Ross Noble deserves way more attention than he gets. He is one of the finest comedians active right now, and his DVDs have become must-haves in my collection as of late. Not only is he fantastically funny, but because he improvises 95% of his set, no two shows are the same. Because of this, some bright spark on his team decided to fit cameras at most of his gigs and squeeze the 'other' shows on as extras. A Ross Noble DVD can be plundered for hours, and the quality of his comedy rarely, if ever, lags.
So, his latest DVD, then. Usually the phrase 'more of the same' can be a bit of an insult, but not so with Ross Noble, because it means 'to expect the unexpected'. He has his own style, but Ross is extremely flexible (quite literally!), and can move from gross-out comedy to satire to observation to all-out bizarre in mere minutes. No staleness here.
However, there is a quirk to 'Headspace Cowboy': there's no one central show on offer. Rather, you have a 'bumper selection pack' of equal size chunks, from different gigs, each one lasting about 40-50 minutes. It threw me off at first, but now I kind of like it. Let's face it: watching Ross Noble can be an exhausting experience! His usual 2 hour set can wear out your funny fuses, but with this it's easier to dip in and out, making it far more accessible.
The downside is that these shortish gigs lack that...something. We travel less into the warped mind of Mr. Noble, we have less audience interaction, and worst of all, no gifts on the stage! But before Ross fans feel too short changed, I reassure you that this DVD is in no way disappointing. Each mini-gig is excellent, squeezing the best bits into half the time so the laughs come thicker and faster than ever. And don't worry, it's very well edited, so it really does feel like you're just watching cut-free mini-gig.
And, the best quality of all to Ross' DVD remains: there's a ridiculously huge amount of it. Somewhere between 5-6 hours. So don't feel put off by the unusual format: it has a lot of upsides, including all of you newcomers looking for a gateway into this long-haired funny man. This is perfect for you. Basically, whoever you are: buy it, and enjoy!