Ross is one of Britain’s best, and most unique, stand-up comedians. His hilarious brand of improvised comedy has seen him sell-out venues all across the UK and Australia. Ross had a brief stint as a street juggler with a friend, and aspired to join a circus. He joined a clown troupe and sold balloons as a stilt-walker, before deciding to become a comedian after winning tickets to a comedy show. As a teenager, Ross was a member of the youth theatre at the People’s Theatre in Heaton. He was also a backing singer for the Kane Gang. In 1997, he was doing warm-ups at the BBC for Friday Night Armistice.
Ross Noble’s stand-up routine is a largely improvised and surreal performance with a stream of consciousness delivery. Often, a large percentage of his set becomes based around heckles and conversations with members of the audience.
Since starting as a stand-up comedian, Noble has won many awards, including a Time Out award winner in 2000 for his Edinburgh Festival Fringe show Chickenmaster, and a Perrier Award nomination in 1999 for another Edinburgh show Laser Boy. He has since achieved great popularity in both the UK and Australia, where he has toured extensively every year since 2001. Noble’s 2003 show Unrealtime was the best-selling show at the Edinburgh Fringe.
His 2005 UK tour, Randomist, ran from September to December, of which he continued in Australia during 2006.
In 2007 Noble finished his Nobleism tour in the UK with a show in Liverpool on 21 October 2007 which was screened live to 43 Vue cinemas. Also in that year, he was voted the 10th greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4′s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups and again in the updated 2010 list as the 11th greatest stand-up comic.
Ross has made many TV appearances, which mainly take the form of interviews and panel game participation. In the UK, he has appeared on BBC’s Johnny Vaughan Tonight and Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. Noble has also made twelve appearances, the highest number of appearances of any guest, on BBC One’s Have I Got News for You.
Besides making various guest appearances, Noble has been the host of an Australian radio show, and the subject of two BBC radio series. Noble’s worldwide travels as a stand-up were the subject of his own BBC Radio 4 series Ross Noble Goes Global, produced by Danny Wallace. This series, recorded between April and May 2001, saw him recording his observations as he travelled around various countries.
In April 2012 he featured on Triple J for a day where he co-hosted some shows, and played an imaginative game of cluedo, where they found people from around Melbourne that matched the cluedo characters names to come in to the studio and play.
Noble supports British charity Riders for Health and donated money earned from limited edition signed posters together with bucket collections after each gig from his Nonsensory Overload tour to Riders for Health. This raised £42,000 for Riders. Noble has attended their fundraising event Day of Champions on a number of occasions, most recently at Silverstone in 2010. Ross also voiced the Riders for Health BBC Radio 4 appeal aired just before Christmas 2010.
Ross’ reputation as a comedy genius spreads from one corner of the globe to the other–he is a wonderful personality suited to a number of celebrity endorsement needs.