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The Noise Next Door. Soho Theatre.

| Comedy | 29/10/2014

The Noise Next Door: The Noise Are Back In Town.

Making things up is easy. Look, spludgefunkle. I just made up a word. The word, in case you missed it, is spludgefunkle.

  1. What does spludgefunkle mean?
  2. How do you pronounce spludgefunkle?
  3. Use spludgefunkle in a sentence.


  1. It’s funny and therefore it doesn’t necessarily need to mean anything.
  2. You can pronounce it however you want to pronounce it.
  3. This review is complete and utter spludgefunkle.

The point I’m trying to make, in a rather roundabout way, is that making things up can be fun. I guess what I’m also trying to say is that improvisation should be celebrated because, and not despite, of its total disregard for cohesion and logic. “Improv-comedy” is silly, and silly is good. A world without silliness is a world not worth living in.

Silliness sits at the beating heart of comedy, and The Noise Next Door deliver this beating heart of silliness on a plate made of soft cheese (because, let’s face it, a plate made of soft cheese would be really silly). The boys really are great physical performers, with knack for stretching elastic hilarity from even the naffest of audience suggestions.

The bits that don’t work are, more often than not, due to a weak shout from the Saturday-night crowd. Saying that, these lads are always willing to try and squeeze tasty juice from even the mouldiest of oranges and for that, we should applaud them. Their innate desire to make people laugh is highly infectious and, without wanting to sound too soppy, also kind of heart-warming.

There are a lot of snobs out there who view this particular strand of comedy as nothing more than a sub-genre, a drama school game that somehow became a “thing”. To those people I say this; it got popular for a reason. Improvisers give audience members the chance to join in the creative process, and witness exclusive performances of far-fetched ideas.

Of course, it doesn’t always work but that’s all part of the fun. We, the audience, are “jamming” with comedians and seeing if we can cook up a storm. The actors are the puppets, and we are the puppet masters commanding them to perform outlandish narratives for our own amusement. It’s this direct relationship between the viewed and the viewer that make this such an enjoyable comedic form.

If you’ve never been to a show like this before, let me just say that The Noise Next Door are one of the best improv acts I’ve ever seen. Something this much fun, for just over ten pounds, you couldn’t make it up!

By Jack Clayton (@BilboTalk).

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