Writer: Ross Noble
Reviewer: Ruth Jepson
The Public Reviews Rating:
This is a statement Ross Noble makes half way through the side splitting opening act of Mindblender, his current tour. A statement made after a five minute, hilariously spot on impression of his competition stabbing someone to death, a tangent that comes up from, well, no one really remembers where.
And such is the joy of Noble. Mindblender, as his previous tours, is a psychedelic mind trip through the brain and out the ears of this amazing but, frankly, very strange comic genius. The show is mostly improvised from a mixture of observations of whoever is sat on the front row, daft things that have happened to him recently, and a hefty dose of random tangents and accidental topic changes. There probably is some prewritten material to hold it all together, but it’s rather like the new glass door in a supermarket – you won’t see it until you’ve crashed through to the other side.
The gags are constant – topics include a Fifty Shades of Grey/ Embarrassing Bodies mash up; Supermarket Tourettes; and a morbid four year old daughter, as well as material not for the easily offended. Let’s just say it involves My Little Ponies somewhere uncomfortable, and a late TV presenter currently causing massive scandal in the news. By far the best bit is a skit on Batman ordering tea and biscuits it has the audience struggling to breathe they are laughing so hard. But there’s no guarantee what the next show will bring. And that’s why Noble is a sell out artist – forget about hearing the same tired joke that have been said in six different ways, half a dozen Mock the Week episodes in a row. He’s all about one off gags that you just have to be there for. And you do have to be there – if he comes to your town run out and buy tickets straight away.
As much as the focus is very much on the ramblings of the Talent, no review of Mindblender would be complete without a mention of the amazing set. It’s an inflatable mad scientist’s robot lab featuring a massively oversized eyeball, robo-dog and various humanoid pieces. The perfect complement to the madness taking place in front. Just watch Noble dancing like a hipster and breaking out the beat boxing. You’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d taken a wrong turn at Transylvania Castle.
Runs until Saturday 27th October