The Noise Next Door: Soundhouse (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

The Noise Next Door: Soundhouse

Five-man improv juggernaut are good fun and infectious

The five-man improv juggernaut host, look after and perform at a haphazard variety club – the Soundhouse. The staff are obsessed with elephants or half woman, half buffalo (that’ll be your audience suggestions kicking in) while the performers – sex-obsessed hypnotist, Australian explorer, Blazin’ Squad-esque boyband – flit from act to act with unrelenting energy.

Noise Next Door are so sharp, with laugh after laugh chucked into the crowd to the point when it is tough to keep up. Sprinkled with in jokes, speedy asides and strikingly specific Harry Potter references, their schtick is genuinely good fun and infectious to boot. A quick-fire segment does fall a bit flat – the troupe’s improv is best showcased within a slow build-up to big payoffs, rather than jokes for jokes’ sake, but their knack for dealing with problematic audience members secures their quick wit prowess. Their songs are spot on and the guys reek of charisma – when they get things right, they get things very, very right.

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 26 Aug (not 14), 7pm, £11–£14 (£9–£12).

Noise Next Door: Soundhouse

  • 3 stars

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