Archive | December, 2010

The Velvet Onion 2011 Calendar

30 Dec

© Paul Holmes / The Velvet Onion

The Velvet Onion is proud to bring you its own 2011 calendar!

In lieu of an official Boosh calendar on sale this year, we decided it’d be a great idea to offer up an alternative to that rubbish one your nan got you, and make a fully fledged 12-month calendar for you to download, print off and stick on your wall.

As such, we’ve recruited some of the greatest names in Booshdom, alongside some truly wonderful photographers, and their kind contributions and a lot of hard work have culminated in what we’re hoping is one of our proudest achievements.  We’ve even left you a little space to write down your own notes & birthdays… no stone has been left unturned!

We would like to thank ALL of the artists we feature in front of and behind the camera, and anyone else who has helped make this happen.  These people had to put up with our editor in chief hounding them for photographs until they relented and blessed us with some beautiful imagery to present to you.  So, in alphabetical order rather than order of preference, please love and worship the following:

Paulyne Antoniou, Julian Barratt, Matt Berry, Dave Brown, Zöé Caldwell, Angel Ceballos, Dan Clark, James Cook, Chris Corner, Jimmy Crippen, Sue Denim, Antony Elvin, Suzy Evelyn-Hall, Andrea Fröhner, Rich Fulcher, Andy Hollingworth, Colin Hoult, Kerie Leisch, Alice Lowe, David McNeill, Ben Meadows, Kim Noble, Steve Oram, Dee Plume, Holly-Jane Shears, Gareth Tunley, Sam Ward and Tiger Aspect Television.

Please please let us know what you think of the calendar.  If you print it out and stick it up – why not take a photo of it and send it our way via the forum, a comment below, facebook, twitter, you name it.  If there’s enough interest, we’ll try again next year!

Happy new year to all of our peelers – we’ll see you in 2012. Stay peeled.

To download the entire calendar as png image files in one zip folder, CLICK HERE.

Alternatively, to download each page as individual jpeg files – read on… Continue reading

This Christmastime

30 Dec

© Jackal Films

An all-star cast has assembled to provide the final Jackal Film of 2010.

Mooted to be a long-lost Christmas single from 1983, the short, directed as ever by Jacqueline Wright, sees the return of Alice Lowe‘s Toyah-parody Val Hallah, alongside Waen Shepherd‘s very own Gary Le Strange.

They are joined by the mighty Rich Fulcher, the sumptuous Antony Elvin, the glorious Tony Paul Way and the wonderful Gareth Tunley who together voice an important message we all need to remember during the festive season.

Onion Talking: Dave Brown [Part Three: In Da Foocha]

30 Dec

© Andy Hollingworth Archive

Just in time for New Year, here is the final part of our extensive interview with Dave Brown.  If you missed them, parts one & two can be found in our archives, and the entire interview is saved for posterity over yonder.

We’ve seen that Dave Brown has been very busy during the Mighty Boosh’s hiatus from the public eye.  And whilst fellow comedy writers and performers are struggling to garner attention for their projects in a recession hit industry, what do part-time gorillas and graphic designers by trade do with their time outside the ape suit?  For Brown, the charity work is only the beginning.  Scratch the surface, and you discover a man who simply never seems to stop for a moment.

“I’ve just been doing a lot of work with a musician called James Rhodes,” he states, referring to the critically acclaimed pianist who has recently released his latest album, ‘Bullets & Lullabies’ which features Dave’s design work. “He’s an amazing concert pianist and an incredible guy.  I worked on all the graphics for his new Sky Arts TV show with Nige [Coan] and Ivana [Zorn – who both provided the animations for previous Boosh projects].  I’ve also recently done his album artwork, his website and a load of photo shoots with him, and will hopefully be working with James and his manager Denis Blais next year too. They’re really great people to work with,” he infuses, and continues to explain his position as a designer by trade.  “I’ll always have my design and photography work to fall back on when I’m not In comedy world.  I really do love doing it all, and whilst I’m very lucky to have a pretty versatile life, having your own studio [Ape Inc. Ltd] is also very time-consuming.  It’s hard finding the time to do other things like write and direct, for example.  I need to be more strict with my time!” Continue reading

Peeder Jigson’s The Hobbit

30 Dec

As many of you may be aware, next year sees filming commence on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, with an all-star cast and a mega-millions budget.  Not to be outdone, director Peeder Jigson, who looks supiciously like James Bachman, has commenced the production of his own version of the classic yarn, and roped in Gareth Tunley to create his own making-of documentary around proceedings.

Tunley is one of those faces you’ll recognise, but not quite know where from, having appeared in all manner of tv, radio, film and theatre productions over the years.  Booshniverse fans should recognise him from sketch series The Wrong Door, Steve Oram‘s surreal Lincoln Films and music show spoof pilot The Mainstage (starring Alice Lowe & Rich Fulcher, and also directed by Tunley).  He’s also appearing alongside Noel Fielding in the (hopefully) soon to be released zombie comedy I Spit On Your Rave, and will be appearing in the all-star December Jackal Film in the next few days.  Definitely one to keep an eye on then… and you can see more of his work on his blog and website. 

O’Dowd’s Travels

30 Dec

If you’ve been anywhere a cinema recently you can’t fail to have noticed that a new remake of the classic tale Gullvers Travels has just been released in the UK.  What you may not know is that the 3D special effects extravaganza featuring Jack Black also features IT Crowd‘s Chris O’Dowd.

O’Dowd plays swashbuckling villain, General Edward, a role far removed from the Roy we know and love.  Reviews of the film have been mixed, but why not check out the trailer and decide for yourself whether it’s worth a look?  O’Down can be seen in the trailer too, looking suitably villainous!


© Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Paul Foot Live!

30 Dec

Honorary member of the Booshniverse and expert maker of giggles, Paul Foot, has updated the list of forthcoming live performances on his website.

If you fancy catching him live over the next few months, here’s where you can see him (plus where he’s already sold out, in case it changes your plans):

10th: New Cross – Happy Mondays, with MC Holly Walsh, The Amersham Arms – Purchase Tickets
15th: Camden – The Awkward Silence, @ Etcetera Theatre, London – Purchase Tickets
19th: London – Knock To Bag @Bar FM – Purchase Tickets
21st: Covent Garden – Garden Comedy Club – 38 King Street,
22nd: The Private Widdle Social Club – The Astor Theatre, Deal, CT14 6AB
28th: 2011 Oslo, Norway, Europe (clearly meeting our Aggie in Sweden didn’t put him off the Nordics!)

Plus residencies at the 99 Club:
Storm, Leicester Square: 4th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 20th, 25th
The Wheatsheaf, Oxford Street: 8th, 15th, 29th

© Paul Foot

All performances below for Ash in the Atttic, Foot’s Edinburgh show which was directed by Noel Fielding:
3rd:  Soho Theatre
4th:  Soho Theatre SOLD OUT
5th:  Soho Theatre SOLD OUT
10th: Soho Theatre
11th: Soho Theatre
12th: Soho Theatre SOLD OUT
To purchase Tickets for Ash In The Attic click here

18th – 20th: Leicester Festival, 9pm, The Crumblin’ Cookie, Leicester Purchase Tickets
26th: The Private Widdle Social Club, Kent – The Astor Theatre, Deal, CT14 6AB

8th: Glasgow Comedy Festival – 10pm, Tron Theatre  Purchase Tickets

For regular, joyful updates on and from Paul Foot, why not sign up to his Guild of Connoisseurs?  Or check out his facebook page and design a tie for him.  He’s one of the few comedians who uses new media to properly to engage with his audience, so it’s well worth checking it out!

La La Land Again

27 Dec

© Showtime

We were having so much fun at TVO over Christmas that we’ve just found out La La Land – the American mockumentary series narrated by Julian Barratt – had all 6 episodes repeated last night on BBC3. There’s no need to worry if you missed it, they are all still available on BBC iplayer.

The show is also available on DVD via The Velvet Onion Amazon Store – so there’s no excuse for missing it!

Onion Talking: Dave Brown [Part Two – Drag Queens & Harlequins]

27 Dec

© Dave Brown

Last week saw TVO begin its exclusive chat with Dave Brown of The Mighty Boosh.
Part two of this extensive interview, featuring Brown’s hints at future Boosh projects, the reaction to the Boosh Band’s latest live venture, and working with Rich Fulcher on his Eleanor live show, is to be found below.
The third and final part will follow later this week. Keep peeling to find out more!

The last round of Boosh appearances are already a fading memory. The last episode of The Mighty Boosh, following three hugely popular series, aired in December 2007. The Future Sailors Tour wound up just over a year later, and the boys have only sporadically appeared together as a unit since – yet barring a surprise appearance at this year’s NME Awards, it’s never quite been as the full five-man ensemble.

During that last blitz of activity, the Boosh fan base was augmented by NME readers and trendy teens going wild about this ‘new’ thing.  Could the elongated break from the limelight be damaging? Could the casual fans have moved on before the Boosh return?

© Boots Electric

“It never ceases to amaze me just how loyal Boosh fans still are,” Dave states, “but decisions aren’t made on how long it’s been since there was last a Boosh show of some sort.  The last big thing we did all together was the Future Sailors tour.”

Big is something of an understatement, with the tour taking in around a hundred dates including multiple arena performances.  “It was an amazing experience, but it was also very full on and intense so it was only natural that there would be a long gap afterwards.  It’s healthy to have breaks and do other projects separately.  I can’t say I don’t miss it as they were some of the best days of my life, and I’d jump on a tour bus tomorrow if the opportunity arose but unfortunately, those decisions aren’t made by me!” Continue reading


27 Dec

The post-Christmas sales have officially begun, and there are some bargains to be had if it’s Boosh swag you’re after.

The Velvet Onion Amazon Store is, naturally, no stranger to reductions, with the latest Boosh dvd, Journey Of The Childmen: The Mighty Boosh On Tour leading the way at only £6.99!

Meanwhile, the recording of the show itself, Future Sailors Live sees reductions on all three formats – with the limited edition down to £16.99, the special edition down to £10.99 and the one-disc bare bones release only £3.99!

And if its the tv series you’re after, either to fill the gaps in your collection or as last minute pressies for new fans, you can pick all of them up for under £4 each, or buy the box set for less than £16.

Sales don’t end there, either, with Bunny And The Bull down to £4.49 [or £5.99 on blu-ray], The IT Crowd 1-4 boxset only £23.74, Snuffbox a measly £4.49 and both Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and its sequel Man To Man With Dean Learner only £5.49 a piece.

All of these and much much more are available in our store now, and as a tiny tiny tiny tiny amount goes back into helping this place stay open, we’d love it if you make us your preferred Amazon retailer.  Pop on down now, where Neville Bamshoot has been roped in to help pack your goods.

Grilled Bacon

27 Dec

© Rich Fulcher (modifications by Aggie)

Rich Fulcher is to make two additional appearances on stage and screen this Christmas.

The first of these starts tonight, when Rich will be one of the pundits offering sage advice and wisdom on BBC3’s The Most Annoying People Of 2010 countdown.

Hosted, as ever, by Richard Bacon, the series will air over two nights – with part two tomorrow evening, and will be repeated frequently over the coming weeks as well as being made available on iPlayer.  For more details, check out TV Guide.

Fulcher’s second appearance is even better.  Exclusively to TVO, we can reveal that those of you in the London area can catch him being grilled by comic creations Ronna and Beverly at the SoHo Theatre tomorrow night!

The fifty-something Jewish mothers, played by thirty-somethings Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo, will give Rich some advice of their own on a night which promises to be one to remember.

Tickets for the show, which starts at 9:30pm, are available now via the SoHo Theatre website priced £17.50 (concessions £15.00).

Come Fly With Me Flies!

27 Dec


© Little Britain Productions / BBC Productions

New mockumentary sketch show Come Fly With Me, directed by Paul King, has debuted to impressive ratings despite a critical mauling.

The show, which is the first collaborative project between Matt Lucas & David Walliams post-Little Britain, also featured a surprise appearance from none other than Alice Lowe.

Initial overnight ratings suggest the first episode, broadcast on Christmas Day, was the third most watched program of the day with 10.3 million viewers – only marginally beaten by Doctor Who and top-rated program Eastenders on 11m.  However, these initial ratings do not take into account timeshifted viewing – that is, people who recorded the show to watch it later – so the final figures may Eastenders fall beneath Come Fly With Me and Doctor Who!

The episode is available on iPlayer for the next seven days.

Keen-eyed viewers may also have spotted another Booshniverse face during Doctor Who – as a be-goggled manservant was played by Tim Plester, the writer and co-star of Ant Muzak alongside Oram & Meeten many years ago.  It’s a small world, isn’t it?

Ooh Black Betty!

24 Dec
© Dave Brown

As we mentioned last week, the multi-talented Dave Brown has been talking about his beloved Betty, today on Radio 4. The one off special – Merry Christmas Morris Minor! features Martin Wainwright as he talks to doting owners of what is still ‘Britain’s favourite mass produced car’, as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of the special edition Morris Minor Million – produced to mark the sale of the one millionth Morris Minor. Dave is showing off Betty at around 10 minutes, but do take time to listen to the rest of the programme as there’s a performance of ‘Jingle Bells’ by a Morris Minor choir and you don’t want to miss that!
The show will be available for seven days on BBC iplayer, and is the radio 4 choice podcast.

Mad Tidings

24 Dec

Nobody could say those Boosh boys aren’t Christmas-spirited.  This year they’ve honoured us with not one but two festive greetings (three if you count the fact that 2009’s Boosh Christmas e-card is still active)!


Rich Fulcher has sent the card here on the right to people who have subscribed up to his mailing list.  At TVO Towers we’re always happy to see Fossil get an outing, so we’re full of warm and fuzzy.  And then everyone’s favourite Monkey Boy, Dave Brown, has offered up a heartwarming “Apey Christmas” and a picture of misteltoe and chimps on his twitter and facebook pages.

Sadly no festive greetings from Noel, Julian and Mike, but last year’s Mighty Boosh Christmas e-card (which is actually rather good) is still active – so why not impress your friends with it again this year?  You need to sign up to the Thank Boosh It’s Friday site to access it – and then simply click onto ‘November’ news.  Goodness, it’s as if 2010 never happened!

Xmas Boosh On The Box

23 Dec

For those of you pining for a seasonal dose of Booshniverse, here’s a rundown of the TV that’s worth setting your Sky+ for…

First off there are the repeats of Little Crackers currently airing on Sky.  Julian Barratt’s episode airs on Sky2 at 01:45 on 26th December and 03:50 on 28th December; Julia Davis’ episode next airs on Sky2 at 03:20 on 26th; Chris O’Dowd’s airs on Sky2 at 01:15 on 26th December and 03:20 on 28th December; and finally  Bill Bailey’s episode (featuring the voice of Rich Fulcher) is repeated on Sky2 at 02:45 on 26th December and 18:15 on 27th.  Phew!

After that you can see Rich Fulcher in Unwrapped With Miranda Hart at 23:00 on BBC2 on 28th December.  The comedienne hosts a satirical look at the past 12 months, with contributions from guest stars, one of whom is Rich.

© Talkback Thames

Next we’ve got the final 3 episodes of Never Mind The Buzzcocks with Noel Fielding as team captain alongside Phill Jupitus.   Episode 11 airs on 30th December with Robert Webb hosting and guests Chris Packham, Example, Cee-Lo Green and Andi Osho.  Episode 12, the final proper show of the current series, airs on 6th January, with Frankie Boyle as host and Pro Green, Goldie, Miles Jupp and Michelle Williams as guests.   Let’s hope that Frankie Boyle’s barbed presence will inject some energy into the series finale!  And then on the 13th January there will be a series compilation in case you forget what happened in 2010 through festive over-indulgence.

The brand new show from Mighty Boosh director Paul King will have its first airing on Christmas day. Come Fly With Me, the new comedy vehicle for Little Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams, gets the Christmas hot spot on BBC1 at 22:00 on 25th December.

Father Ted fans can enjoy a special airing of selected episodes of the classic 1990s comedy series penned by IT Crowd’s Graham Linehan on Channel 4 on New Year’s Day.  And then finally we have Noel Fielding and Richard Ayoade as panelists on Channel 4’s Big Fat Quiz of The Year, airing on 3rd January at 21:30.

So, if any further excuse were needed not to venture too far from the sofa for the next couple of weeks, there you have it: your Cristmas viewing wrapped up (sorry).

Apologies if we’ve missed anyone or anything out.  If we have, please let us know!



Digital Rebellion

21 Dec

© Rich Fulcher and

Most of you readers know that Rich Fulcher has published a book called Tiny Acts of Rebellion and hopefully own a copy of your own. Conveniently enough, Rich’s book is now available as an ebook! It is the perfect Christmas present for yourself, your sister, brother and guinea pig so simply go to Amazon to purchase it.

If you don’t have a physical copy of TAR and want one, you will find everything you need in TVO’s Amazon store!

As Fulcher himself put it: “eHo ho ho ho!”

Never Mind The Schedule!

19 Dec

© Phill Jupitus

With the Christmas TV schedules currently jostling for screen space, it was bound to happen: the final few episodes of Series 24 of Never Mind The Buzzcocks featuring Noel Fielding are to be moved from the show’s regular weekly slot.

Episode 10, with guests Charlie Baker, Tinchy Stryder, KT Tunstall and Michael Ball will now be shown at 22:45 on Tuesday 21st December, and Episode 11 featuring panellists Cee Lo Green, Chris Packham, Example and Andi Osho will be shown at 21.30 on Thursday 30th December, half an hour earlier than usual.

At TVO Towers we’re trying to work out if there’s also a final Episode 12 to come in the new year – we’ll let you know as soon as we hear anything!

New Release From Lincoln Studios!

19 Dec

Steve Oram‘s pet project, Lincoln Studios has released its latest short film, a no-nonsense thriller called ‘Lincoln Tiger’.

The film follows a Lincoln-based assassin on his current job, punctuated by a series of savoury snack set pieces.  The film stars newly-discovered acting talent, Tumak (formerly of Carpets 4 less), who the publicity describes as “brooding and menacing”.  Lincoln Studios favourite,Tom Meeten, also plays a cameo.

To view the film click on the image below, or for more information about Lincoln Studios and their previous releases, visit their website.

…And A Partridge In A Pear Tree!

19 Dec

© MG Murray

Steve Coogan‘s 2008 live tour comes to Channel 4 on Boxing Day.

The tour, given the unwieldy name of Steve Coogan As Alan Partridge And Other Less Successful Characters roamed across the UK two years ago, and featured the likes of Alice Lowe and Steve Oram in supporting roles.

On the tour itself, the pair also performed their own sketches during Coogan’s costume changes – which were assisted by none other than Suzy Evelyn of DeadDogInBlackBag fame!  Sadly, the dvd cut out almost all trace of these wondrous moments for reasons still unexplained, but what’s left behind is still very funny indeed.

Channel 4 will air the recording at 11:05pm on Boxing Day.  It may also be available on 4oD for a limited time afterwards, though that is currently unclear.  Check back at this page to find out next week!

Black Betty, Bam-A-Lam!

18 Dec

© Dave Brown

Dave Brown is to make a festive appearance on Radio 4 on Christmas Eve, as part of a celebration of Morris Minors.

The Mighty Boosh star, whose own Morris Minor, Betty, is often a topic of his Tweets, has been interviewed about his love for the cars, alongside other fans of the mass-produced but much-loved classic vehicle for Merry Christmas, Morris Minor!

The show is also set to include a special rendition of Jingle Bells from a choir of Morris Minors, which has to be heard to be believed!

You can catch the show on BBC Radio 4 on Friday, December 24th at 11am, and it will also be available via the BBC’s iPlayer service worldwide for 7 days after broadcast.  For more information on the program, visit its BBC minisite.

Hopping Good Foot

18 Dec

© Paul Foot

Paul Foot is to headline the Knock2Bag comedy night in January.

The stand-up comic, who has become an honorary TVO subject since working with Noel Fielding earlier this year, will appear on the bill at Bar FM on Hopgood Street, Shepherd’s Bush [hence the appalling titular pun] on January 19th.

Also on the bill are Totally Tom, Toby, Daniel Simonsen, Ed Gamble, Flange Kramer and Cardinal Burns.  Tickets are available via Knock2Bag’s website right now for only £8. Get in there!


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