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A weird and wonderful time in comic's company

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 30, 2012

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Plymouth Pavilions, Tuesday only

Ross Noble's tour celebrates 21 years in stand-up comedy and fans in Plymouth were treated to a vintage display of off-the-cuff, stream of consciousness banter and word-play that shows why he remains at the top of his game.

At times, even Ross seemed amused to the point of painful laughter at the things he was coming up with. No script, no safety net, just a flood of ideas from his butterfly mind. For the first 40 minutes or so he worked purely on the audience, chatting to patrons, making comments on their clothes, their jobs and (to the apparent shock of some) their disabilities.

But this was not a Frankie Boyle rant, Ross's strange mind made the quantum leap from being in a wheelchair to endless possibilities – they could have their own Paralympics event... or two wheelchair users could re-enact a race scene from Back to the Future? His random jumble of ideas continued after the interval. "There are so many tangents, I've torn a hole in the space time continuum," said Ross, before pretending to travel back in time to talk to himself.

It was two-and-a-half hours of Ross Noble freefalling through comedy space. Weird, but rather wonderful.

SU CARROLL

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