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Heard the one about the top comic who paid for his audience to get home?

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 30, 2012

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SOME comedians might consider Jimmy Savile jokes a bit too soon. Not so Ross Noble. In fact, as Ross brought his wonderfully surreal and painfully funny act to a close, he went so far as the have the now deceased DJ communicate with the living via a suitably exaggerated impersonation of celebrity psychic Derek Acorah.

And this was in one of the more subdued parts of the show.

More a manic stream of consciousness than a stand-up show, Ross, dwarfed by an elaborate set resembling an inflatable steampunk nightmare, flitted between the irrelevant and the nonsensical in an almost dreamlike state of non-stop humour.

The result was over two hours of improvisational comedy genius, intersected with strange noises and impeccable audience interaction.

But the most memorable moment of Ross's visit to Swansea was an unexpected burst of spontaneous generosity.

As two students from Cardiff attempted to sneak out of the auditorium midway through the second half to catch the last train home, Ross spotted them and stopped them in their tracks.

But far from ridiculing them as expected, Ross instead gave them £100 of his own money for a taxi back, so they might enjoy the remainder of the show.

A faultless night of comedy from a stand-up as generous as he is funny.

Mark Rees

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