Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Value for Money Is a Noble Cause; Ross Noble Is One of Britain's Most Popular Comedians. He Chats to DAVID MARK about the Making of His Latest DVD and Reveals How He's Branching out into Acting

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Value for Money Is a Noble Cause; Ross Noble Is One of Britain's Most Popular Comedians. He Chats to DAVID MARK about the Making of His Latest DVD and Reveals How He's Branching out into Acting

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Byline: DAVID MARK

STAND-UP comedian Ross, from Cramlington, has now been performing for 20 years. He is a regular on TV comedy panel shows such as QI and Have I Got News For You, and will make his film debut in a comic-horror being released next year.

His latest DVD, Headspace Cowboy, is available to buy now.

Hello Ross, I'm busy working through your new DVD.

Working through it! I like that. Like it's an ordeal, or a mission. You don't watch my DVDs, you work through them! Are you enjoying it? Definitely, but it's a whole lot of shows. You have a reputation for giving away a lot of material with your annual DVDs. Is that something that's important to you, that fans get value for money? It's important, yes. I suppose it's an advantage of sorts that I can bung loads of shows on there because I don't do what a lot of comics do, which is write a show, learn it by heart and tour it.

I've nothing against that at all and if I buy a DVD that only has a show on it and a couple of extras, I'm not sitting there judging and saying they've short-changed their fans.

It's just that with what I do, no two nights are the same, so I've recorded loads of things and people have enjoyed them, I just stick them on there. People know buying my DVDs means they'll get a few hours of stuff to watch and have a laugh at, or in your case, work through. I want people who haven't seen me to get a better idea of what it's like at the live shows.

So do you have a comic process at all? Do you ever write a show? My stuff's a lot more loose. I come up with stuff, throw it out there, and I might go back to it and I might not. It's organic, although saying that makes me cringe. I just can't put a definitive show on a disc.

You're known for audience participation. Audience participation sounds horrible. It's like I'm putting them on stage and making fun of them. …

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