Archive: Mighty Boosh

From the Event Guide, September 2008

(Not the?) Odd Couple

By Aoife Barry

Sometimes, it’s the most unlikely of pairings that end up having the most impact. And in the world of comedy, it’s often the seemingly unsuited duos who audiences find they relate to. Morecambe and Wise, Reeves and Mortimer, Walliams and Lucas – all pairings that feature two men who really don’t seem the type that would gel, and yet who do so naturally. In the case of the Mighty Boosh however, this sense of ‘the odd couple’ is one that at first seems so obvious – and yet quickly disappears as soon as your attention is taken from the two men’s differing appearances to the their love for off-beat comedy and their uncanny ability to rustle up ideas in the time it takes some writers to draft just one line.

In the Mighty Boosh, Julian Barratt (aged 40) plays Howard Moon, a jazz-obsessed sensitive soul with a science teacher’s dress sense and the fragile heart of a poet. His foil is Noel Fielding’s (aged 35) Vince Noir, an easily swayed wannabe rockstar who deep down loves his housemate Moon – but treats him like the brother who’s to uncool to have around. At the heart of the show is the relationship between the two men – and their curious adventures to the likes of Planet Xooberon, the Mirror World, and the (literally) rubbish home of the Crack Fox.

Noir and Moon inhabit a world that’s not quite in the same dimension as ours – it’s a world where urban foxes become addicted to illicit substances, where a shaman called Naboo (played by Noel’s brother Mike Fielding) and his familiar, an ape called Bollo (played by longtime friend Dave Brown), share a house with the protagonists, where a crazed zoo owner wreaks havoc wherever he goes (the inimitable Rich Fulcher as Bob Fossil), and where anything is possible as long as it’s within the realms of imagination.

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