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TV Preview: Ross Noble: Freewheeling, Dave

Every comedian gets the TV series they deserve. Grumpy stand-ups get sitcoms in which they play grumpy versions of themselves. Snappy stand-ups get shiny floor comedies.

And so master improvisor Ross Noble, who goes onstage not really knowing what is going to happen, gets Freewheeling, literally a comedy roadshow – he hits the tarmac on his motorbike in search of fun, with fans on Twitter pointing him in various unexpected directions.

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Interview: Ross Noble

A favourite at the Edinburgh Fringe and a vigilant stand-up gigger, Ross Noble has previously admitted to planning entire shows around "about four words on a scrap of paper." It's hardly surprising then, that his foray into television takes a similarly unstructured form. He merges the conventions of spontaneous comedy with the massive network for randomness that social media has to offer. Noble's broadcasting brainchild is Freewheeling; "It's a show that doesn't have a format, we make it up as we go along," he explains.

Live Review: Ross Noble, Eventim Apollo, W6

Ross Noble is all set to have a busy 2015. In May he joins the cast of the touring production of The Producers, playing pigeon-fancying Franz Liebkind. When this was announced I asked Noble if he was going to have to get his hair cut. Luckily, he pointed out, Liebkind wears a helmet. He also happens to ride a motorbike, which is another thing that appealed to Noble about the part. Jason Manford and Phill Jupitus are also in the cast, so it ought to be a laugh a minute offstage as well as on.

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News: Ross Noble Joins Jason Manford in The Producers

King of improvisational comedy Ross Noble will make his musical theatre debut in the 2015 UK Tour of The Producers.

Noble joins the cast of The Producers from Monday 18 May as pigeon-loving Franz Liebkind, brought on board by Max Bialystok and Leo Bloom (Jason Manford) to help them in their plot to put on the worst musical of all time.

Book Review: Secret Kilkenny

I thought I was going to be at Kilkenny’s Sky Cat Laughs Festival this weekend, but some of the more boring bits of real life got in the way. I thought I wouldn’t be too bothered. But then I started reading Secret Kilkenny and began to grind my teeth at the thought of missing Cat Laughs 2014.

TV Review: Freewheeling, Dave

Ross Noble is one of those genre-busting stand-ups who does not slot naturally into a Live at the Apollo-shaped box. His flights of fancy have been welcome on Have I Got News for You but he has always been a bit constrained by desk-based templates. With Freewheeling he may finally have found the format that suits his spontaneous, people-person style.

Opinion: Bragging Rights & Superstore Superstars

I enjoyed Billy Bragg's latest album Tooth & Nail when it came out earlier this year and now, thanks to Johnny Vegas, Kevin Eldon, Stewart Lee, Ross Noble, Ricky Grover, Phill Jupitus, Neil Morrissey and Samuel West I've been enjoying the track Handyman Blues again. In case you haven't heard, Johnny Vegas directed the other names mentioned plus the Barking Bard in the video for the song.

Opinion: Is Stand-Up the Toughest Job in the World?

Has anyone tried to attack you while you've been at work recently? Probably not, but a news story today suggests that it happened to Terry Alderton during a gig this week. The Essex stand-up was doing a charity gig at the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks in Grantham when, according to Chortle, someone jumped onstage.

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