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An Early Look At Luxury 2

24 Jul

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Last week we were lucky enough to get a sneaky peek at the new series of Luxury Comedy. So without giving away any spoilers, what can we expect when it finally hits our screens on 31st July?

In interviews about the new series, Noel Fielding has been pretty open about his decision to move away from the sketch show format of series 1, towards a more narrative programme structure with a beginning, middle and an end to each episode. He says it’s because he’s a story-teller at heart, and it’s what he does best. This change of structure is certainly one of the most noticeable differences between the two series. So does it work?

Luxury Comedy is Noel’s stand up in visual form. That’s not to do it down; the fact that anyone has managed to capture the fantastical mayhem that goes on inside Fielding’s mind is impressive enough. Noel’s stand up material is at its best when allowed to slowly weave its shapes, layer upon layer, over a period of time. Stories unfold, characters evolve and concepts crystallise through repetition. By contrast, on the occasions I’ve seen him perform short slots on crowded comedy bills, his ideas don’t always have time to develop. This is not a man for the rat-tat-tat of machine-gun punchlines.

In the same way, expanding his TV ideas into 30-minute stories gives them proper form, allowing the viewer to step inside, appreciate their complexities and get carried along with the narrative. These are ideas rich enough for full episodes; and to reduce each of them to a sketch of a few minutes would underplay them. For me, then, the new format isn’t just about telling stories – it’s about telling strange stories much better.

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The different characters whom we encounter across the series are now part of each week’s story, which gives them purpose and makes the interaction between them feel genuine. The relationships between the characters are one of the aspects of the new series that gives the show its heart. This is no longer a disjointed collection of strange misfits; they’re friends, neighbours, and occasional enemies – as the story requires.

The friendship between the main four – Noel, Dolly, Andy and Smooth, allows for a solid dynamic at the centre of the action. The series 2 versions of the core team feel more ‘human’ and rounded, and as a result more sympathetic than before. Noel, in particular, presents a very different on-screen persona to anything we’ve seen from him previously: awkward, eager to please and uncool, he’s the Howard to Dolly’s preening Vince. Devoid of Howard Moon’s pomposity, however, this Noel is a character with whom we empathise, not just the one we laugh at.

Noel has said that he and Nigel spent longer writing the second series, and this comes across. I loved the first series, but there are more funnier moments in series 2 (based on the two episodes we saw). The writing’s sharp, the physical comedy is hilarious, and the characters are beautifully honed and gloriously wonky at the same time. Look out for star turns throughout from a whole host of TVO faces, including Richard Ayoade, Steve Oram, Dave Brown, Rich Fulcher, Arnab Chanda, Tania Wade, Barunka O’Shaughnessy, Stuart Silver, Simon Farnaby and others.

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This series is arguably the most self-aware output that we’ve ever seen from Fielding, with a number of knowing references to the public reaction that series 1 generated. He’s said that it’s a natural reaction to criticism – you try to get in there first before anyone else does. And it works well in this context, tethering the strange Luxury world to our own experience from time to time (thereby making it more relateable), and imbuing the series with a large helping of humility which, one hopes, the cynics out there will respond positively to.

Added to all of that, Luxury Comedy is still a fabulous feast for the eyes: the distinctive day-glo sets, wardrobe, make-up and animation all combine to create a uniquely visual world. Huge credit to Nigel Coan and his production team for putting it all together; you can see that it’s a labour of love in every single scene.

So will the rest of the world like it? I hope so. If people enjoyed the Boosh and the naysayers can get over their disproportionately extreme reaction to series 1, they would like this. Genuinely funny, beautifully magical and full of heart – what’s not to love?

Don’t forget to tune in: Luxury Comedy series 2 airs at 10pm on E4 on 31st July. For the less patient amongst you, episode 1 is available to view from TODAY -  a whole week early, on 4oD here.

Time For A Serving Of Luxury

16 Jul

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We’ve seen the trailer, we’ve wondered at its vague promise of “coming soon” – and you’ve been asking us in droves: WHEN WILL SERIES 2 OF LUXURY COMEDY BE HITTING OUR SCREENS?? Well wonder no more..

We can confirm that the new series kicks off on E4 on 31st July!

We’ve got all sorts of exclusive goodies up our sleeves to mark the occasion, so stay peeling to make sure you stay on top of everything.

In the meantime, here’s an interview with Noel Fielding that Channel 4 have released ahead of the new series.

TVO Exclusive: Noel Fielding Ticket Pre-Sale!

4 Mar

The Velvet Onion is proud to offer you an exclusive ticket pre-sale for An Evening With Noel Fielding.

We were able to break the news before anyone else, so it seems only right that we should be able to offer tickets before anyone else too! In fact, we’re pretty certain you’re not even reading this sentence, so we’ll leave all the important info below the jump – just click on the picture below to buy your tickets, and come back afterwards for some more info!

THE PRESALE IS NOW OVER. THANKS FOR TAKING PART & SEE YOU AT THE SHOWS!

Due to various technical reasons, Wolverhampton is not included in this presale. TVO would like to apologise for this issue, as we were unaware of the issues surrounding this date until shortly before publication. There appear to have similar problems with Dublin and Cambridge, which are unfortunately outside of our control. For more info on the pre-sale’s finer points, check out the T&C at the bottom of this post.

Our announcement of Noel Fielding‘s tour at the weekend caused something of a furore, so we’re sure that link above will not be available for very long. Please also take a look at the T&Cs at the bottom of this post!

If you’re coming to us after the event, don’t fret – there’s still a chance to buy tickets for the show.  General release for all the shows currently announced is at 9am on Friday 7th March.

Some of you may also have spotted that Ents24 are offering a pre-sale 48 hours before that, at 9am on Wednesday 5th March. And if you miss all of these, there’s a strong possibility more dates will be added, so keep your eyes peeled and come back here on a regular basis to find out more… first!

And if you’re one of the 0.02% of people reading this who have no idea what we’re going on about, check out our earlier post about Noel’s tour, which will also feature the marvelous Mike Fielding and Tom Meeten as support. 

Both Fieldings, alongside Meeten and Dolly Wells, will be returning to our screens in the second series of Luxury Comedy in late-Spring, and you can see a sneaky, spoiler-free picture below.

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© Lauren Taylor / The Velvet Onion

That image comes from TVO’s time on set, filming exclusive interviews, taking tons of behind the scenes photos, and planning more surprises along the way – all of which will be revealed when the show returns, so stay peeled.

For the current full list of tour dates, see below.

* With the exception of Wolverhampton tickets should be available for all venues, though Ticketmaster’s system does have a tendency to miss a few out so try hitting refresh if your chosen date is not there.  The best estimate we can give for Wolverhampton is that the pre-sale will be online before midday tomorrow. Apologies to anyone who was hoping to purchase tickets for this venue in the pre-sale this evening.
* Please note that this pre-sale is being handled by Ticketmaster on behalf of The Velvet Onion. Ticketmaster are liable for all purchases and their standard terms and conditions apply (click on link to view). The Velvet Onion cannot be held accountable for any issues with ticket purchases.
* All seats will be numbered so you will be able to see where they are located before you buy. The pre-sale guarantees earlier access to the seating available through Ticketmaster’s allocation, but this is not necessarily the best seats in the venue. You will be able to see what seating you are being offered for sale before you buy and make a choice.

Tour News: An Evening With Noel Fielding

2 Mar

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You’ve been very patient. The odd date has leaked out, you’ve bombarded us with questions about it – and now, before anyone else (just!), we can exclusively reveal the details of Noel Fielding‘s live UK tour!

The new show, An Evening With Noel Fielding, promises a magical mix of Noel’s unique stand-up comedy, live animation, music, and some of his best-known TV characters, including The Moon and Fantasy Man. Support will come from the very capable hands of Mike Fielding and Tom Meeten (who boggled a few eyes and minds when he supported the Boosh at one of their London warm-ups last Autumn).

London folk have been lucky enough to see a handful of ad hoc live performances from Noel in recent years, but this will be the first time in many years that fans from further afield in Britain and Ireland will have had the chance to see his solo stand up. We’re expecting a fair amount of nationwide excitement from you Fieldmice!

The 20+ date tour kicks off in Guildford on Monday 20th October and  culminates in Dublin on 11th December. According to Noel “fancy dress is optional”. Go on, you know you want to.

Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday 7th March for £25, and are available through Ticketmaster and SeeTickets. We’ll let you know if there are any pre-sales before then.

The full list of dates and venues is below. So which one/s are you going to??

The Bleedin-Great-White Polar-Bear In The Room

5 Jan

No, we don’t do elephants. Too cliché.  We’re here to talk about The Mighty Boosh, and we’re sure most of you know why.

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© Baby Cow Productions

It all started on Sunday morning, when at the bottom of a pile of showbiz drivel on their website, The Daily Mail ran a short piece, that didn’t even warrant a photograph: too busy touting shots of pop-stars no-one cares about.

It read, and we quote:  “Fans of cult TV series The Mighty Boosh will be thrilled to hear that its stars are at last putting together a script for a big screen version.  Almost two years after Noel Fielding, 40, who plays Vince Noir in the quirky comedy, announced plans to turn the show into a film, he and co-star Julian Barratt are finally putting pen to paper.  ‘We’re going on tour early in the New Year and we’ll be working on material that hopefully could make a movie,’ says Julian, 45.  ‘We want to make something great for the fans.’”

Now, quite understandly, this vexed us something chronic.  Was this, perhaps, Julian Barratt being assailed on the red carpet at the première of The Harry Hill Movie last month, chronically misunderstood?  Or was there more to it?

Naturally, we went digging.  And whilst other comedy sites picked up on the story – both Chortle and British Comedy Guide (merely doing their job of course) publishing pieces based on this seemingly random quote – we spoke directly to Boosh management, who very kindly confirmed this was a no-go story.

And then, as if by magic, the boys themselves got in on the act.

First off the block, came Dave Brown, and Bollo himself had some heartwarming words of wisdom for us all…

Then before we could say a word, in waded Noel Fielding himself, who was by now being named as the person who spoke to the Mail by other publications, with a succinct denial…

So that’s that, then.

As much as we ourselves look forward to whatever the Boosh have got planned in da foocha, we nevertheless must confirm that, at present, any talk of future plans is just that: talk.

The Boosh will be loose, and a little bit raw at some point in our future.  The movie is always an ongoing concern, the album is in the can and waiting for the right moment to be released, and the success of their live dates in September and October proved there’s life in the Sunshine Kid and Captain Corduroy yet.

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But for now, we must be patient.  Series two of Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy nears completion, and though a challenging first series polarised opinions, we’re confident the show is bigger, bolder and above all else, better than before – and we can’t wait for you to see the results.

Indeed, we visited the set last summer for another of our stonking video exclusives, which we’ll be bringing you in due course, along with a whole host of other Luxury related goodies as soon as we can.  The moment is being prepared for, and when the time comes, we’ll do the same for the Boosh return too.

When it happens, you’ll be ready… and that’s because we’ll still be here, keeping you abreast of everything else the boys, and the numerous fine and wonderful comics who encircle them are up to on stage, television, film, radio, online and in print.

There’s so much to savour, it’s hard to believe there’s been so little Boosh activity since TVO started four years ago.  We think all these other projects keep things ticking over rather well, don’t you?

But here’s the thing…

As of today, there are no confirmed live dates.  There’s no confirmed movie details.  There’s no plans for the television series to return.  The album release remains in limbo.  
The only reason we’re posting this now is to make that absolutely clear, so no more fans get caught up in the false excitement that the original article, and subsequent recycling online has created.
The Mighty Boosh are back on hiatus, but this could change at any time.   And as Dave suggests up above, with any luck we’ll be amongst the very first to know.  
And therefore… so will you.
Stay peeled.

TVO’s Review Of The Year 2013: Part Four

4 Jan

Hello and a warm welcome to the final part of our Review of 2013. Although October to December may feel like it only just happened, prepare to be amazed by how much you’ve forgotten. We were, but then we’re getting on a  bit.

So here are the best bits from the fourth quarter of the year – cherry-picked from news stories about both our regulars and a few new faces too. Enjoy.

OCTOBER

October was the month that Booshmania returned.  Just as the fantastic Behind the Boosh exhibition started its run at Proud Camden, showcasing the history of that most Mighty of comedic troops via the majesty of Dave Brown‘s photography, the boys were back in town.  Or rather, on the pier, as The Mighty Boosh went from the Soho Theatre to Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme in LA. A final (chaotic) UK warm-up show and a further run through at The Comedy Store, almost halted by a Visa saga, paved the way for a live performance that turned out to be one of the Festival’s highlights. Fan forums and social media platforms were buzzing with photos, footage and reviews of the show.

Another announcement that got us more than a bit over-excited in October was the news that Ben Wheatley is to direct the first 2 episodes of the next series of Doctor Who, starring the new Time Lord, Peter Capaldi. How good is that!?  We’re itching to see what happens when you combine one of the UK’s finest directors with its biggest export, now in the capable hands of an Oscar-winning acting legend to boot.  You can see the moment Capaldi became the Doctor in the 2013 Xmas special below…

More telly stuff, with the launch of Matt Berry’s new series, Toast Of London.  We’d been itching to see it since the pilot back in 2012, and it did not disappoint…

Elsewhere, Richard Ayoade established himself as a permanent fixture on prime time panel shows with a stint as team captain on Was It Something I Said? on Channel 4. Ayoade’s intellectual sparring with host David Mitchell certainly made our Sunday evenings feel a bit more highbrow!

What else?  Well, in movie news, there was an update on the cast for Paul King‘s long-awaited Paddington Bear feature film, which included mention of Rufus Jones and James Bachman. To end the month, TVO artists offered us a veritable smorgasbord of comedy options for Halloween night’s out, with special spooky performances from Colin Hoult and Richard Sandling.  And we were sad to lose the talented comedy actor Felix Dexter, who died at the too-young age of 52. He left behind an incredible legacy of great TV performances on shows like Bellamy’s PeopleAbsolutely Fabulous, The Fast ShowKnowing Me Knowing You… With Alan Partridge, Mongrels and Alexei Sayle’s Merry Go Round to name but a few. He will be much misse, and would typically hate all this fuss about him, so let’s remember him with one of his silliest moments – dancing for Sport Relief alongside Rhys Thomas and Lucy Montgomery.  What a dude.

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Bingo & The Beehive

31 Oct

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Mr Bingo is one of the behind the scenes artists that we write about at The Velvet Onion. He’s one of those craftsmen who quietly help to make the world which inhabits these pages more visually distinctive. His uniquely comical illustrations have graced Mighty Boosh books and Rich Fulcher live shows, although the scope of what he does goes way beyond TVO’s remit.

This week limited edition prints of Mr Bingo’s iconic illustration of Amy Winehouse’s hair go on sale to raise money for the Amy Winehouse Foundation. Mr Bingo very kindly agreed to talk to us about this, his infamous and hugely popular art project Hate Mail, and how he got to know the Boosh boys.

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Hello Mr Bingo, and welcome to TVO. Can you tell us how you got involved in the Amy Winehouse Foundation project? 

A design agency called THEM are in charge of branding The Amy Winehouse Foundation. They know my work and approached me about doing a Hair Portrait of her. Hair portraits only work with certain people and Amy’s look lends itself perfectly to it.

I’m really pleased to be involved; I thought Amy was great and I’m a fan of her music, so when they approached me I was really keen to get on board.

What has the response been like from Amy’s fans? 

From what I’ve seen, they’re really into it, which is great! You always get the odd “where’s the rest of the face?” comment, but that’s the internet for you.

She’s got a huge global fan base so hopefully the print will fly out to lots of different places.

Your Hair Portraits are incredibly well-liked (to the extent that people nick the designs and turn them into t-shirts – the bastards!). What inspired you to do the first one? 

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I was asked to contribute some work to a group show in 2007, so I just decided to try drawing people’s hair with nothing else and I made some prints (Star Wars being the first one). The way I always approach doing new prints is to create something that I’d like on my own wall and then hope that other people will want the same thing on theirs.

The curly ones take the longest, especially Slash from Guns N Roses. Actually the longest one I ever did was the Skatebeard which took a whole week, and I was still finishing it on the train on the way to the exhibition!

For the Boosh hair portrait Bollo was the most difficult because it was really hard to work out where the hair on the face kind of started. He’s an animal so he’s extra complicated!

Talking of The Mighty Boosh, how did you end up working with them?

I met Dave Brown in 2006. He was running a competition at the V&A village fete where people were challenged to draw Queen Victoria in one minute without taking your pen off the paper. I was awarded first prize!

Then Dave bought a set of Hair portrait prints off me, we had a beer and became friends. Weirdly, I hadn’t really seen The Mighty Boosh before I met him, so I checked it out and of course totally loved it.

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A Glimpse Behind The Boosh

26 Oct

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, most of you will by now be aware that Dave Brown’s behind-the-scenes photos of The Mighty Boosh have become an exhibition, Behind the Boosh, which is currently showing at Proud Camden.  A few of our gang were lucky enough to be at the opening night; here’s a summary of what it’s all about from Velveteer Mog:

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The opening night of Behind the Boosh was buzzing. The gallery was full of friends and fans, including the Mayor of Camden (!), and a bevy of TVO-connected folk such as Noel Fielding, Julia Davis, Tom Meeten, Steve Oram, Arnab Chanda, Nigel Coan, Barunka O’Shaughnessy and Mr Bingo - plus Dave Brown of course.

You may feel like you’ve seen a significant chunk of Behind the Boosh reproduced in the various newspapers and websites that have been writing about the show. Trust me, it’s worth seeing the pictures in the flesh if you can.

The images themselves are undeniably aesthetically pleasing, and all the more so in larger dimensions than the recent online coverage has provided. But more than that, the photographs really come to life when viewed in the physical form: from the gentle undulations of the photographic paper beneath the glass of the frames to the signature delicately scratched onto the bottom right hand corner of every shot, it lends the images a warmth and authenticity that feels just right for the Boosh. It’s something you simply don’t get from a computer screen. The real life photographs present personal glimpses into their world as opposed to being just a visual report of something that happened.

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Some of the photographs are so familiar they’ve become synonymous with the Boosh ‘brand’; it’s odd to think that someone actually took them. Others have never been seen before, and for those of us who are familiar with the TV show’s visual history, it’s these which have the greatest initial impact. An ambiguously moody shot of Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt in Buxton, which draws you in and holds you there, being a case in point.

Some of the photos depict the Boosh as a modern day rock band on tour: skinny jeans, tousled hair, stages, tour buses. By contrast, the black and white images from behind the scenes of the TV show have a timeless quality about them – the costumes, the intense conversations and the camera and lighting equipment that frames the shots makes them feel like they could have been taken in the early days of television.

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Across the exhibition we get to see The Mighty Boosh in all its colours and shapes: the daftness and the the seriousness, the joy and the boredom, the camaraderie and the loneliness.

Throughout, their personalities come across as human, likeable and open for scrutiny. The result of the photographer being a trusted part of the story, one suspects. Dave’s absence from the images is the obvious downside of this arrangement, however.

The only complaint one could make about the exhibition is that it ends too soon. When we came to the final picture we were left wanting more; as if we’d been offered a window into the fascinating world of the Boosh rather than being told the full story.  We live in hope for a part 2!

For more photos from the opening night visit Proud’s Facebook page. Behind the Boosh is running at Camden Proud until 1st December, so there’s still time to get yourself down there.

A Bit More Behind The Boosh

22 Oct

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In today’s Time Out (London) magazine there was a small piece about Dave Brown‘s photography exhibition, Behind the Boosh, which kicks off at Proud Camden  this Thursday, 24th October.

In the article members of the Boosh talk about three further exclusive images that form part of the exhibition. Of the picture above, Rich Fulcher says: “It looks as though Eleanor is thinking: One sock lowered = extreeeeemely available.” Oh how we love thee, Rich.

To read the article in full click here. And don’t forget that you can visit the exhibition yourself for free; it runs until 1st December.

 

The Boosh Is Loose In CAL-I-FOR-NI-AAAAA!!!!!

22 Oct

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This weekend saw The Mighty Boosh play two shows in California, with a last minute gig at The Comedy Store being followed by Tenacious D’s well publicised Festival Supreme.

TVO’s US correspondents Gina R Snape and Teresa Whelan were on hand to document events, and this is their exclusive report…

Peelers around the globe either woke up in hazy happy disbelief or frantically searching the internet for all the glorious proof that The Mighty Boosh really did play two gigs in California this weekend.

© Gina R Snape

Have no fear! It wasn’t a dream. And The Velvet Onion was there for everything! So here’s our round-up. (Apologies for the delay. But unfortunately Naboo’s flying carpet didn’t have WiFi on our return trips home).

The Friday night benefit at The Comedy Store for Drop In The Bucket was a heck of a show. Viewers were treated to a full hour set!

Despite terrible jetlag, Naboo must have provided some incredible energy potion because the boys pulled all the stops out! Here for our readers is a TVO exclusive shot of the setlist.

Next came Festival Supreme, with an intense half hour set (sleuthy peelers can find clips on YouTube). The Boosh opened with “Electro Monk”, Julian performed Yeti solo, Noel returned to the stage for Hello Little Deer, and Old Gregg (who proclaimed he located Howard thanks to Tenacious D)  appeared for Mangina and Love Games – ending with a fan service nod to Stockholm Syndrome.

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Introducing the Mirrorball Suit 2.0!
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Fans went mental as Noel stripped down to Mirrorball Suit 2.0 And Julian ripped off his elbow patches to reveal elbow tassles! No Boosh show would be complete without a “Don’t Touch Me!” declaration, Noel throwing artwork into the crowd, and a healthy dousing of Bailey’s by Old Gregg. The crowd cheered for an encore when they left all too soon. (Dave Brown confirmed on twitter that they had a 30 minute pull-the-plug limitation).

Olly kept the beat in the back, and fans screamed with delight when Naboo and Bob Fossil made their appearances.

Readers are welcome to click here for the full collection of TVO photos. The events may be over, but the magic lingers. Thank you, boys, for bringing the Mighty Boosh together, coming to the States, and leaving us with tears of Oniony joy.

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Boosh-a-thon In North Wales

20 Oct

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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?…

 

Mike Fielding, Merry Man

19 Oct

Very occasionally a juicy nugget of TVO-relevant new passes us by. Rest assured, we beat ourselves over it. This is one those occasions, and it’s a piece of Mike Fielding-flavoured news.

This summer Mike appeared in a promo of The Child of Lov, for his track ‘Give It To The People’. In the video Mike plays the part of the right hand man of a modern day Robin Hood. Resplendent in a  flamboyant ice blue shell suit, we see Mike redistributing wealth to the masses from the back of his motor. Just like the infamous merry men of Sherwood Forest, had they been around today!

You can watch the video below. For more information about The Child of Lov, check out his facebook page.

 

Be At The Behind The Boosh Exhibition Launch

19 Oct

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As we’ve mentioned previously, Dave Brown‘s exhibition of Mighty Boosh photos, Behind The Boosh, will be showing at Proud Camden from 24th October. Now you can be there on the launch night!

The private view will run until 8pm on 23rd October, when the doors open to the public – and tickets are available (over 18s only). The event, at Proud, promises a night of music inspired by the Boosh surrounded by the exhibition and (assuming that they stay beyond the private view – although there are no guarantees), its stars.

Tickets cost £3 in advance (50pm booking fee) or £5 on the door and you can purchase them here. Get in!

Boosh Show Tonight – The Latest

18 Oct

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It’s been a dramatic day and a half for Boosh fans stateside. Visa delays, cancelled gigs and newly scheduled shows mean that our twitter feed has been awash with questions and comments for the past 36 hours. With The Mighty Boosh scheduled to play tonight, we figured an update might be helpful:

The Boosh will be performing on tonight’s bill at The Comedy Store, 8433 Sunset Boulevard. This is a charity gig in aid of  Drop In The Bucket, an amazing organisation that help to builds wells in Africa. This is the very same gig that Noel Fielding was originally billed for; The Boosh have replaced Noel (obviously he’ll be involved!). For the full line-up visit the event page here.

At the time of writing there are a small number of tickets still available, although the price has increased from $30 to $40 today. You can buy them here – but be quick!

Doors open at 7.30pm (or an 8.30pm start time), when seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The venue are strongly advising on an arrival time of no earlier than 7pm, but we know you lot better than that! For what it’s worth, for the recent London warm ups a hardcore 10-15 people started queueing a couple of hours before doors opened, and everyone else turned up half an hour beforehand. To be honest, everyone gets a good view in a small venue, so if you have a ticket you can relax in the knowledge that you’ll have a good evening regardless of how early you queue.

We’ve also been told by the venue that photography won’t be allowed, but an official photographer will be on hand to capture the show for posterity. We’ll do our utmost to get hold of the shots and share them with you.

We hope everyone has an amazing time. A couple of our gang will be there, so if you see them say hi.

Please note that the Boosh’s appearance at Festival Supreme remains unaffected by the visa hoo-ha, and they will be performing as planned.

Come With Us Now……..

15 Oct

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Lucky American Peelers who can get to Los Angeles on Thursday are in for a treat – The Mighty Boosh are performing live at Largo at the Coronet, 366 N La Cienega Boulevard!

This will be one of the rare occasions all the boys have been together since the last huge tour so it is going to be a really special night.

So everyone who felt they were missing out last week when most of The Boosh were performing in London will be able to get their tickets for a fantastic night, which will also include Rich Fulcher!

Tickets are $25 from here, don’t hang about they are bound to sell out very quickly.

A Bit Of Boosh At The Pleasance

13 Oct

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Plans to keep the details of the recent Mighty Boosh warm up shows out of the public domain seem to have been derailed by the giddy connectivity of social media. So we figured it would be polite of us to do a quick round up of what’s out there for those amongst us who don’t frequent the fan forums and blogs:

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Last week’s Boosh shows at Soho Theatre were marked by their unexpected degree of polish; by contrast, this Thursday’s show at The Pleasance Islington felt very much like being let in to watch a rehearsal (which, afterall, is exactly what a warm-up is). What’s surprising is that the evening was none the worse for it.

For the assembled audience, the technical glitches and subsequent on-stage ad libbing felt like being invited in to watch – and be part of – the inner workings of Boosh. We got the chance to spend an evening in their company, as opposed to simply watching them perform on stage.

Although none of it was planned, there were many moments that made this gig feel special: the ad hoc dialogue between Julian Barratt on stage and his adorable kids in the front row; the sight of three monks leaning helplessly over a silent drum kit; Noel Fielding‘s never-ending impersonation of a fold-out map; and the clever one-liners, glances and giggles that frequently erupted from the stage.

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The Boosh Band performance which wrapped around these improvised moments was still solid and vital, carried along by the bubbling on-stage chemistry between Noel and Julian.

It’s a credit to their professionalism and talent that the show lost none of its life force and charm when events nudged it along a different path. In fact, the verdict afterwards from the Boosh friends and family who turned out in force for the gig was that it was like being back at the Hen & Chickens all those years ago. A little shambolic perhaps, but that’s part of their charm – and the magic is still very much there.

For those of you who want the spoilery details, check out The Mirror’s review (it’s nice to see a tabloid being supportive for a change!).

And for those of you who are lucky enough to be going to Festival Supreme this week, you’re in for a treat! We reckon the Mighty Tent is going to be the place to be:

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Many thanks to Becky & Lustache Licker for helping us out with photos. Sadly no one managed to get a money shot of Tom Meteen‘s Karate Johnson!

What’s that? You want another one? Oh, go on then…

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Line Up Announced For Thursday’s Boosh Gig

7 Oct

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The full list of support acts for Thursday’s third and final Mighty Boosh warm-up show at The Pleasance Islington has been confirmed.

Following a well-received and rather wonderful turn at last week’s Soho Theatre gigs, Stuart Silver will return to the stage this week. Expect beguilingly meandering comedy that roams around your head for a few seconds before you feel the full force of its cleverness. And some astonishing ukele playing.

New to this week’s bill is one of TVO’s favourite live acts: Tom Meeten. Ususally seen as part of Oram & Meeten with Steve Oram, this will be a rare opportunity to see Tom flying solo. Based on his past form, we’re in for an evening of charming, offbeam physical comedy that’s as smart as it is silly.

Both artists come armed with a myriad of Boosh-flavoured connections, and stylistically they provide the perfect segue to the main draw.  We’re counting down the days…

New Boosh Track To Air On XFM

4 Oct

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It’s been a Booshy few days at TVO – but we figured you probably wouldn’t mind!

We’ve already tweeted that Lliana Bird will be playing a Mighty Boosh track on her XFM radio show tomorrow, but now we’ve gleaned some more exciting information about it that we wanted to share…

It will be the world exclusive first play of a new Boosh song called Sunflash & Bublay, which was recorded at the iconic Electric Ladyland studios in New York as part of their (as yet unreleased) album. The record was produced by Dave Westlake (Sneaker Pimps) and the Boosh.

As well as playing the new track, Birdy will also be speaking to Noel Fielding during her show, which you can hear tomorrow (Saturday) between 4 and 7pm.

According to XFM’s website, this is happening in honour of the anniversary of the first airing of a Monty Python show on the same date in history.

The Boosh Are Back… Live At The Pleasance

4 Oct

TVO is delighted to confirm another Boosh warm-up show ahead of their performance at Festival Supreme later this month.

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The boys will perform at Pleasance Theatre, Islington on 10th October and tickets can be grabbed (we suggest very quickly) from their website, here.

This presents an extra chance to see their warm-up show after its first outings at the Soho Theatre. These events went down a storm and you can read our review of the evening here.

So what are you waiting for? Buy, buy, buy!

Mighty Fine: Boosh At The Soho Theatre

2 Oct

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If you’re a regular reader of The Velvet Onion it won’t have passed you by that The Mighty Boosh performed two warm up shows at the Soho Theatre this week. We were lucky enough to be there to witness the epicness. Here’s Velveteer Mog’s non-spoilery report:

A long time ago I came across something wonderful. It was intelligent and warm, charming and whimsical; it took me to fantastical worlds and gifted me laughter and fierce friendships. It was unique, special and precious. Slowly, over time, it was discovered by more and more people, and because they’re only human, they too fell in love with it. Soon there were enough of us to fill the O2 arena several times over for The Mighty Boosh.

Since then we’ve had panel shows and plays, art exhibitions, voice-overs and tabloid tittle-tattle. We’ve grown up and grown older, and so have they. The world has changed, and now there’s a newer version of the latest thing. So the excitement that the promise of two Boosh shows generated came tempered with the fear of being disappointed. How could it possibly live up to expectations?

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On Sunday and Monday night the downstairs room at the Soho Theatre was buzzing with eager anticipation. The hopeful old guard rubbed shoulders with expectant younger fans, who filled the front row with camera phones, hair colours and chatter.

The lights dimmed, and Julian and Noel’s voices rolled out onto the stage, closely followed by the two of them in person: the familiar pairing of the puppy-like energy of Fielding and the hesitant groundedness of Barratt. The magic was still there; whenever Noel and Julian took to the stage, the room glowed.

Genuine, clever, witty and frequently bonkers, the Boosh’s performance was perfectly pitched. I’ve rarely seen two artists more in tune with each other and their audience. And like all great double acts, the whole is somehow greater than the sum of its parts. It felt like we were all sharing a giant warm bath of joy.

Seeing them live again also served as a sharp reminder as to why they reached such dizzying heights of success: they’re bloody talented – from the brain-fizzing freshness of their ideas and the razor-sharp wordplay, to their amazing musicianship (hands up all those fellas who left the gig with a man crush on Julian?).

Yes, they falter at times, and you’re never far from feeling that they’re making it up as they go along, but that’s part of the Boosh’s charm (and afterall, they were warm-up shows). Besides, the gigs’ occasional ramshackle-ness felt like a nod to the early years, which is no bad thing.

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Woven around the Boosh’s appearances were three support acts: Joey Page (moments of brilliance), Stuart Silver (fantastic – well worth checking out if you get the chance) and Holly Burns (perhaps not the most obvious choice for the night).

The final 40 minutes of the show consisted of the Boosh Band, playing tight, fresh twists on their musical classics. We’ll never see Electro Boy in the same light again. Funny, inspired and smart – and just a bit wonky. Dave Brown also deserves a special shout out for THAT VOICE. This was most definitely not the “shambola” promised by Noel via twitter.

Marriage proposals were made (Sunday), Baileys was swigged (Monday) and a likely knowing reference made to an infamous fanfic*. Shrieks of astonishment reverberated along the front row.

The Mighty Boosh: charming, folksy, weird and inclusive, this was them at their original best. The stadium rock star comedy machine felt like a distant memory – and long may it remain that way!

In respect of the fans who’ll be seeing the show at Festival Supreme, photos were only allowed during the first half of Sunday night – so this review has been written in the spirit of avoiding spoilers too. Hopefully the essence of the show hasn’t been lost in the non-specificity.

* Alas, apparently mere coincidence.

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