Ross Noble

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Ross Noble performing his show Noodlemeister in Edinburgh, 2004.

Ross Noble (born 5 june 1976) is a British stand-up comedian, born in Cramlington, England.

Noble has been performing stand-up since appearing in his local comedy club at the age of 15, despite licensing laws that prohibited him working there. Coming from Cramlington, a new town, "the ultimate in dullness" helped him with career, he said. "There was nothing to do so I used my imagination a lot, otherwise I would have started climbing the wall."

Noble has become known as an exciting and original performer and has received huge critical acclaim. His distinctive stand up routine often turns into an improvised and surreal performance based on informal conversation with the audience. He is a former Perrier Award nominee and a Time Out award winner for best live stand-up and has won a many other prestigious awards and nominations.

His 2003 show Unrealtime was the official best-selling show at the Edinburgh Fringe, before transferring to London's West End for a month long season at The Garrick Theatre where it played to packed houses. A recording of this tour was shown on BBC Two in 2004, and a double DVD set was released later that year.

During 2004, Noble performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival amongst other venues with his show Noodlemeister.

He has also appeared on many TV shows in Australia such as Network Ten's Rove (Live), The Panel, and the ABC's The Glasshouse; and in the UK on BBC's Johnny Vaughan Tonight and Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. Noble has also made five appearances on BBC 1's Have I Got News for You and makes regular contributions to BBC Radio 4's Just a Minute. He has hosted Radio 4's stand up show 4 At The Store.

Noble's worldwide travels as a stand-up are the subject of his own BBC Radio 4 series Ross Noble Goes Global, produced by Danny Wallace.

In January 2005 he joined Australian comedian Terri Psiakis in co-hosting the weekday lunch shift on national radio station Triple J. Although the show was intended as a "filler" over the ratings-free summer period, the response to the duo on their website was a lot more positive than expected.

He has recently announced a new British tour, Randomist, which will start in September 2005.

At one of his Noodlemeister shows at the Apollo Theatre, London in 2004, he had laughed during the first half at the mention of 'King's College' ("The College of Kings"), attended by an audience member. He returned from the interval to find that a Kings College mug (containing a muffin) had been placed upstage center. This amused and disturbed him, and provided most of the material for the remainder of the performance. Since that memorable occasion, it has become customary for members in the audience to deposit small donations of food in drinks receptacles bearing the insignia of local tertiary education establishments for Ross to receive in the second half.

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