Ahead of their show in the Great Hall on Thursday 21 September, we caught up with the comedy improv group The Noise Next Door! On their fourth nationwide tour the group promise an anarchic evening of side-splitting jokes, jaw-dropping characters, and mind-blowing songs. We posed some questions to the quickest wits in comedy – see our revealing Q&A below.

For more information and to book tickets click here.

What’s the best audience suggestion you have ever had?

Kids always give the best suggestions because they don’t have the filter that adults do. If you ask adults for a location, you often get the town you’re in shouted out, or somewhere politically charged, whereas a child will happily scream “ON A BAKED BEAN”. Then of course, you have to do a whole scene on a baked bean.

Have you ever been floored by an audience suggestion?

See above.

How did you get into improv?

We stumbled across it after not having the time to learn a script for a festival. Best happy accident of our lives.

Which comedian has most inspired you?

We’re inspired by a whole array of comedians and comedies in general. From Jim Carrey to John Cleese, Any Kaufman to South Park… Our inspirations are collated from a very wide range which hopefully is replicated a little on stage.

Who is the funniest in your group?

The audience.

Why should we come and see your show?

Our show is an evening of pure, unadulterated entertainment. There’s no agenda, no message we’re trying to send other than just for the audience to laugh and have a great time. You can get involved as much or as little as you’d like – audience suggestions entirely influence the show, but if you’d rather sit and giggle quietly at the back, that’s fine too. Either way, you’ll laugh, and that’s a guarantee.

How do you warm up ready for a show?

Napping, eating or coffee drinking are our main warm up routines. Preferably in that order.

If you could hand-pick an audience, who would be in the front row? (Alive or dead, celebrity or non-celebrity)

People who are there to laugh and have a great time. Or Jesus, because Jesus coming back to earth during one of our shows would be a real PR coup.

The Noise Next Door will be performing in the Great Hall on Thursday 21 September. To find out more and to book tickets, please visit the webpage

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