Ross Noble is comedy nobility. For the past 21 years, he has been one of our leading stand-ups. Over that time, he has proved himself a comic tour de force. He has been responsible for 13 sell-out tours and seven top-selling DVDs. He came 10th in Channel 4’s 2010 poll of 100 Greatest Stand-Ups.
Sam Wills needs no introduction. His actions speak louder than words. Although he claims it was an accident, there’s no denying that Wills (aka ‘The Boy With Tape on His Face’) has rewritten the rules of silent comedy. He left behind going over and over his lines in favour of scavenging the aisles of his local hardware store in search of the perfect comedy prop. The Boy adeptly blends speechless stand-up (there is a mic on stage), perfectly suited soundtracks, puppetry and extreme audience participation to create a positively unconventional experience.
Lee Nelson is well know as the the risky, chavtastic star of the BBC Three comedy series, ‘Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show’. Given the success of the popular TV show, Lee has made the move from the goggle box to the stage, taking his show “Lee Nelson Live” to all the ‘crap towns’ in the UK. If that wasn’t enough, he’s just released a DVD of the tour in case you don’t live in or near a crap town and weren’t able to catch the show. We’ll be posting a review of the DVD this week but in the meantime, we managed to catch up with Lee for a “serious” chat to see what we can expect from his DVD/tour and what he has up his stripey polo sleeve…
This follows the life of very successful cyclist Mark Cavendish who represents Britain and the Isle of Man with this DVD documenting his journey from a small child BMXing in the park up until the London 2012 Olympic Games. The film more than helps you get up close and personal with the man who handles and controls races with his team. The family man from the Isle of Man who worked as hard as he could to get where he is now as one of the greatest cyclists around. Over the course of its duration, you get an insight into the training, the workload, the problems, the teamwork, the family and then the man that PR has now created to promote cycling and boost its profile. It’s nice to see that the people say he wasn’t naturally gifted – obviously that is a bit of a factor – but to see that all of his hard work is truly appreciated and necessary to become the best in the world. And to see he has the same problem controlling his eating habits as we all suffer.
As it delves into the years of him becoming a professional cyclist, we see him competing against the best, relatively unknown and completing feats that were monumental for him at the time. He started to dominate the world of cycling in and out of the Velodrome, rapidly becoming one of the greatest and a world champion at points. His dominance became expected and he had to continue to live up to these expectations that he carried around with him and he did live up to them for the most part. He turned into something more than a cyclist becoming a sports icon who won Sports Personality of the Year, earned an MBE and many other accolades to add to his trophies. Unfortunately, the documentary ends on what could be the defining year of his versatility as 2012 was a blemished year in which he had disappointing performances; can we see Mark Cavendish bounce back from it?
If you’re into cycling and like Mark Cavendish then this is a must have. If you’re not that into cycling then it is still a little interesting and a nice overview. It could roue your interests in a sport you never paid attention to before although it’s not for everyone. Born To Race was released on the 5th of November on DVD and is available to buy from Amazon.
Comedian Rosie Wilby started life as a musician. Since taking to the comedy circuit she has toured a number of solo shows around the UK and was a Finalist at Funny Women 2006, an national competition which goes on a search each year for the best new female comedy talent. You may well have caught her as a roving reporter on 5 Live and as a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Midweek, Loose Ends and Woman’s Hour.
Last week we spoke with actor/comedian Riaad Moosa, star of the hit South African film Material. The film co-stars Vincent Ebrahim (The Kumars at No. 42) who plays Riaad’s traditionalist father. We spoke to Vincent for a greater insight into this father son relationship so excellently portrayed by both actors.
MATERIAL received it’s European premiere last week at The London Film Festival. Written and directed by Craig Freimond, the film is set in Johannesburg, and stars stand-up comic Riaad Moosa as Cassim, a dutiful Muslim son who works with his traditionalist father (Vincent Ebrahim, star of The Kumars at No. 42) in the declining family-run textile store. Cassim has a secret desire to hone his skills as a stand-up comedian, material he knows he is not supposed to be working with as he is expected to take over the family business. No sooner does his father find out, suddenly life is no laughing matter any longer.