The British co­me­dian’s mind will be off and rac­ing when he brings his im­pro­vised Brain Dump show to The Arts Cen­tre this week­end

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - CHRIS HOOK Ross No­bel, The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast, Sun­day


Every­body’s favourite ran­domist, British co­me­dian Ross No­ble, has a lot of weird stuff backed up in his head – and you’ll want to be there when he lets it all flow out on the Gold Coast this week­end.

Hailed as “the most bril­liant stand-up of his gen­er­a­tion” and “the supreme master of spon­ta­neous standup”, he has been per­form­ing since he was 15 and has gone on to be­come one of the world’s most ac­claimed co­me­di­ans, known for his ex­u­ber­ance, spon­tane­ity and truly orig­i­nal live shows.

The for­mer Aus­tralian res­i­dent is back on the road with his new show, Brain

Dump, and says the show isn’t scripted.

“What I do is go on stage and just im­pro­vise to see what hap­pens, and while I’m im­pro­vis­ing some­thing, an idea will form and in that show I might come up with 20 ideas from im­pro­vis­ing, and 19 will be spe­cific to that night,” he says. “It’s all about play­ing with ideas.”

No­ble says he looks for­ward to mak­ing his own fun on the cur­rent tour, which stops in at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast on Sun­day.

“On the last Aus­tralian tour I had a push­bike ... and we’d find what­ever the weird lo­cal tourist at­trac­tion was and cy­cle off to see that,” he says.

Ross and wife Fran lived in Aus­tralia un­til their house and be­long­ings were de­stroyed in a bushfire in 2009. They now live in the UK with their two kids, aged seven and three.

“I do miss it here, I re­ally do. I’d love to come back but it is dif­fi­cult be­cause I don’t want to live in a city,” he says.

“We’ve got two young kids and I’d re­ally like them to grow up here but, at the same time, where we used to live there were loads of quite deadly snakes. So at least they can play in the gar­den now and I don’t have to worry about rac­ing them to hos­pi­tal.”

Pic­ture: BOB BARKER

Ross No­ble is ready to let loose with his spon­ta­neous com­edy.

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