Top comic Ross Noble caused a stir in Northampton yesterday as his free-form show rolled into the town unexpectedly.
The entertainer was filming for the second series of Ross Noble: Freewheeling, which sees him travelling the country reacting to a host of unusual requests from his 500,000 Twitter followers.
On Monday Mr Noble, currently recording series two of the show, due to air on the channel Dave later in the year, was tweeted: “Don’t come to Northampton, it’s &*@t,” which inspired the stand-up to do just the opposite the following day.
The quirky comic spent Tuesday chatting to Northampton folk in the town centre, throwing a copy of Love Actually off the National Lift Tower and even visiting a fan who was recovering from keyhole surgery.
Mr Noble said as he was inundated with tweets ‘talking down’ the town, the point of the program was to try to show its best side.
He said: “The thing that came up time-and-time again talking to people was how friendly the people are here, that there is a sense of community.
“It’s one of those places where, it’s not quite a city and it has a history of shoemaking. But since a lot of that has gone, it needs to work out what it is.
“I’m hoping that when this show goes out on telly, people will see that I’m being quite positive.”
Mr Noble spent more than two hours chatting to passers-by in Market Square yesterday, asking them what they thought of Northampton.
Marie Icely, 29, who lives in the town centre was interviewed by the comic.
She said: “I was literally just walking by, when I saw him there I was just in shock.
“He asked me what do I love about Northampton – and I said ‘I don’t know , Abington Park?”
And Northampton’s premier stand-up comedian even weighed in on the debate on Twitter.
Alan Carr tweeted Mr Noble: “Visit the boot & shoe museum. Have a drink on the Wellie Road! Have an ice cream in Abington Park. So much to do so little...”
Ross Noble is to return to Northampton to perform his stand-up show Tangentleman on Wednesday, February 11 and Thursday, February 12 a the Royal and Derngate. Tickets are available now on by calling 01604 624811.