Archive | March, 2010

The Velvet Onion Forum – NOW OPEN!

31 Mar

As we promised last week, The Velvet Onion forum is now open for business!

Just click on the new option above that says “TALKBOX” and be taken to The Velvet Onion forum.

You can also access us via the easy to remember link: – See how nice we are to you?

Over on the forum you’ll be able to talk about all things Boosh –  light hearted chat, serious analysis, or just how much you love Noel’s hair… whatever takes your fancy, it has a place on TVO!

You’ll also be able to discuss the Wider World of Booshdom, talk in a dedicated area for chat about The IT Crowd, and find like-minded souls who are into all that mad stuff you love so much.  And with generous off-topic areas, and the scope for more in the future, we hope to become one of the places online for Boosh fans to be a part of.

So keep peeling and join in the interactive oniony treats.

See you there!


Barratt in La La Land

31 Mar

Julian Barratt is lined up to be the narrator of La La Land when it airs in the UK.

The cult US TV show, La la Land is being remade for broadcast in the UK on BBC3 and DVD, according to comedy writer and performer, Marc Wootton. Wootton features in the US TV show, but has said that the UK version will differ from its US parent.

Sadly that’s all we’ve been able to find out for now, but as soon as we hear any more about the plans for Barratt’s silky northern tones, we’ll let you know.

Thanks to Becky for this story.

Cool As Mustard

30 Mar

© Channel 4

Comedy magazine Mustard are offering an exclusive print that is to feature in the forthcoming series of The IT Crowd, as a wallpaper download on their website.

Mustard have a long relationship with The It Crowd – having been featured in the show itself, getting a song written about them by Matt Berry and even being the source of Graham Linehan’s Twitter avatar!

After seeing writer Linehan’s appeal for geeky items to fill the office set, their team offered a variation on a previous issue’s front cover, detailing the work of comic book author Alan Moore – and one which Roy was previously seen to be reading in publicity stills for the program like the one we’re using here.

Impressed, Graham chose to include it on the walls of Roy, Moss and Jen’s basement dwellings for the fourth series of the show – which is due to return in May.

Now Mustard are offering it as a download via their website.  Click here to download it, and geek up your own office a little.

Boosh Movie Director Confirmed?

29 Mar

© Ernesto Ruscio / Getty Images Europe

The Mighty Boosh may have lined up their regular collaborator Paul King for directorial duties on their forthcoming movie, according to The Times.

There was little doubt that King, who directed all three seasons of the tv series and their last two live tours would  be in the running for a return to the Boosh fold.

But with his star in the ascendent thanks to Bunny And The Bull and the forthcoming Paddington Bear movie, there was a strong possibility Paul would be fully booked up when the time came to film.

However, in an interview today with The Times to promote Bunny…, King commented on the progress of the film, and his hopes to fill the director’s chair.

Julian and Noel are up and running in writing for The Mighty Boosh film that I hope I may direct. I hope they succeed in writing the great script that I know they’re capable of writing. I don’t see why that should spell the end for the Boosh. I don’t think they’ve outstayed their welcome. They’ve been doing it for long enough now and they don’t seem to be running out of ideas. I think most people think that because they talk about pop stars all the time it’s aimed at 17-year-old Goths but really it’s got great heritage and a much broader appeal than that. If things go well they could break out to an even wider audience.

You can read the full interview now over on The Times website, and Bunny And The Bull is available on dvd & blu-ray now.

Editors note – thanks to duryea on the Boosh Forum for alerting us to this story!


29 Mar

The latest film in the JackalFilms project is now online!

Birdhandler stars the ever-brilliant Tom Meeten as an egg-eating avian fanatic with a very special creature in his care. Written by (and co-starring) Alice Lowe, and directed once again by Jacqueline Wright, Birdhandler is another fine treat from JackalFilms – and had me in hysterics within minutes. There’s a great little twist and cameo appearance at the end, and Alice sure knows how to gurn with the best of ’em!

Watch it below, and check out the other JackalFilms projects on their website.

Onion Talking: Holly-Jane Shears

29 Mar

© Sarah Maher

Holly Jane Shears is one half of electropop duo DeadDogInBlackBag, together with her partner in crime Suzy Evelyn. She’s also a member of spoof Madchester band Wingnut, together with Steve Oram & Tom Meeten, and regularly plays as part of prog-folk band Circulus alongside Antony Elvin.

With DeadDogInBlackBag set to support Robots In Disguise on the Brighton leg of their UK tour on April 8th, {tickets here} we caught up with the lovely Ms Shears, to find out a little bit more about her work, collaborating with Rich Fulcher and her cameo on The Mighty Boosh, as well as a little bit more about the lady herself: from her obsession with long dead historical royalty to life in the wonder of Michael’s Garden.

Here, then, are her onion peelings.

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Moose tonight: line-up change

29 Mar

Walkabout's DownUnder Bar, tonight's venue

We wanted readers of The Velvet Onion to be aware that there’s been a change to tonight’s ‘Stand up and Deliver Gang Show’ at the Amused Moose.  Details of the show can be found on the Amused Moose website.

Last week we reported that Noel Fielding was on tonight’s bill; unfortunately he’s now no longer performing.  However, its still worth going along to check out some brilliant new up and coming comedians, and who knows, maybe discover the next big thing. Confirmed names are  JAMES MULLINGER (compere), LUISA OMEILAN, SAM JOHN, JOANNE LAU, RACHAEL FIRTH, SION JAMES, DAN HOY, ALYSSIA KYRIA and special guest MILES JUPP.  Tickets are only £5 and can be bought on the door.

Our sources tell us that Noel did however squeeze in a sneaky gig at the Covent Garden Comedy Club on Saturday night, so it’s still worth keeping your feelers out if you haven’t managed to catch him yet.

Bunny And The Bull – Out Now On DVD & Blu-Ray!

29 Mar

© Warp X / Optimum Films

Bunny And The Bull is released on dvd and blu-ray today in the UK.

The film, directed by Mighty Boosh director Paul King, stars Edward Hogg & Simon Farnaby as two flatmates, Stephen & Bunny. Stephen (Hogg) is a profoundly neurotic young man suffering from a recent bout of agoraphobia, recalling a disastrous vacation in Europe with his friend Bunny (Farnaby).

Bunny And The Bull also features cameo appearances from Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding and Richard Ayoade, plus a soundtrack from The Ralfe Band.

While none of the online retailers seem to list the extras for the dvd or blu-ray, we can confirm the following additional features.

* Audio commentary by Paul King & members of the cast.

* Paul King’s guide to the film.

* Interviews with the cast & crew.

* Behind the scenes featurette.

* Bloopers reel.

You can buy both from all good retailers now, but if you can’t wait to go to the shops, you can order them via & The Velvet Onion Store below.

Order Bunny And The Bull [DVD]

Order Bunny And The Bull [blu-ray]

Order Bunny And The Bull Soundtrack CD

The Velvet Onion contributor BabyOnFire gives her view on the release below. Click to read more…

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Another Portion – Fielding Tour & DVD?

28 Mar

© Such Small Portions

Part 2 of Noel Fielding’s interview with Such Small Portions, given backstage after his gig at Just the Tonic on 12th March is now up on youtube.

The interview offers some fascinating insights into Noel’s approach to comedy writing, and provides some pointers as to possible future plans for his solo material.  Says Noel,  “I’m waiting for that moment when I’ve got  6 months and I can go: right, 3 months solid gigs, then a 3 month tour that’s amazing, then film it….make an album and a DVD.  Then go ‘here you go, I did that'”.

Visit the Such Small Portions website here, once you’ve checked out the interview below.

To see part one, see an earlier peeling.

“Helllllo Australia!”

27 Mar

Last night Rich Fulcher kicked off his Australian tour as Eleanor the Tour Whore with a show in Melbourne.  Friend of the Velvet Onion, ‘Jacq of Clubs’ was there to witness the mayhem and has sent us this report:

“From the moment she runs onstage, Eleanor the Tour Whore has you. It’s a strange measure of the man within the woman but Eleanor just works, moving from one bout of lunacy to another.

I have to admit that when I went I fully expected to be shouted at amongst something a bit pell-mell.  But last night’s show has certainly shown me just how professional the boys are, regardless of how crazy they appear. They’ve made ridiculousness an art, and last night was a wonderful example. Rich knows how to work the stage and script and this, in between fits of laughter, becomes obvious once you’re in Eleanor’s boudoir and shackled to the chairs.

How well the show went down as a whole is a mark of the amount of work that has been put in by Rich, Dave and everyone else behind the scenes. Rich took us through the ups and downs of his foxy siren Eleanor, with anecdotes that had me in tears, and everyone else cackling away.  Eleanor is a woman who knows who she is and struts it across the stage, throwing it in your face and dragging it out through your ears – and you don’t care. You can tell from the first few moments that this is what Rich Fulcher loves and he does it well. The persona takes over and he just doesn’t mind. It’s clear he loves it and bloody well so do we.

While things got out of hand a little, (The Q&A in particular, where a man at the back needed to know how good Howard is in the sack), I know that over the weeks the show continues it’s only going to get even more insane, and I’d love to go back and see it again towards the end just to see where the smexy Gag Hag has taken it. It’s a fantastic show, celebrating the glory that is our favourite Tour Whore with Rich strutting his stuff, Dave Brown at the helm and enough wine to last through all the anecdotes they can give. It’s a show that for an Aus who hasn’t been Booshed live before.  I can’t recommend any higher – and it’s not just deprivation talking.

Let Eleanor touch you inappropriately, I guarantee you’ll enjoy it.”

Rich Fulcher brings An Evening With Eleanor The Tour Whore to the Victoria Hotel, Melbourne, until April 18th.  Tickets for the remaining shows are still on sale.  To buy them, click here.

The Velvet Onion Forum – Coming Soon!

27 Mar

April 1st is, perhaps, best known as a day of pranks and hoaxes.

One thing you can rely on happening that day, for real, is the launch of The Velvet Onion forum.

We’re fine tuning the last details of the forum ready for launch as you read this – and from this Thursday, you’ll be able to click on the new option above that says “TALKBOX” and be taken to The Velvet Onion forum.  Here you’ll be able to talk about all things Boosh –  light hearted chat, serious analysis, or just how much you love Noel’s hair… whatever takes your fancy, it will have a place on TVO!

You’ll also be able to discuss the Wider World of Booshdom, have a dedicated area for chat about The IT Crowd, and find like-minded souls who are into all that mad stuff you love so much.  And with generous off-topic areas, and the scope for more in the future, we hope to become one of the places online for Boosh fans to be a part of.

So don’t be a fool – pop on back here on April 1st and join in the interactive oniony treats.

See you there!

C4 On C4

26 Mar

© Universal Pictures / Channel 4

Channel 4’s Comedy Gala, which takes place next week at the 02 Arena, has confirmed broadcast and dvd release dates at last.

The show, which features Noel Fielding and a host of other big name comedians – including Alan Carr, Bill Bailey, Jason Manford, Lee Evans, Rich Hall, Catherine Tate, Andy Parsons and Rob Brydon amongst others – takes place on March 30th in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. Tickets are still available here.

Meanwhile, on Easter Monday [April 5th], Channel 4 will broadcast a 2 hour edit of the show at 9pm, according to Radio Times.

If you like what you can see, you can buy the dvd, in aid of Great Ormond Street, from April 26th.

Pre-order the dvd from via the Velvet Onion store right here: Channel 4’s Comedy Gala [DVD].

Beloved Whore

26 Mar

© Jim Lee

Rich Fulcher‘s alter-ego Eleanor The Tour Whore appeared at the opening of Melbourne International Comedy Festival last night to great responses.

Eleanor’s show, directed by Dave Brown and featuring a cameo video appearance by Tom Meeten, appears at the festival for the next few weeks, 6 days a week (excluding Mondays) until April 18th.

You can buy remaining tickets here.

In other news, Rich has updated the videos section of his new-look website. You can see all sorts of Fulcher-featuring clips, including the one-off pilot Golf War, on his site here.

Lizzie & Sarah For Sale!

26 Mar

© Baby Cow Productions / BBC

Time for a Velvet Onion EXCLUSIVE – Lizzie & Sarah will soon be available for purchase via iTunes.

The pilot, written by and starring Julia Davis and Jessica Hynes, was broadcast on BBC2 last weekend to rave reviews despite its ridiculously late timeslot.  As we reported at the time, the black comedy was given heavy celebrity endorsement over on Twitter, with the likes of Noel Fielding, Dave Brown, Peter Serafinowicz, Chris O’Dowd, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and many more urging their followers to watch.

It’s popularity has led to its makers, Baby Cow, to offer the full episode for download on iTunes, hopefully on Monday – though this may be delayed until Tuesday.

The price?  A measly £1.89.

What better way to show the BBC there’s an audience for this show than to give less than £2 to own a copy?  Strong sales could boost its chances of going to series.  We’ll hopefully be able to provide you with a pre-order link later this weekend.  Keep peeling the Onion to find out more.

If you’ve not seen it yet (why not?), you can catch it on iPlayer until the early part of Sunday morning.

The Shaman Of Oz

25 Mar

Mike Fielding will be DJing his way around Australia in May.  Hopefully some of our readers in the Southern hemisphere can catch him at the decks and report back.  Dates are as follows:

SYDNEY: Fri 21st May
Sosueme @ Qbar, 44 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

BRISBANE: Sat 22nd May
Lick It @ The Zoo, 711 Ann Street, The Valley, Brisbane

GOLD COAST: Sun 23rd May
Dirty Sunday @ Titanium Bar, 30-34 Ferny Avenue Surfers Paradise

MELBOURNE: Friday 28th May
The Esplanade Hotel, 11 The Esplanade St Kilda

PERTH: Saturday 29th May
Knowledge @ Shape, 237 Hay St East Perth

There’s more information available here.

At this stage we recommend contacting the venues direct for ticket enquiries; of course if we hear about a central ticket agent, we’ll let you know.

Thanks to ‘goldfish’ for this information.

Further Fielding

25 Mar

© Mog

It’s like buses, isn’t it?

You wait years for a Fielding stand-up show….and now this!

The latest gig to be announced takes place at the Union Chapel in Islington, London on 10th April.

Tickets are available from £17.50, and can be bought via Ticketweb and SeeTickets.

Onion Talking: Hayden Black

24 Mar

© Hayden Black

As promised a couple of days ago, we now have an exclusive interview with the lovely Hayden Black of Goodnight Burbank and Abigail’s Teen Diary fame.

To find out more about working with the likes of Rich Fulcher and Nichelle Nichols, where he would go in his own personal space cab, and what the future holds for his new project The Cabonauts, read on…

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TCT: The Big Gig Review

24 Mar

© Annat. Hosted by The Velvet Onion.

After weeks of not-so-secret warm-up gigs and a day of promotional interviews, Noel Fielding finally performed as part of a star studded line-up at the Royal Albert Hall last night, in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.  The event will undoubtedly be covered in due course by  the usual journalists and press photographers, but here at The Velvet Onion we prefer the personal approach – and I was lucky enough to be on hand to watch Noel perform.

Tonight I observed ‘comedy conditioning’ in action.  But unlike Pavlov’s salivating dogs and ringing bells, this conditioning demonstrated the effect that a series of similar comedians have on an audience’s ability to process something different.  Noel’s appearance came two-thirds of the way through an evening which largely consisted of men in suits with observation/punchline gags.  Some of them were genuinely hilarious (Rich Hall, Kevin Bridges, Rhod Gilbert, who admittedly wasn’t wearing a suit, but bear with me) and some of them weren’t (Jimmy Carr, Tommy Tiernen…although to be fair much of the audience seemed to appreciate his 1970s sexist humour), but by the time Noel came on stage the audience were so used to laughing at men in jackets talking about everyday events and handing out punchlines, a butter-haired whimsy sprite bouncing around the stage in a boiler suit required a bit too much processing for some.

© Annat. Hosted by The Velvet Onion.

Noel was fun, he was engaging and energetic – and he got laughs, but he didn’t quite weave the magical spell over the audience that I’ve seen him do at some of his recent warm-ups.  He was so different from what came before and after him (in content, style, image…everything) that he seemed to leave some people behind.   To fully appreciate Noel’s comedy you need to let go, ride with it and see where the journey takes you, and I don’t think this audience were in that mindset.  Furthermore the time limit imposed on the acts worked against Noel’s meandering approach.  His stories are a bit like complex wines – it helps if you (and he) have time to savour them for a while to fully explore and appreciate the different aspects of each one.  Personally speaking I think Noel’s at his best in smaller venues where the intimacy creates the feeling that you’re going on a secret, magical ride together; a slightly shambolic family of like-minded freaks.

The majesty and scale of the Albert Hall, while impressive, creates distance – it’s much more obviously them on the stage and us in the seats.  We spectate rather than participate.  By contrast, Noel’s humour requires that you immerse yourself in it to get the most out of it – you need to feel his metaphorical hand in your hand, drawing you in.  Clearly more problematic in a grand, cavernous 5000+ capacity venue!

Overall then, a mixed evening.  Some brilliant comedians, some less impressive, Noel was good but not at his absolute best.  But more importantly than all of that is how much TCT will have benefitted from this weeks’ series of gigs. A lot.  At the end of the day that’s really what this is all about.

Hot Brew Warm Up

24 Mar

© Jimmy Crippen

Hot Brew, the folk duo created by Alice Lowe and Antony Elvin, are to play two live shows in May.

We told you about the previously announced show at The Fix, Camden Head on May 21st late last week.

Now an earlier gig for the spoof, vegetable obsessed pagan folkies Oona & Crispin Wheatflake has been revealed at Paradise Bar, Kilburn on May 5th.

For more info on all things Hot Brew, visit their Facebook page.

And if you have no idea what we’re going on about – click here to watch the comedy short Roots from Jackal Films. Tis a hoot.

Gala Whore

24 Mar

Rich Fulcher will appear at the Gala opening of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival tonight, to launch Eleanor The Tour Whore onto the unsuspecting public of Melbourne.

The event has long since sold out, but tickets are available for Eleanor’s four week residency which begins next week at the Victoria Hotel, Melbourne.

The show, An Audience With Eleanor The Tour Whore has received rave reviews after its Adelaide run earlier this month.  Directed and co-written by Dave Brown, who has flown out to Australia to help his Boosh cohort stage the show, it features a video cameo from one Tom Meeten, and by all reports from Australian Boosh fans, and Londoners lucky enough to catch the recent previews, its a glorious evening with the groupie legend.

Tickets for the shows are available right here.


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