A weird but funny night with Noble

WHAT do you get if you cross pop star Beyonce, chewing gum in rather unusual places and camouflaged chair people?Ross Noble, clearly. What else could be quite so strange, or quite so funny?Throughout his show at the Ipswich Regent last night the popular comic just got weirder and weirder, enticing his audience into his warped world as he performed in front of a giant blow-up creature which was part lobster, part octopus, part eagle and part turtle - topped off with four Ross Noble heads.

WHAT do you get if you cross pop star Beyonce, chewing gum in rather unusual places and camouflaged chair people?

Ross Noble, clearly. What else could be quite so strange, or quite so funny?

Throughout his show at the Ipswich Regent last night the popular comic just got weirder and weirder, enticing his audience into his warped world as he performed in front of a giant blow-up creature which was part lobster, part octopus, part eagle and part turtle - topped off with four Ross Noble heads.

During the evening the bizarre world of Noble's over-active imagination was brought to life so vividly that it would not have been surprising to hear audience members discussing with each other as they left the intricacies of Essex pigs running on treadmills (the topic of one of the longer gags), with as much sincerity as if they had been debating the rights and wrongs of capital punishment.

But although the pre-prepared routines which he built up slowly, with numerous tangents along the way, were very funny, it was Noble's off-the-cuff comedy that was the most hilarious.

He clearly still loves to perform and despite his fame and success has lost none of his passion for simply making people laugh through razor sharp and super witty ad-libbing.

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He relished bringing his fans into the fabric of the show, encouraging them to leave him messages and the odd random gift during the interval, and answering their questions in the encore.

Noble made each heckler fit his purposes perfectly, so much so that key audience members were given their own round of applause at the end.

The man in the front row who told his girlfriend he hurt his leg playing football at 4am may have been a pure comedy goldmine, but you got the feeling that there was simply nothing or no one that Noble wouldn't make funny.

From the Pope to snake charming, profiteroles to fridge-freezers, no subject was safe from Noble's stream of consciousness.

Throughout the evening the audience had absolutely no idea where the conversation would turn to next. But as Noble himself said, sometimes the journey is more important than the destination, and last night's trip sure was a funny one!

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