January 2011


To celebrate our first birthday, we thought it would be nice to do a little competition for our regular readers.  The Boosh Boys have very kindly chucked a couple of dvds our way, and whilst we know many of you will have them already – it’d still be nice to win them: you could always [...]

January 31, 2011 // 134 Comments

The Velvet Onion Is One!

Today is a special day for The Velvet Onion… and whilst we’re all madcrazybusy working on forthcoming TVO articles and our own hectic lives, our editor in chief found a few minutes to put together a little something to say to all of you out there… Three-hundred and twenty-four [...]

January 31, 2011 // 14 Comments

Come Buy With Me!

The first series of Come Fly With Me is now available for pre-order via The Velvet Onion Amazon Store. The brainchild of Little Britain creators (and friends of the Boosh) Matt Lucas & David Walliams, the show is directed by Boosh and Bunny And The Bull helmer Paul King.  The first episode [...]

January 27, 2011 // 0 Comments

Whole Lotta Hoult

Earlier this week, we reminded you about the final dates for Colin Hoult‘s fantastic Enemy Of The World show at the SoHo Theatre next month.  Now it seems the character comic never stops – with several new dates lined up over the coming weeks. First up this Monday is a rare performance [...]

January 27, 2011 // 4 Comments

A Cloud Of Denim

Sue Denim has posted two fresh acoustic demos to a brand new profile on Soundcloud. The musician, best known as one half of Robots In Disguise, stated on Twitter that with these songs: “I think it can safely be said I’m taking lo-fi to it’s lowest!!” Entitled I Want To See U [...]

January 27, 2011 // 0 Comments

Submarine Floats At Sundance

Richard Ayoade‘s directorial debut Submarine continues to score with the critics. The film is showing at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Utah, currently in its second week, and the response so far has been extremely positive!  In his review, writer David Chen describes Submarine as [...]

January 26, 2011 // 2 Comments

Put On Your Red Shoes…

Noel Fielding is slated to appear as a contestant in Comic Relief’s Let’s Dance gameshow! The announcement of Noel’s involvement was made via an advert on BBC1 following an edition of topical program The One Show. Digital Spy were quick to follow up the advert with their exclusive [...]

January 25, 2011 // 4 Comments

DeadDog Deathline Soho!

DeadDogInBlackBag are to make a rare live appearance in February. The electropop duo, featuring Holly Jane Shears and Suzy Evelyn, will appear at the Deathline event at St.Moritz club in SoHo on February 4th.  Further details have yet to be announced, but the event has a facebook page in place [...]

January 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Enemy Of The World’s Final Stand

Colin Hoult‘s critically acclaimed Edinburgh show returns to the London stage next month for its final run ever! Hoult, who first came to TVO’s attention via his hilarious pilot show Zimbani last year, performed The Enemy Of The World throughout the Edinburgh Festival and at selected [...]

January 24, 2011 // 3 Comments

Community Care

Rumour has it that IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade is directing an episode of the American TV show, Community. The star of the series, actor Joel McHale posted a photo of Ayoade on his blog, with the message “Looks who’s directing Community right now.” Whether or not he’s [...]

January 23, 2011 // 5 Comments

Barratt Treads The Boards

According to actress Doon MacKichan (Day Today, Smack the Pony), Julian Barratt has been cast in the play ‘Government Inspector’, by Nikolai Gogol. MacKichan revealed this information on twitter; Barratt is to play the mayor, while Doon plays his wife.  The play will be performed at [...]

January 20, 2011 // 2 Comments

Late Show Fulcher Times

Rich Fulcher‘s appearance on Craig Ferguson’s US chat show has now available on YouTube. The Scottish born comic, actor and now chat show host is still a proud Anglophile, especially when it comes to Doctor Who and comedy – and has uploaded the interview to his official youtube [...]

January 20, 2011 // 5 Comments

Four Lions, Two BAFTAS And A Rabbit-Chicken

Four Lions has been nominated for two BAFTA Awards. The film, which was the movie debut of Chris Morris and featured cameos from Kevin Eldon and Julia Davis, has been nominated in the Outstanding British Film category, whilst Morris himself has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Debut By A [...]

January 20, 2011 // 0 Comments

Peeder In Perspective

The second installment of the Peeder Jigson Video Diaries is now online. We told you about the first part of the documentary series chronicling the making of The Hobbit late last month.  Directed by Gareth Tunley (director of The Mainstage and recent Jackal guest star), this second installment [...]

January 14, 2011 // 1 Comment

James Pilkington: Two Fingers To The Critics!

If you’re a Boosh fan James Pilkington is a name that will probably have a ring of the familiar about it, even if you’re not sure why.  If we tell you that he’s the man responsible for giving us a youthful Noel Fielding in an elephant thong I’m guessing it’ll click [...]

January 11, 2011 // 12 Comments

A Noble Death

Kim Noble is to take his highly acclaimed show Kim Noble Will Die over to American soil and New York City. The show will make its American début at Performance Space 122’s COIL Festival. Noble is known for his role in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Man To Man With Dean Learner as well as [...]

January 11, 2011 // 1 Comment

Far From Curtains For Barratt

Following the recent airing of Julian Barratt’s Little Cracker on Sky TV, we thought it was timely to look at his directorial debut, the short film Curtains (available as one of the extras on the Journey of The Childmen DVD).  Our resident film buff, Paulyne, immersed herself in its strange, [...]

January 9, 2011 // 8 Comments

Concrete Trampoline

Legendary Boosh starting venue The Hen & Chickens is to host a new play featuring TVO regular Waen Shepherd. Concrete Trampoline is a comedy about life, death and panic attacks, where the totally hopeless meet the utterly hapless in a budget hotel room.  It promises to feature two delusional [...]

January 5, 2011 // 1 Comment

Dave Brown & Afrikids

Dave Brown has very kindly shared some exclusive images of his recent trip to Ghana in support of Afrikids with The Velvet Onion. In his recent interview with us, Dave recounted some of his Ghanian exploits to TVO: “I went and lived with a family in this tiny little district called [...]

January 4, 2011 // 6 Comments