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Overview

THE NOISE NEXT DOOR are the U.K’s premier improv comedy troupe who have taken the comedy world by storm.

The boys are back with a brand spanking new, full length adult evening show The Noise Next Door – REMIX!!! 

Eight time sell-out veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and one of the country’s most sought after comedy club headliners, The Noise Next Door leave audiences everywhere in awe of their lightning-quick wit and totally original comedic talents. They have been performing their own distinctive brand of off-the-cuff comedy together since they met at university.

Taking audience suggestions, the cheeky and charming quartet, transform them into fantastically funny scenes and songs in the blink of an eye with a perfect blend of ludicrous characters, witty one-liners, epic stories, and explosive physicality.

The Noise Next Door have appeared on BBC One, BBC Three, ITV1, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4, they were nominated for a Chortle Award in 2014, and have performed alongside the likes of Michael McIntyre, Al Murray, and Harry Hill. Having received standing ovations in front of corporate dinners, the British forces, secondary school students and even fans at ‘Download’ Heavy Metal music festival, they are also one of the most versatile acts in the business. Unstoppably funny and uniquely talented, The Noise Next Door are the next big thing in British comedy.

Tom Livingstone interview

A self-professed nerd, Tom Livingstone spends his spare time with comic books, fantasy fiction, computer games and dorky movies. Not that he has a great deal of spare time as The Noise Next Door are on tour with their new show Remix and arrive at Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, on Thursday 20 June. Here, Tom (second from right in photo) takes a few moments to field a few of our questions...

The Noise Next Door

Could you start with telling us what people might expect when The Noise Next Door arrive in Poole?

Laughs. Most of all we want to make our audience laugh. We don’t have a big message, we don’t do this to get across an agenda, we just want everyone to have a good time. How do we do that? Well, we take suggestions from our audience and transform them into songs, scenes and jokes right before your very eyes, and we’re pretty good at it according to audiences, the national press and our mums.

How did the ‘Remix’ show come about?

‘Remix’ is a very exciting show for us. It is packed full of brand new games and frameworks for improvising and we have built the show to be as versatile and hilarious as humanly possible. It’s a different experience every night… But it’s always very, very funny.

What do you need from the audience to get the show going? Are there any rules?

Throughout the show we will ask the audience for suggestions for each scene or song. Sometimes we might even get someone up on stage to help! But we don’t want to bully our audience… It’s all about everybody having fun. Rules?! Absolutely not. Anything goes. We get all sorts of amazing suggestions from our audiences and they surprise us on a nightly basis! We once asked for a household object and a very calm man in his 50s quickly replied: ‘A Viking longboat’. 

What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you on the road?

Now you’re asking! I’m incredibly lucky to travel around the country with my three best mates. Every night we get to make an audience laugh, and every day we can’t help but make each other laugh. As with most groups of friends it’s when one of us messes up that makes the others laugh the most. I recently fell in a stream in the middle of lengthy explanation of how good my balance is. I still haven’t lived that one down.

You’re a West Country boy at heart Tom, what’s your connection to this part of the world?

I was born in Devon, went to school in Dorset [The Woodroffe School, Lyme Regis], and my wife is from Somerset! I’m a West Country lad through and through. I actually had family friends in Poole growing up and recall many trips to Splashdown water park, one very windy walk at Sandbanks and my first ever live football match watching AFC Bournemouth getting drubbed by Cardiff City.

How did you start in comedy – were you the classic class clown at school?

That is one valid route in to comedy! Sam and Robin were certainly class clowns growing up. At school I was a CLASSIC nerd. I came to comedy through a love of word-play, story, character… and the fact that I really didn’t want a proper job! I started improvising with the rest of the guys at university and when we graduated we headed to the Edinburgh Fringe with our first show. Over the years, things went from strength to strength. Now we are on our fifth national tour, we’ve been on telly, and we still get to do what we love for a job!

Do you ever find yourselves nervous not knowing exactly how each show will turn out?

Nope! We love that we don’t know exactly how our shows will turn out. It means we are as excited to do them as the audience is to watch them.

Who or what are your biggest inspirations?

The Noise Next Door was obviously very inspired by THE improv show on TV 'Whose Line Is It Anyway', trying to figure out their magic was how we started out all those years ago. Individually we are inspired by a huge variety of comedy heroes. If we had to pick one each? Buster Keaton, Robin Williams, Monty Python and the entire back catalogue of ‘You've Been Framed’.

In a world of limitless possibilities, where would you most like to perform?

In a world of limitless possibilities, we could join an intergalactic mission of peace to perform a gig for the first meeting of every sentient species in the universe, binding them together through the joyous power of laughter... But when push comes to shove, It'd have to be Lighthouse in Poole.

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