Ross Noble is a bizarre human being, but in a good way. Most comics have a stand-up set that’s all fully worked out beforehand, and it’ll be pretty much the same every night of their tour, with perhaps a bit of spontaneous audience interaction. However with Ross you get the impression he has about five minutes of prepared comedy and the rest is made up on the spot. That’s been shown on many of his DVD releases, as they’ve included several gigs from the same tour, with virtually none of it being the same material. [Read more…]
Stitches is a very silly film, which may not come as a surprise seeing as it’s manic comedian Ross Noble’s movie debut, but thankfully it’s also a surprisingly entertaining. Noble plays Stitches, a pretty rubbish children’s party clown who we first meet shagging a woman while in full makeup.
He heads off to young Tom’s party, where his lacklustre act is met with scorn by the bratty kids, who decide to play a trick on him. Tying his shoelaces together results in a terrible accident and the clown’s death. [Read more…]
With many comedians, you’ll be lucky if you get a 90 minute set out of them, but Ross Noble is the other way around, as he pretty much needs to be dragged off the stage and gives the impression he’d be happy to carry on riffing all night if given the chance. This comedic verbosity is carried onto this new DVD release, as you don’t just get one gig, you get three, plus a slew of highlights and bits and pieces from other performances. Just the first gig, filmed in Canberra, Australia, is over two hours long, which should give you an idea of just how much is included in this release. [Read more…]
Clowns have a had a lot of bad press as far as the cinema and TV is concerned. Coulrophobia (an irrational fear of clowns) has obviously been fuelled over the years by the likes of Pennywise from Stephen Kings It, John Wayne Gacy (notorious serial killer) and the clown from Poltergeist. And let’s not forget Ronald McDonald – that one puts a shiver down my spine! The image of a clown has been somewhat tarnished over the years and Stitches does nothing to help improve that image – Max Clifford anyone???
So back to Stitches. Comedy and horror is a hybrid genre that generally does not work for me. Yes, there have been a few classics over the years such as Braindead and Shaun of the Dead, but the bulk of these films fail miserably as they try and fuse two opposing senses – fear and fun – together in often disastrous ways. [Read more…]