Comedian Ross Noble Kicks Off UK Tour In Lerwick
by Alastair Hamilton -
Comedian Ross Noble has chosen Shetland as the starting point for his UK Tangentleman tour.
Mareel, the UK's most northerly arts centre, will provide an intimate setting for his first show on 11 September with space for just 330 people.
Speaking about starting his warm-up tour in Shetland, Ross Noble said: “I love playing in Scotland but unlike a lot of performers I don't think Edinburgh is as far up as you can go. I want to take the show from the top of the country to the bottom and I'm really looking forward to seeing what Shetland has got in store for me.”
Noble rose to mainstream popularity through making appearances on British television, particularly on celebrity quiz shows, which brought him widespread attention. Described as “a randomist”, his stand-up routine is a largely improvised and surreal performance. Although he does often have a few set topics which he performs throughout a tour, he describes the planning for the entire show as “about four words on a piece of scrap paper.”
He'll also be playing to audiences in Lossiemouth, Mull, Skye, and Oban, before the tour hits its first big venue, Eden Court Theatre in Inverness, on 25 September.
These days, Shetland is very much part of the UK comedy circuit, with recent appearances by Bill Bailey, Ed Byrne, Al Murray and Kevin Bridges.