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Famed for his inspired nonsense, Ross Noble is now switching to 'real things'. The comic tells Brian Logan why

I've no sooner turned on my tape recorder than Geordie comic Ross Noble unleashes a routine about Jimmy Savile. "Funnily enough," it begins, "I told a joke about him at an awards ceremony years ago ..." On the story goes – it features necrophilia and an appearance by Paul Gambaccini – while Noble's publicist shifts uneasily in her seat. But what else should we expect? Noble's current tour marks 21 years in standup for the 36-year-old, during which he has rarely stuck to the script.

Noble is comedy's great free-associator. Give him a line and he'll show you a tangent. Give him a stage and he'll digress for hours. Yes, there are strands of scripted material – but they're launchpads for his loopy flights of fancy involving snooker-playing pirates, ballerinas blasted by giant fans, and Gerry Rafferty »

- Brian Logan

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