The Noise Next Door return to Brighton
Local improv stars The Noise Next Door have been on a national tour for months but you can catch them in their old stomping ground of the Komedia in Brighton on 15 March and later in June and September.
I’ve seen them a few of times now and have been really impressed. I also got my sister tickets for Christmas when they were down her way and she texted me rave reviews in the interval.
Because improv is what they do consistently – rather than something they dabble with on the side of stand-up careers – they’re super slick. In fact, they’re the best I’ve seen over years of comedy gigs and Edinburgh festival-going.
As with any improv show, suggestions come from the audience to fit into different scenarios. Some are thrown into the mix as the sketch progresses, creating some surreal combinations and making the boys really think on their feet.
I’ve seen them pull together sketches about discovering a degree in a Lidl in Persia and a quest to separate someone from a honey badger using one of Katie Price’s breast implants. The songs they do (a nymphomaniac Disney mermaid moaning about crabs was memorable) are perhaps the most impressive parts of the show as they have to make up rhymes on the spot.
They also do a bit of audience participation, with people (invariably volunteered by their mates) pulled up on stage, quizzed about their family then these characters thrown into a scene with swiftly improvised costumes. And, of course, they set each other up – the one functioning as narrator throwing in mention of a flying carpet, for instance, so his mates get hoisted aloft on a bit of fabric from the set.
I hear the tour show is all improv but the Brighton Comedy Lock In slot usually means you’ll also get a couple of guest comedians who do short stand-ups spots then join the guys in sketches, which creates a nice change of pace and gives you more laughs for your money.
It’s a perfect mid week pick-me-up to get you in the mood for the weekend. Tickets cost £10.