Ken Longworth | Noble and Barnes heading for Newcastle

TELLING TALL TALES: Funny man Ross Noble brings his unique take on the world to the Civic in his new show Ross Noble – El Hablador.
TELLING TALL TALES: Funny man Ross Noble brings his unique take on the world to the Civic in his new show Ross Noble – El Hablador.

Comedy has proved popular at the Civic this year, with most performances being close to sell-outs.  And that seems likely to be the case with Ross Noble – El Hablador, which has an 8pm show on Wednesday, March 21.

The two words of the title that follow the comedian’s name are Spanish for “the storyteller”, and Noble has shown himself to be adept at that, interacting with audience members and using their words as the basis for a response with sharply funny words that have watchers laughing profusely.

While Ross Noble was born in England, he has spent much of his life in Australia.

He married an Aussie woman and lived with her and their children in a small rural town on the edge of Melbourne until it and all their belongings were destroyed in a fierce bushfire on Black Saturday in 2009. 

Noble and his family have lived in Britain since 2010, but he has toured Australia virtually every year since then.  

Australia also gave him his first television appearances, in a documentary film series about a 26,000km Australian tour on a motorbike – his then means of travelling between venues – while performing his show Fizzy Logic in 2007.

Meanwhile the continuing appeal of the songs that helped make Jimmy Barnes a popular performer from the time he joined Cold Chisel at the age of 17 is shown by the fact that two Newcastle performances of his latest show, Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Man have virtually sold out well in advance.

The shows, at the Civic Theatre on April 6 and June 6 at 8pm, only have some single seats remaining.

Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Man, which has the subtitle An Evening of Stories and Songs, appropriately will have its first show on the opening day of the 2018 Newcastle Writers Festival, as the stories in the show are drawn from his autobiography, which has been a best-seller since it was published last October.

The book, The Working Class Man, is a follow-up to The Working Class Boy, which looked at his troubled early years and also gave rise to a popular show with a mix of songs and stories. 

As was the case with that work, the new show pulls no punches when Barnes tells stories about his life and relationships since he became a popular musical performer in his late teens.

It looks, among other things, at the life-threatening toll of mental health and substance abuse, and how he overcame them, with the help of friends and family.

Civic tickets for Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Man are A Reserve $119.90 and B Reserve $99.90.

Ross Noble – El Hablador tickets are $50.90, concession $47.85. For bookings call 4929 1977.