The Noise Next Door’s Comedy Lock-In: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2018
The Noise Next Door’s Comedy Lock-In: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2019
The Noise Next Door: Remix: The Old Firestation, Carlisle, 2019
Jason Manford Presents: The Weekly Stand Up: Online: 2020

I saw sketch troupe The Noise Next Door (Matt Grant, Charlie Granville, Tom Livingstone, Sam Pacelli and Robin Hatcher) finish a very busy day at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2018.  They were a perfect late-night sketch improvisation group to enjoy.  As I sat in the audience, a member suggested that one of the four play a swashbuckler and when they asked where he lived, I yelled out Carlisle (which is my home city).  They then proceeded to act out Carlisle characters which was genius and hysterically funny.  As ever guests were included in the show, which the performance I saw featured Nick Page and Jenny Collier.

I saw them again at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2019 where more of the same enthused.  Charlie have moved on as had Tom Houghton in 2016 and they remained a quartet. A highlight was a song they created from extremely unsexy things suggested by the audience.   By the end of the night everyone was singing Damn, I’m Feeling Sexy!  They were joined by Vikki Stone and Javier Jarquin who were brilliant guests and a great night was had by all. After both shows, I very kindly had photos with all of them and they were great.

After unexpectedly returning to Carlisle for what turned out to be a stressful weekend, I noticed that The Noise Next Door were in town for their new tour Remix.  I immediately booked a ticket, went along and had a great time. I shouted out suggestions from the audience and they were a joy to watch making up silly routines on the spot as a group or performing solo. They were so very funny, and highlights included Robert De Niro as a sheep and a rock anthem about Carlisle which was worth the price of admission. I was cheered up no end and couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

After watching them deservedly appear on the TV show Britain’s Got Talent in April 2020, I saw The Noise Next Door online as guests for The Weekly Stand Up show hosted by Jason Manford in June 2020.  They were brilliant again at making up on-the-spot routines including a story based solely from comments written by the audience as well as producing a rap based on fictitious and historical characters suggested by the audience.

The talented foursome that make up The Noise Next Door are so enthusiastic and infectious with the crowd that if I go to the Fringe and they are on or indeed anywhere else, I will endeavour to see them.

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