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Luxury Gallery, Ooh-Yeah!

1 Aug

Suck my beans! Luxury Comedy officially launched last night, and with Episode Two now on 4oD, there’s still lots we have to share with you as the series progresses.

© Dave Brown / Channel 4

© Dave Brown / Channel 4

For starters, there’s our making of featurette: a rough-n-ready rumble-tumble through the madness of filming Luxury Comedy.  TVO hung around for four very different days on set and highlights from the organised chaos will be seen very soon.

There’s also a competition coming later today, and a few more surprises to come – including our own behind the scenes photo galleries.  But it’s only right and proper that we begin such proceedings with the official photography, lovingly crafted by the incredible Dave Brown and the genius that is Nigel Coan. Enjoy, and keep coming back for more!

Obviously, we’re aware that, given TVO is read in 161 different countries at last count, that a large number of you have no access to Channel 4.  In that case, we heartily recommend you order Series 1 and Series 2 on dvd from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store now!

The Double – Rave Reviews

10 Apr

© Studio Canal

Since The Double was released last week there have been plenty of rave reviews and interviews with Richard Ayoade. Here are a few for you to enjoy:

Digital Spy say “If Richard Ayoade continues in this vein, we could be looking at a director to rival David Cronenberg and David Lynch during their prime”!

The Metro describe the film as “downbeat and tricksy”.

The Radio Times call it “visually arresting and utterly compelling”.

The Independent says “Richard Ayoade’s surreal film makes for twice the fun”.

And of course, not forgetting Mog’s interview with Richard from last week.

The Double is out in the UK now and will be released in the USA on 9th May.

You can now get a copy of the screenplay by Richard Ayoade and Avi Korine from TVO Store, where you can also pick up a film tie-in version of the original story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Darkplace Live!

4 Apr
© Grimmfest

© Grimmfest

The lovely people over at Den of Geek have compiled a ‘where are they now’ about the cast of Darkplace to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show. You can catch up here.
Of course if you are a regular TVO reader, none of it will come as a surprise to you, as we give you regular updates on what the cast are up to these days.

Fans of Darkplace (and who isn’t?), who can get to Manchester, can treat themselves to a live screening of all 6 episodes followed by a Q&A session with Matt Holness and Alice Lowe! The event is on Sunday May 18th from 3pm to 10pm at Gorilla, Manchester.

Tickets are on sale NOW from Grimmfest, where you can also get more details of the event.

Unnatural Comedy Online

24 Mar

© Unnatural Acts

All decent proper fans of Boosh will be aware of Unnatural Acts, the late 90’s sketch show featuring a few Boosh members that was something of a precursor to the Mighty one.

What you may not be aware of, however, is the existence of a new Unnatural Acts youtube channel, which claims to be the “Home of some of the most subversive and innovative comedy acts in Britain…showcasing exclusive never-before-seen footage of comics and material considered too edgy for television.”

They premier a new sketch every Monday at 3pm that shows established acts (like members of The Mighty Boosh) as you’ve never seen them before.

Every Wednesday at 3pm they bring you extreme hidden camera stunts and experimental formats that push the limits of what television can show.

Although the content isn’t exclusively TVO-connected, a lot of it is. For instance, this afternoon’s sketch featured a youthful Noel Fielding snogging a deer (not a goat), and last week he could be found looking at Julian Barratt‘s balls:

There are also videos on there from Rich Fulcher (as Eleanor) and Kim Noble (doing fabulous things to Ikea furniture). To see more, visit Unnatural Acts’ youtube channel or follow them on twitter.

Kim Noble, Euro Rover

20 Mar

© Kim Noble

Back in the dawn of 2014 we were excited to report that Kim Noble would be performing his one man show You Are Not Alone in a handful of European cities in January and February. Now he has extended his mini-tour to a few more locations!

You can now catch Kim in Geneva on 26/27th April at Theatre de L’Usine, in Bern on 11/12th May at Theatertreffen and his Manheim date at Theatre De Welt has now been confirmed for 29/30th May. For more information and/or to purchase tickets (if available) click on the relevant link in the previous sentence. Easy!

If you’re not able to gad about anywhere as exotic as that, you can still see Mr Noble’s short film Pigeon at the FlatPack Film Festival in Birmingham on 30th March.

 

Double Time

19 Mar

© Studio Canal

As the cinematic release of the hotly anticipated Richard Ayoade directorial venture The Double fast approaches, we share news of where you can see it first.

With Ayoade at the helm and Chris Morris, Stuart Silver, Kim Noble  and Chris O’Dowd among the extended cast, we can’t wait for the release. The film tells the story of office worker, Simon James (played brilliantly by Jesse Eisenberg) as his exact doppelgänger, James Simon (also played by Eisenberg, of course), joins the company and starts to take over his life.

The film will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 4th April and limited releases are planned  for the USA, France, Denmark and The Netherlands later in the year.

However, before the official release, preview screenings will be held at Picturehouse cinemas across the UK on March 27th.

What’s more, the Hackney Picturehouse screening will host a Q&A with Richard Ayoade in conversation with Jonathan Ross. Although this screening is sadly sold out, you don’t have to miss out as the Q&A will be broadcast live, via satellite, to all of the other Picturehouse cinemas.

To find a showing near you, and to book, head on over to the Picturehouse website.

And this won’t be the last you here from us about The Double – look out for our review and interview with Richard Ayoade as the release approaches!

Keep Kim Noble Company

9 Jan

© Kim Noble

Kim Noble will be performing his one man show You Are Not Alone at a series of dates across Europe – and the first show takes place tomorrow, Friday 10th January in Vienna!

You Are Not Alone is a provocative, moving and comic production that chronicles a DIY warehouse employee’s  attempts at connection, friendship and a working life. He attempts to leave behind his loneliness using unorthodox methods, including the fastidious documentation of his neighbours’ sex lives or X-rated chats using a faked profile. Kim’s live productions are something to behold, so this comes highly recommended.

Kim will be performing the show at Brut in Vienna on the 10th and 11th January, with an audience talk following the performance on 11 January. It starts at 8pm on both dates and tickets are €14 Full price, €8 reduced and €6 with the brutkarte. For more information please visit the event site.

He’ll then be taking You Are Not Alone to Zurich on 25th January, Belgium on 15th February, Brighton on 13th March (not currently listed on the Basement’s website) and the Theatre De Welt in Mannheim in May (date TBC). Click on the links for more information and to book tickets; for the later two dates tickets are not yet available, so keep checking the venue websites for tickets.

For those of us stuck in London tomorrow night who fancy a dose of Noble, you can see the Premier of a short film he’s produced called Pigeon, which will form part of the London Short Film Festival at the ICA.

TVO’s Review Of The Year 2013: Part One

1 Jan

2013 has been a funny old year in Onion Land. We’ve seen our regulars scoop bucketloads of awards, from Best British Film at the Empire Awards to International Emmy Awards and everything in-between. Some names on our roster have reached new heights of success, becoming household names to people who have no idea of their cult origins. Others have just continued being quietly amazing, but all of them have been worthy of your attention.

As a result, we’ve been ploughing through the 12 months of TVO, to pluck out the best bits from over 700 news stories across 2013. This first instalment of our round-up covers January-March, and is jam packed with forgotten treasures and instant classics alike.  Enjoy.

JANUARY

The year began quietly, with the only key new show on the box being, on the surface, designed for kids. FIT was a sports-based sketch show on CBBC from the team behind Sorry, I’ve Got No Head, and featured TVO regulars Tony WayRufus Jones and Aisling Bea in its ensemble cast. For the most part, however, it was the involvement of Peter Serafinowicz – reprising his beloved cult character Brian Butterfield – which got everyone’s attention…

On the other end of the spectrum, Michael SmileyDan Tetsell and Simon Farnaby turned up in the very-much-for-grown-ups cyber-thiller Utopia on Channel 4. The show concerned itself with attempts to trace the only known copy of a graphic novel which left a trail of bloody carnage in its wake. With Four Lions star Adeel Akhtar part of its ensemble cast, as well as Kill List actor Neil Maskell as a creepy hitman, and The Thick Of It‘s Paul Higgins as a blackmailed civil servant, the show became an instant cult hit, and will be returning for a second series in 2014.

Closer to home, and the good folk of Onion Land seemed keen to dish out advice. Comedic agony aunt Rachel Stubbings was offering specially crafted miniature versions of herself for sale to anyone in need of a friendly ear. Or, to be more exact, a bit of unemotional plastic which happened to look a bit like her, in a variety of costumes. The Stubby Buddy was a quick sell out, though something tells me we won’t be seeing them in the shops next year…

Elsewhere, conceptual artist and Luxury Comedy star Kim Noble was offering handy tips on how to buy an oven

And as Bowie-fever gripped the world, James Cook released his own, haunting interpretation of Mr Jones’ classic track, Ashes To Ashes

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Kim Noble: Landscape Photographer Of The Decade

23 Dec

Kim Noble‘s work recently featured in the Landscape Photographer Of The Year Awards, though not by anyone’s intent but his own.

The Darkplace star, who also appeared in The Mighty Boosh and Luxury Comedy, is often to be found judging the world as he finds it on his cult blog, and during his time the comedian slash conceptual artist has developed somewhat of a reputation for pranks.

We all remember his very important diary entries, or his guide to buying an oven, so the idea that he’d make himself part of an exhibition uninvited is no surprise, yet an utter delight all the same.  Here’s Kim with more details:

A Noble Forecast

20 Nov

© Ellie Harrison

Kim Noble‘s contribution to a recent art project in Salford is now available online.

The alternative comedian, best known for his appearances in Garth Marenghi’s DarkplaceThe Mighty Boosh and Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy, as well as his award-winning work with Stuart Silver and his own live epic, Kim Noble Will Die, was one of several artists who took part in a collaborative event known as The Other Forecast.

The project was the brainchild of Manchester based artist John O’Shea, and Glasgow based artist Ellie Harrison, and also featured Richard DeDomenici, Shona Macnaughton, and Yuri Pattison.  Made in response to the rise of MediaCityUK as the new home for both the BBC and ITV, O’Shea and Harrison invited the artists to create their own take on the familiar ‘weather forecast’.

Their efforts had to be recorded live in front of the greenscreens within the University of Salford’s new building at MediaCityUK, in a single take, and each piece explained the interconnectedness of a variety of local and global systems to present a different ‘worldview’ from their own personal perspective.

TVO attended the event at the university late last month, and were glad to find not only that the results of Kim’s contribution were typical of his bleak magnificence, but that the other films in the project are also more than worthy of attention.  Now you have the chance to see the results for yourselves below.

If you enjoyed that clip, you can see the rest of the project over on it’s official YouTube channel, and the films are also currently being shown on the big screens around MediaCityUK at Salford Quays, so get on down there to gauge the confused reactions of passers by while you can…

Have A Coke & A Smile

3 Nov

© Kim Noble

At TVO we rather love Kim Noble‘s little projects. Part-comedy, part-art, part-protest (sometimes), they tend to make you think about the world slightly differently – and with a giggle rising in your belly.

His latest project ‘Share a Coke? F*** off’ sees Noble doctoring the name labels on bottles of Coca Cola and redistributing the new bottles into retail outlets.

You can see the fruits of his labour on his website.  Try telling us it doesn’t make you feel that little bit better about the world?

Boosh-a-thon In North Wales

20 Oct

© Mighty Boosh

Theatr Colwyn in North Wales is holding a Mighty Boosh marathon viewing session on 23rd November.

All 20 episodes from series 1-3, screened back to back, will be shown from midday to midnight! The event is being held in conjunction with the Tough Crowd photography exhibition by Dave Brown which is running at Oriel Colwyn, the gallery upstairs at Theatr Colwyn.

If that wasn’t exciting enough, Dave will be making a special appearance during the Boosh-a-thon, talking about his time with the Boosh, his Tough Crowd exhibition and his continuing work as with the Afrikids charity, which helps children in Ghana.

Just how awesome does this sound?? Tickets are £10 and early booking is recommended. Proceeds from the Boosh-A-Thon are going to Afrikids.

Currently there doesn’t appear to be any facility to book online, so we suggest you contact the theatre box office on 01492 872000 to book. The box office is open Monday – Friday, 10am-5pm. Alternatively, you can purchase tickets at Venue Cymru, Monday to Saturday 10am – 7pm.

So who’s going in fancy dress then?…

 

Enter Garth’s Coatspace

27 Sep
© Avalon

© Avalon

Your chance to own a piece of history is here – as the charity auction to win Garth Marenghi‘s white coat and name badge from Darkplace has begun.

Garth’s clothing was made to wear in his seminal series Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, which first aired on Channel 4 in January 2004 after the powers-that-be finally let the show out of the vaults it had been languishing in since the 1980s.

Now the author, dream-weaver, visionary plus actor has granted the sale of these items, alongside a personal note from Garth, via journalist Julia Raeside and Marenghi’s long-standing associate Matthew Holness.

With the proceeds from the sale going to Macmillan Cancer Care, there’s even more of an incentive to get involved and offer to part with your cash.  Bidding already stands comfortably into three figures, but we’re sure there’s scope for much more.

The auction ends at 9:14am on Sunday, 30th September, and we’ve got a gallery of images to further proof the might of this coat, that badge, and that titan of terror below.  So what are you waiting for?

BID TO WIN NOW!

Lastly, if by any chance you’re unaware of the cultural landmark that is Darkplace, you can see the entire series online for free via 4oD, and you can buy the extras packed dvd from our store now.  Considering it’s one of the main reasons this website even exists, we think you owe it to Garth to check it out!  Episode one is below…

Tough Crowd On The Move

24 Sep

Dave Brown‘s exhibition of intimate comedy portraits, Tough Crowd, will be leaving its current home in Norwich and heading to North Wales next month.

© Dave Brown

The exhibition will be moving to Oriel Colwyn from 21st October, and it’ll remain there until 4th January 2014. The collection includes stunning images of a number of big name comedians, including a bevvy of TVO regulars: Alice LoweArnab ChandaBarunka O’ShaughnessyDan ClarkDolly WellsJoey PageJulia DavisJulian BarrattKevin EldonKim NobleNeil ColeNoel FieldingRich FulcherRichard AyoadeSarah KendallSteve OramTom Meeten and Tony Law.

There will be limited edition prints on sale in aid of Afrikids, so there’s good reason to get yourself down there and part with your cash. If you can’t make it in person, the prints are also available on the Afrikids website.

Oriel Colwyn can be found upstairs at Theatr Colwyn, and admission to the show is free. For more information about the venue visit its website.

However, if Wales feels a bit too westerly for you and you haven’t yet caught Tough Crowd during its stint in Norwich, there’s still time to experience it at Flint Hair on Benedict Street and Fabulous Frames on Upper St Giles Street before it moves. Its Norwich run finishes on 12th October.

Don’t forget that you can also see Dave’s brilliant photos of The Boosh at Proud Camden, London NW1 from 24th October to 1st December. It’s not yet on the venue’s website, but it’s definitely happening.

Boosh Warm Up Line Up Announced

20 Sep

© Soho Theatre/The List/The Basis

As you’ll know if you’re a regular peeler of this here website, earlier this week we broke the news that The Mighty Boosh are performing two warm-up shows at the Soho Theatre. We can now confirm who the comedians are who will be performing before the Boosh Band take to the stage.

The line up will consist of Joey Page, Stuart Silver and Holly Burn. Many of you will know Joey as one of the acts who we’ve supported over the years (his TVO connection stemming from his various links with Noel Fielding via his involvement in Luxury Comedy and as a Buzzcocks panelist), but you may be less familiar with the work of the other two acts.

Stuart Silver is an award-winning writer/performer/producer/director/mentor who works across a variety of creative channels.  His Velvet Onion pedigree is  pretty impressive, with appearances in The Mighty Boosh, Luxury Comedy, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Man to man With Dean Learner. He’s worked extensively with Kim Noble as the acclaimed nobleandsilverAnd if more was needed, he’s  recently produced a “featurette” for Richard Ayoade‘s film The Double. You can find out more about Stuart on his website.

Holly Burn is a stand-up comedian who has been described by the Guardian as “extravagantly odd… a some-time sketch performer, some-time character comedian, but in truth her refreshingly peculiar material defies easy categorisation.”  She was also named the ‘New Hero of Alternative Comedy’ by Bizarre magazine in 2012. To find out more about Holly visit her website.

The three acts will perform at the two Soho Theatre shows before the Boosh Band. They promise to be quite a night!

 

Autumnal Oram & Meeten

19 Sep

© Mog

We love us a bit of Tom Meeten and Steve Oram live. So we’re especially excited to hear about two new Oram & Meeten gigs later this year!

The charismatic and utterly unhinged duo will be performing as part of the line up at Knock2Bag Comedy at Rich Mix (35-47 Bethnal Green Road London E1 6LA) in October and November.

The show on 25th October also features Sara Pascoe,  Rob Deering, Luke McQueen, Chris Turner  and Lou Sanders; the show on 29th November includes Will Adamsdale, Nathaniel Metcalfe, Phil Wang, Harriet Dyer, John Kearns and Finlay Taylor.

Tickets are £8 for both dates; you can book for the October date here and the November date there.

Don’t forget that you can also see the boys on the same bill as Kim Noble with Knock2Bag in September. Details for this show can be found in our earlier post here.

Fans of Tom Meeten can also look forwards to the promised imminent release of his short film The Baron, featuring Tom in fine form as his deranged alter-ego. For our preview of The Baron check this out.

Tough Crowd Returns

12 Sep
© Dave Brown

© Dave Brown

Tough Crowd - the exhibition of intimate comedy portraits by Dave Brown – will be given a new lease of life from tomorrow in Norwich.

Split across two venues, the collection includes shots of a number of big name comedians.  TVO regulars Alice LoweArnab ChandaBarunka O’ShaughnessyDan ClarkDolly WellsJoey PageJulia DavisJulian BarrattKevin EldonKim NobleNeil ColeNoel FieldingRich FulcherRichard AyoadeSarah KendallSteve OramTom Meeten and Tony Law are just the tip of the iceberg!

With the likes of Adam Buxton, Bill Bailey, Bob Mortimer, Chris Addison, Harry Hill, Lenny Henry, Phill Jupitus, Ross Noble and Tim Minchin amongst the various other names featured – and there are many more – it’s a fascinating collection to peruse, and the good people of Norwich can do so from tomorrow – Friday 13th September, until Saturday 12th October.

The free to view show is housed by Flint Hair on Benedict Street, and Fabulous Frames on Upper St Giles Street.  As ever, there will be limited edition prints on sale in aid of Afrikids, so get on down there and part with your cash.  If you can’t make it, the prints are also available on the Afrikids website.

If you missed our extensive interview with Dave on all things Tough Crowd late last year, you can swot up on it right now.

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Oram & Meeten & Kim Noble LIVE!

17 Aug

© The List/Dave Brown

We get pretty excited whenever we find out that a TVO-related act is going to be performing live.  So you can probably imagine what happens to us when two TVO-realted acts are on the same bill!

On Friday 27th September Steve Oram, Tom Meeten (in the guise of the brilliant double act Oram & Meeten, in case you hadn’t guessed) and the award-winning Kim Noble will all be performing at Knock2Bag East. “Epic” is how we would describe it.

It’s all taking place at Rich Mix in London, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA. Also on the bill are  Will Adamsdale, Simon Munnery, The Pin, Liam Williams and Ed Gamble. Tickets are £8 in advance/ £12 on the door, and the show starts at 9pm (doors: 7.30pm). You can purchase them here.

So if you’re still here…what are you waiting for!?

Butty Bonkers

21 Jul

It’s Sunday and the sun is shining. It’s pretty darned perfect – except for the absence of a short viral film about sandwiches. Thankfully Kim Noble is on hand to plug that gap.

‘Sandwich’ is a short film that claims to make us (and sandwiches) better. It’s classic Noble: bizarre, silly…and if you squint your mind a bit, perhaps harbouring a deeper message  somewhere within.

For more Kim Noble videos, including the  superb Guide to Buying An Over (for the manically depressed), visit this part of his website.

Soho Fantastico

5 Jul

© Mog

Wednesday night saw the hotly anticipated Club Fantastico, Steve Oram and Tom Meeten‘s wildly demented comedy show, take place at the Soho Theatre.

The TVO contingent were out in force, with a star-studded and appreciative audience that included Alice Lowe, Tony Way, John Hopkins, Noel Fielding, Dolly Wells, Nigel Coan, Kim Noble, Dan Clark, Arnab Chanda, Gareth Tunley, Waen Shepherd, Barunka O’Shaughnessy and Bob Pipe. Phew!

Reviewing Club Fantastico presents something of a challenge; it’s difficult to do justice to a performance that features the techno dancing antics of Shaun the Prawn, an apparatus for feeding peanuts to ladies from a distance, an mind-melting version of Paper/Scissors/Rock, a phonecall with a pet lizard and “..but I won’t go South of the River” as what could possibly be one of the best comedy catch phrases ever. It also features Mary, who we will continue to find hilarious until the end of time. For their charm, energy and downright silliness Oram & Meeten are hard to beat.

So instead of a written review, we thought we’d share a few photos from the night. We think they tell their own story!

© Mog

© Mog

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