The Noise Next Door’s Comedy Lock-In Xmas Special

It was a raucous night at this festive comedy celebration, as the acclaimed comedy improv group bounded onto the stage complete with Christmas jumpers and yule-tide cheer. Part of the deal with improvising is that the the direction on your sails comes from audience suggestions, with the loudest shouters setting something of an ‘adult’ tone to the start of our night the Noise boys swiftly mixed the obscene with the ridiculous to produce the hilarious.

Skilfully deciphering the different tones of the many groups and influences in the audience, it’s clear to see that over a decade’s experience together of such audience wrangling has paid off, quickly finding comedy seeds from which to explode entire comedic scenes – like a David Attenborough fast-forward forest montage with a red nose stuck on for clarity.

Guest comedians Abigoliah Schamaun and Sarah Keyworth brought their own seasoning to the performance too, with Keyworth’s LGBTQ switch of a regular obscenity a stand out gut-buster and Schamaun’s strong storytelling of a bet with her boyfriend landing with an evil delight.

The group closed, after their own enjoyably twisted nativity telling, with the announcement that this was the last performance from one of the founding members – Charlie Granville. It’s a boisterous one to go out on, but full of the enthusiasm and demonstrable comic skill the group own, playing fast and loose with a confidence that is fully warranted. Charlie’s departure ushers in the return of previously departed founding member Matt Grant, assuring that the shift in cast still maintains the level of experience and group intimacy we’ve come to know and love with The Noise Next Door.

Komedia, 12 December 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆
Victoria Nangle

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