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Noble prize winning utter bollocks

16 May 2009 / in events, music and gigs

Last night Moth and I went to see Geordie improvisational stand-up comedian Ross Noble perform at Oxford’s New Theatre.

We saw him perform at last year’s Latitude festival and suffered the same happy face-ache then as we did last night. When I say ‘perform’ what I really mean is wander around the stage for two and half hours talking about whatever utter bollocks comes to mind. His performance is unrehearsed, unplanned and largely inspired by comments and heckles from the audience.

Ross was voted one of the top ten greatest stand-ups of all time by Channel 4 viewers: I’m surprised he’s not one of the top three. His skill lies in his surreal imagination and memory; He regularly whizzes off at tangents but he wittily weaves random threads together, returning to subjects he touched on earlier, building on them, putting them together and then enhancing his ideas with mime.

So no two shows are ever the same; last night, for one night only we got stuff about Jade Goody, facts about pigs, politicians fiddling their expenses, his baby daughter, thoughts about Oxford, Inspector Morse, strokes (of various kinds) and a rant about the evils perpetrated by the Pope, which of course I warmly applauded, and much, much more.

If you don’t know Ross Noble’s work, then give yourself a laugh during these troubled times – check him out here.

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