what he is going to do when he comes on stage. This was
very much the case in Liverpool where, on a stage decorated by inflatable light
bulbs, the Geordie comic delivered a highly improvised set to an audience of
hardcore Ross Noble fans who loved every minute of the madness.
Easily distracted by the antics of the front row, latecomers, people going to
the toilet and an audience member with an unusual/annoying laugh, it takes very
little to throw Ross off track and onto conversations about carpets, breasts and
meat based sex positions. It's all completely off the cuff and, as randomly as
it starts, it leads to Ross unearthing a new catchphrase involving fireworks and
old ladies from Wigan.
Things don't change much in the 2nd ? of the show as
Ross deals with some:- "housekeeping issues", obstructive
inflatable's and a guide dog in the front row, the latter causing Ross to joke:-
"I guess that's why we didn't get more complaints
from this side of the room?"
Despite the un-PC nature of the joke, it showed that Noble was
very comfortable with being "in the moment" letting his show be
driven by people who pay to see him. It is this very skill that make his shows
incredibly funny and unique because you know that no 2 shows will ever be the
The random nature of show causes things to completely run over time, but not
before Noble finishes the night off by opening up the show to questions from the
crowd. More randomness ensued before 1 punter asked Noble about his pyjama like
attire for the evening. It's a bad move from the aforementioned fan as Noble, at
the expensive of the audience member, winds things up for one last big laugh
from a crowd who file out into the cold Bonfire night having spent an evening in
the company of 1 of the UK's most brilliantly random funnymen.