Geordie comedian Ross Noble admits to having a tendency to "go too far". Startlingly, he even appears to straddle the divide between good taste and indecency while explaining why this is the case.
Noble's motto may be talk first and think afterwards, resulting in looks of repulsion and indifference on even his own face, let alone the audience, but he wouldn't have it any other way.
Neither would the people packed into the theatre to see his new show, 'Randomist'. In keeping with his remarkably off-kilter approach to comedy, Ross Noble revels in a two-hour improvised set, more stream of consciousness than a carefully structured routine.
Despite appearing to open up far too many conversational tangents, Noble manages to discuss the healing powers of garden vegetables (any proctologists in the audience may have been alarmed by his suggestion, though), and myriad ways to liven up hip hop gigs, largely involving nocturnal creatures and air-raid sirens.
There's a sharp intake of breath when he explores the idea of using Muslims as hurdles for talking poultry, but it serves only to highlight that Noble is fearless in approaching conventions head-on.
The danger with such an off the cuff show is that some of the material has the potential to misfire. A ten-minute riff revealing why pigs aren't ideally suited to the world of espionage feels a little forced, but then Noble is skilled enough as a stand-up to make even the most ill-advised subjects seem outrageously funny.
To see Ross Noble performing live is to have your perception of stand-up completely altered - he doesn't provide the most linear of shows, but is always met with feverish excitement, and 'Randomist' finds arguably Britain's finest comedy performer mostly at the top of his game.