Geordie Stand-Up Ross has been performing since he was smuggled in to his local comedy club at the age of 15. Licensing laws meant that immediately after his slot he had to leave through the kitchen – but he has never looked back.
In the years since, Ross has become known as a truly exciting and genuinely original performer and has received huge critical acclaim. He is a former Perrier Award nominee, Barry Award, and Time Out award winner for best live stand-up, and has won a shed load of other prestigious awards and nominations.
Since August 1999 Ross has unveiled a new show each year, following that years classic Perrier award nominated ‘Laser Boy’, with ’Chickenmaster‘ (2000 – 2001), ‘Slackers Playtime‘ (2001 – 2002), ‘Sonic Waffle‘ (2002 – 2003), ‘Unrealtime‘ (2003 – 2004), ‘Noodlemeister‘ (2004 – 2005), ‘Randomist‘ (2005-2006), ‘Fizzy Logic’ (2006 – 2007) and ‘Nobleism’ (2007). Ross is currently touring the UK with his new show ‘Things’ having toured Australia earlier in the year.
Each year and each show has seen Noble’s live following grow to the point where he has been the best-selling show at both the Edinburgh Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival on more than one occasion. His shows have transferred to London and Sydney each year since 2003 and venues have grown in size to accommodate his ever-growing audience.
Ross Noble is now perhaps the most successful cult comedian of our time, with a loyal fanbase derived largely from the ‘word-of-mouth’ recommendations of those having seen him perform live.
Ross chooses to rarely be seen on TV and rejects most offers, essentially because he is always touring, which he prefers to the idea of any scripted performances. Exceptions over the past years include (in Australia) ‘Thank God You’re Here’, ‘Rove Live‘, ‘The Panel‘, and ‘Spicks and Specks’ and (in the UK) on ‘Friday Night With Jonathan Ross‘, ‘Room 101′, and ‘Jack Dee Live at the Apollo.’ In spring 2007 Ross featured in Channel 4 Televisions ‘Worlds 100 Greatest Stand-Up’s’ with the audience vote placing Ross 10th.
Ross has also made about 7 guest appearances on BBC 1′s ‘Have I Got News For You‘, and makes regular contributions to BBC Radio 4′s ‘Just a Minute‘ and ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue‘. In Australia he regularly guests on ABC Radio and other networks whenever he’s available and asked.
Ross’ worldwide travels as a stand-up have been the subject of his own BBC Radio 4 series ‘Ross Noble Goes Global‘. The entire first and second series of this program can be heard by following the links on http://www.rossnoble.co.uk/clips/downloads and both are now available on BBC Audio Books double CD’s.
Following the success of those shows, BBC Radio 4 commissioned a new 4 x 30′ series ‘Ross Noble On’ (recorded in the UK, Sept/Oct 2006) which aired from January 2007, with a repeat airing from 11th July.
Earlier recordings of Ross live exist on ‘The Official Bootlegs Part 1′ (Brighton UK, 2001), and ‘The Official Bootlegs Part 2′ (Leeds UK, 2003). Just 2000 of each of these limited edition titles were produced and have long since sold out and been deleted, making them sought after collectors items on eBay.
Ross has become known for the massive amount of material he includes on his DVD’s and therefore all feature classic live shows and discs packed with extra’s including additional full length performances, commentaries, backstage footage, subtitles, games, and trivia.
Three one hour long films from these were acquired by Channel 4 in the UK and shown during the summer/autumn 2005, starting with the classic ‘Ross Noble Live at Regents Park‘ on August 27th. Followed by ‘Unrealtime’ (first shown on BBC2 Jan 2005) and ‘Sonic Waffle’.
Noble’s 2005 show ‘Noodlemeister’ was filmed at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre but has yet to be released in any format.
Earlier this year Ross toured Australia and the UK with his new show ‘Things’ and he is currently performing this show in the West End, London at the Apollo Theatre until 24 October 2009. Ticket information can be found on the Tour page.