Kim Noble

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Kim Noble
Occupation Actor, comedian, artist

Kim Noble is an award-winning artist and comedian. He was one half of the BAFTA-nominated comedy duo Noble and Silver, who won the 2000 Perrier Award (now the if.comedy award) for Best Newcomer. Kim has since gone on to feature in shows such as The Mighty Boosh, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, and Man to Man with Dean Learner, as well as appearing onstage in his own one-man show. His stage work, by himself and with Stuart Silver, has an emphasis on performance art, as well as surreal comedy.


Noble and Silver[edit]

Kim Noble and his writing and performance partner Stuart Silver first came to national prominence upon winning the Best Newcomer Perrier Award in 2000.[1] Trained in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University, the duo received as much praise from the art community as from comedy aficionados.[2] This work draws together visual art, stand-up, theatre, and performance art.[3]

Post-Perrier shows as Noble and Silver include Pleasance Above at the 2001 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a collage of video, recorded sound and performance [4] and a month-long residency in London's Beaconsfield art space, entitled We're Spending Four Weeks at Beaconsfield, So Let's Hope Everything Goes OK (Part 4) [5] Throughout this time in residence, they performed daily "situational" shows within and around the gallery, which became a live work environment, using a small cast to become a part of the visitor's art experience: from screening a spoof corporate video upon entrance, to altering gallery signage, to preparing and serving food from the kitchen.

In Spring 2001 the UK digital channel E4 commissioned a six-part series entitled Noble and Silver: Get Off Me!.[6] It included an episode where the duo performed in a theatre an intentionally bad act, seemingly imploding as a partnership onstage. This act was performed solely for a couple unaware that they were placed among an audience of actors who were in on the joke, and who were addressed by the act and the audience afterwards.

Solo work[edit]

Noble's solo work as an actor and performer has gone on to include television and stage work. He played the role of Jim in three episodes of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace: 'Once Upon A Beginning', 'Hell Hath Fury', and 'The Apes of Wrath'. He also featured in the Garth Marenghi episode of Man to Man with Dean Learner, as well as the episodes with Merriman Weir and Randolph Caer. He has also appeared in series three of The Mighty Boosh, as Jackie in 'Journey to the Centre of The Punk'.

Kim also appeared as a drunken Santa who staggers around London in the video for Malcolm Middleton's 2007 Christmas single, 'We're All Going To Die'.

Kim also continues to pursue a his career as an artist. His solo work has featured a performance at 2007's Bonkersfest! festival, 'Kim Noble Will Invest in You' at Alma Enterprises,[7]'Considerations for an Island Race' at Whitstable Biennial 2008[8] and a run of shows in April 2009 at the Soho Theatre entitled 'Kim Noble Will Die', in which he discussed his mental illness and suicidal impulses at length, noting his plans to throw himself to his death from Waterloo Bridge on the 27th May 2009. He performed a version of the same show at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival, where he threatened to jump to his death from Edinburgh's North Bridge. As of March 2013, he remains alive and has an exhibition taking place at Market Gallery, Glasgow.

His show You're Not Alone won a total theatre Award in 2014 and was nominated for 2 Chortle Awards.