Cast & Creative
Franz Liebkind (from 18 May)
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.
In 2009 Ross toured Australia and the UK with his new show Things followed by a run in the West End, London at the Apollo Theatre.
Ross’s Twitter-powered travelogue series FreeWheeling went out on DAVE in 2014. In this six-part series Ross puts his fate completely in the hands of his 300,000 Twitter followers to decide every step of his journey. Just like in his stand-up routines, Ross throws away the script (along with the rulebook) and revs on his beloved motorbike for the sort of experiences, and meeting the kind of people, that you never normally hear about
Ross is currently touring the UK with his brand new show Tangentleman. The tour runs through to February 2015 and then sees Ross tour Australia. Full dates are available on Ross’s website.