Luxury Comedy: How Was It For You?

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After months of eager anticipation, Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy has just aired on E4. If you’ve seen it, we’d love to know what you think.

Given that a number of the people behind the show read The Velvet Onion we thought it’d be nice to offer ourselves up as a place where people could leave their comments about the show. So tell us, what did you think? What were your favourite bits? Your favourite characters? Which sketches are still making you giggle now?  Have you Series Linked Luxury Comedy for all eternity?

But what if some of it passed you by? While the majority of our readers are fans it doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to hold a negative opinion, so do tell us what you think. But please keep your comments constructive; remember, even if you don’t like something a lot of hard work and dedication has gone into making it so please respect  that.

To get things going, here’s what a couple of our Velveteers have to say about the show:

Paulyne
If any show deserves the word ‘Luxury’ in the title more than this one then I am yet to find it. It’s such a magnificent treat for your eyes it’ll leave you with an adrenaline crash a few hours later. Noel Fielding and Nigel Coan have taken the word ‘surreal’ – originally given to Boosh as a description – and turned it on its head, and added more colour and more jokes than you can imagine.

Noel exists in a tree house that looks like what I would imagine the world under a rainbow to look like. There are few and far comparisons between Fielding’s former show and I see this as his ‘Unleashed: for all the family’!

Each sketch is beautifully formed, making you look forward to each and every character’s return in the next episode. It feels like an honour to be able to take a glimpse into the minds of the creators and of course, the creators have minds to envy!  It’s a show takes everything comedy and luxury to new heights.

Mog
Several consistent themes weave through Noel Fielding’s creative output like golden threads; they’re what binds together his stand-up and his art, and what makes it recognisably and uniquely his: It’s daft and yet clever, imaginative and other-worldly, beautiful in both thought and image, and it packs a big comedy punch while offering up lovely little moments of whimsy. All of this is packed into Luxury Comedy.

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Whatever the doubters may say, there are several things that stop the show being a random hotch-potch of empty silliness: Firstly, there’s a delightfully clever logic at work here, much the same as you would find in the Boosh, only more submerged (but it’s there). Secondly, it’s simply stunning to look at; the care and attention that has gone into every detail is astonishing, and sets it apart from the tosh that’s currently cluttering up our screens. And thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, it’s a TV show with heart; it’s been created with love, care and joy – and it shows. At its core sits genuine warmth and human spirit. It’s not a show that’s up itself.

And now it’s over to you, dear Peelers. Let us know what you think about Luxury Comedy in the Comments box below…

206 Comments on Luxury Comedy: How Was It For You?

  1. When The Moon appeared, I literally screamed at my TV.
    Favourite character has got to be Dondylion, didn’t stop laughing especially at his Brucey impression. Hilarious.
    I do miss Julian, I think he levelled out the madness, but I love seeing Noel just being let loose to do whatever he wants, made me smile so much it was amazing! can’t wait until next week’s episode😀

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  2. Poppy Gentleman // January 26, 2012 at 10:33 pm // Reply

    Gonna be honest, I wasn’t too sure I was going to like it beforehand. Which was a stupid thing to think, because I was literally screaming with laughter pretty much all the way through the show.

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  3. carrythenews61 // January 26, 2012 at 10:33 pm // Reply

    a cult comedy has just been born… thank god for e4+1

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  4. Absolutely fantastic Noel should be very proud!❤

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  5. I thought it was fucking hilarious! Amazing :3 Its obvious lots of people didn’t get it, sadly. Can’t wait for next week.

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  6. That was the most incredible, mindblowing show I have ever seen. You can see just how much work they’ve all put into it, and it really is so well done. Noel and everyone involved have done themselves proud. I can’t wait for next week now!

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  7. I thought it was absolutely amazing! What an amazing piece of art work that moves! The colours leave you feeling so happy, and there’s some incredibly funny moments. Within the first 10 minutes I was crying laughing. I absolutely adore all of the art, and I can’t wait to watch more episodes. Having to wait 7 days is going to kill me. I am so happy right now you don’t even understand. What an incredible show, honestly nothing else like it! ARGH HAPPY BUNNY!

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  8. Visually the show was amazing! I did have a giggle throughout and i cant say i didnt enjoy it, but I just miss Julian Barratt!! i did enjoy it but so far it has to be said that i much prefer the boosh X

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    • ok now i feel bad for comparing the two shows cause there totally different and after starting it again and rewatching it i have to say i have fallen i love! Noel and everyone else have most deffinately done us proud!!

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  9. Noel is a beautiful genius, I absolutely loved it! It was hilarious and utterly mind-blowing, Thursdays are my new favourite day for TV xD

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  10. clair keenan // January 26, 2012 at 10:35 pm // Reply

    Ehat was sooo good,… cant wait to see the other characters next week,, Dondylion reminded me of Russell Brand,,,lol..Noel has done so well… he must be so happy,.. i would be if i were him,… well done Mr Fielding,. x

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  11. Medina-Jaye Cabaret // January 26, 2012 at 10:36 pm // Reply

    Stunningly beautiful! I have never seen anything like it! The Moon cameo was cute! Dondylion is lovely & his makeup is incredible! I especially love Andy Warhol, so fat hes my favourite🙂 keep up the great work. I cant wait until next episode!
    Lots of love from Medina xxxxxxxxxxxx

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  12. Noel’s Luxury Comedy was absolousty amazing! Easily the best show I’ve ever seen, it was so creative and original! :-)x

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  13. I have never watched so much utter shite in my life !!!!

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    • Mr. Underwood. // January 27, 2012 at 12:41 am // Reply

      Sadly, I agree.. I am a fan of Noel and a die hard Boosh fan but this was too far gone for my liking.I could see the humour he was trying to portray, but the substance that the Boosh had captured (i.e. the storyline and well rounded characters) was severely lacking.. I have a feeling that the majority of feedback on this page has been blurted out behind hipsters grimaced smiles.. Shame on you all! (You know who you are!)

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      • Nope- these people genuinely love it. It’s something that some people just…get. And others don’t. But it’s all good. Just don’t go saying that these people’s love for this show is fake- it’s a masterpiece in my view.

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      • It’s fine not to like it… but to dismiss other people’s love for the show as ‘hipster’ swagger isn’t really fair.

        It was never going to appeal to everyone, but it DOES appeal to a lot of people. We at TVO took some getting used to the pilot, but the final show was faster, more assured and ultimately, funnier. It’s a case of buying into its world – if Noel made you laugh before, he should be able to do it again here.

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    • Hahahahahaaaaa

      I liked it so much I followed Rah here

      Q

      on acid

      viewed from the roof of the art school…………

      For me, This is a good thing
      So I would like some more please ;D

      That is all.

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  14. Well, it was very… Unique. I was crying in laughter though.

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  15. Soooooo Good! Noel is amazing❤

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  16. It was amazing! Think Dondylion is going to be a personal favourite character of mine and I love that the moon made an appearance! Definitely not the boosh but equally amazing! I made me cry with laughter in the first episode so I think that proves that is meets the high expectations the Noel was faced with! Loved it!!

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  17. Emma Stevenson // January 26, 2012 at 10:36 pm // Reply

    OMG i loved Andy Warhol, and the guy with the shell for a head who danced along to sherlock was halerious i was in tears laughing!!!!
    The starting tune is so much like fleetwoodmac’s tusk it’s great, i love it!

    it CANNOT be compared to the boosh its so different, in the best way posible! I LONE IT!!!!!!!❤

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  18. MY EYES ARE BUZZING!!

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  19. I live in the states and am so glad I found a site to watch E4 online live!! Basically I’m already obsessed with Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy!! I mean I was expecting it to be hilarious because of Noel’s humor but this was beyond fantastic! I love the psychedelic style to the show and all of the characters were great! I loved when the belly gash did his impression of Michael Caine! Genius! Love the show!

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    • Kim in California // January 26, 2012 at 11:59 pm // Reply

      Where did you watch E4 live? Can you post a link?

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    • Aaa! please tell me of this magic site! it’s like all of this is happening in a parallel universe, in the far off land of Eng-land. And I must imagine it all, with only snippits of Noels photos and promos to save me from complete darkness!

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  20. Emma Veronica // January 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm // Reply

    well, i thought it was utterly amazing. My mind is officially blown. Im gonna have to rethink the rest of my life, you know, maybe change my name, dye my hair, get a boob job? Words cant even express how amazed i am. I am a very very very proud fan. Well done Noel and everyone else involved xx

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  21. Dondylion is do cute and hilarious- I love him!!!! Definitely my favourite part of the show and my fav character! Loving Noel’s green top, and the fact he mentioned Sherlock<3 and yes yes yes, series linked:D

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  22. Stephanie Chase // January 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm // Reply

    Luxury Comedy was one of the most beautiful and well constructed pieces of television I have ever seen. It oozed creativity and imagination like I’d never seen before. Noel’s comedy doesn’t just make you laugh, but it invites you into a magical world where anything is possible. I really hope people let themselves get drawn into Noel’s world and enjoy the adventure with him.

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  23. Oh my days!!!! It was soooooo brilliant!!!! I am actually in love with dondylion!!! Everyone that has worked to bring this to our screens has done a bloody good job! Well done to you all xxx

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  24. Emma Veronica // January 26, 2012 at 10:39 pm // Reply

    Well i thought it was utterly amazing. i’m gonna have to rethink the rest of my life. Change my name, dye my hair. My mind is officially blown. Noel did an amazing job. Im a very very proud fan😀 Dondilion

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  25. Noel Fielding is great but I wasn’t into this at all. The beauty of Boosh was the crazy plot and the characters working together. Bless him, he’s great but, no. I hope they make new Boosh instead.

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  26. I can’t actually describe how AMAZING it was. It was simply one of the greatest things I have ever watched in my whole life. Noel has certainly not let us down!

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  27. Wow. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but the show beat all my expectations. The animation just slots in perfectly. Sargent boombox and his gash and dondylion are by far my fav characters soo far but I can’t really describe the show but to say that it would make a baby aligator cry lemon sented tears would be an understatement🙂 x sooo amazing

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  28. Loved the ODB cell phone/wrist watch. Also died at the Big Trouble in Little China shout out. Lots of American 80s kitsch references. Love it.

    Also, Sgt Boombox and the drug dealer flea win at life.

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  29. Luxury comedy was pretty damn good. Good to see the moon back on our screens as well as the new characters. Although its hard to not compare it to the boosh, most will but noel fielding out did himself. Brilliant show. Its like spongebob on acid. … i say spongebob because of the artwork in some of the scenes and I mean it in a good way.

    Obviously he put a lot of work into the show and I really look up to him for that, he really puts everything into anything he does. Noel is a genius.
    I’m off to find Pelé

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  30. is it a football though? or is it THE SAUCER FROM THE CHINA CUP!?

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  31. I think Luxury Comedy was amazing, it was so unique and psychedelic!! The music was great and the characters were fantastic! I know a lot of people thought it wouldn’t be as good as the mighty boosh and wouldn’t compare, but the whole time watching it I didn’t really think much of the mighty boosh! I love them both equally but for different reasons and I think it’s great that Noel’s done something else, they can’t both just not do anything seperate or different to the boosh! Congratulations Noel, it was fantastic! x x x

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  32. Tayla Savill // January 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm // Reply

    I am mind blown! I would have to say my favourite characters are Noel just being Noel and Dondylion. So different yet so amazing! Noel you are one unique guy and I love you! It was also good seeing Rich and Mike and the moon! I couldn’t stop laughing and now I am singing Swingball Blues. Congratulations Noel for creating something so amazing and well done everyone involved, you have made my morning and I think many other Australians are very happy as well xx

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  33. People made me nervous (mostly Noel) that I wouldn’t LOL immediately, and it would take some committment before I got hooked, like with the Boosh.

    I laughed so loud my roommates wanted to know what the hell I’m watching.

    Next time I get a taxi, I’m going to do the flea voice “Dooo youuu taaaake caaaarddssss?”

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  34. I admit I was scared that as a fan of Boosh,this might not tickle my fancy quite the same! Oh how ashamed I am of myself for being a doubting Thomas…this was pure technicolour magic and I loved every second! Can’t remember it all,so much to take in,glad I Sky + it so I can watch again! I did love Sgt Boombox and his gashes, Figo the Fruitfly and Dondylion-you could feel his pain (insanity?!) And Andy Warhol-brilliant! I think choosing a favourite will be impossible but only time will tell!
    Visually this was beautiful and you can tell it was made with much love! Noel, Nigel and co have excelled themselves-if I was wearing a hat I would take it off to them! And now,I am away to sing ‘swingball blues’!!

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  35. that was incredible!!!! im still laughing but i must say some of it was a bit darker than i was expecting like dondylion seemed a bit disturbing but also made me laugh the most. im in love with how artistic it was i dont think i have ever watched something so beautiful. i wasnt exactly expecting mainstream but even so luxury comedy was so far beyond the realms of different and surreal it threw me a bit. then i realised that it flows better if you just disconnect and go along with it- definitely not a show for sensible people!
    all in all i absolutely adore it😀

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  36. Love it love it love it
    should be on for an hour and no adverts
    Especially loved Dondylion
    X x x a feast for the eyes x x X

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  37. what the *bleeep* was that??!! My brain is trying to process what my eyes have just witnessed! I LOVED IT!!! Dondelion is a firm favourite already! Series record button has been pressed, dont want to miss any! Congratulations to Noel and the cast and crew, their hard work and effort was certainly worth it and very much appreciated!

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  38. SO GOOD NOEL FIELDING IS A GENIUS!

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  39. My mind is blown! I thought the show was so beautiful! So much visual treats! Some parts of it I really liked, like Dondylion, amazingly dark and funny. And Renny and Gaviskon was very Dali. I did feel it was maybe a bit uneven, but then again, that’s how I felt about the Boosh the first time I saw it. I have no idea how I’ll manage having to wait a whole week to see more of it?! It’s very moreish..

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  40. It was one of the best things I have ever had the pleasure of watching. Noel has a beautiful and complex mind and I know anything from him will be wonderful. He never disappoints, always exceeding my expectations by far. I realized that he’s a bit darker than I had originally thought and that was exciting. Noel is a genius and Luxury Comedy is his masterpiece.

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  41. I had been excited for Luxury Comedy for months to the point of rambling about it (and showing the teasers) to anyone who’d let me, regardless of whether or not they had a clue of what I was talking about. I’d described it to my mother, right before she left on a trip earlier this week, as something that was sure to be life-changing for me… and when she questioned the validity of that statement, I stood by it. I knew I hadn’t seen the show yet, but considering the difference the Boosh made in my life (this necessary revelation that I am a strange person with a strange sense of humour and a ridiculous sense of style and I should never pretend to be anything less than that), I could only imagine what a plunge right into Noel’s mind would do.

    I decided a few hours ago that it’d probably be a better thing to watch the show with as little bias as possible. I knew that wasn’t entirely possible, but it felt like a worthwhile venture so that, if I liked the show (and there was never any doubt in my mind), I’d know it was because of all it was and not my existing adoration for its star and many of its featured players.

    And so I took a deep breath and sat down to watch it… and I was hooked from the instant the opening came on.

    It was funny, though, to get back to that feeling I had when I started off watching the Boosh (and I hate to keep mentioning the Boosh because I know everyone is comparing the two and I’m doing my very best not to) where I’d watch and I’d appreciate jokes but they hadn’t established themselves in my brain quite yet. There was so much to take in, every inch of it absolute artwork, but the way I felt as I watched it, I knew I liked it and I know the jokes will sneak up on me in daily life and have me doubled over laughing, and it’ll be an absolute impossibility to explain them to anyone who’s around.

    I can tell this show won’t be for everyone, but I think that makes it better. It’s more special that way, this genius and stunningly gorgeous show that’s sure to enjoy all sorts of success and respect. I, for one, came out the other end feeling lightheaded and giddy, my face hurting from smiling and laughing so hard in short bursts. I haven’t felt so excited about a TV show in a long while. Feels amazing.

    (And there ends the longest comment on the face of the internet. Thank you and goodnight! x)

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  42. I… think my brain imploded!

    It can in no way be compared to The Boosh, (perhaps with the exception of the Boosh pilot – the one with audience), but the initial reaction was the same as the first time I saw The Boosh… “What – the – hell am I watching??” and then laughing without quite knowing why…

    Luxury weirdness!🙂

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  43. Roxii solomon // January 26, 2012 at 10:50 pm // Reply

    When i first saw the adverts i was so skeptical about this.. because as many others i was comparing it too the boosh. as a massive boosh fan, with all the dvds and books, i was getting ready too hate it.

    but i screamed when it came on the tv, Noel is perfection and i could watch him all day, is it a ball?.. or is it the saucer for the cup! haha! i loved the moon reference, and i can’t wait for next weeks episode.

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  44. I absolutely adored it. When the moon came on, I actually squealed, and dondylion! It was all so beautiful, nothing like Boosh, but oh my god it was brilliant. I would like to live in Noels mind I really would. Loved every minute of it! People comparing it to Boosh need to stop because its totally different, nobody will forget about Boosh including Noel and Julian, they’ve said it might come back! So enjoy Luxcom while it’s on, and wait and see, there might be more boosh x x

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  45. Madeline Smart // January 26, 2012 at 10:52 pm // Reply

    This was so amazing. I truly think Noel is one of the most incredible comedic minds of our generation. He lured me into this show with high expectations from the Boosh and COMPLETELY blew me out of the water. The world he created was beautiful. I know whenever I feel sad or depressed I will be able to watch this show and just forget about real life. Dandylion was SUCH a brilliant character, the costumes were magnificent and the music was hypnotizing (love the opening credits). I can’t really describe my feelings this soon after the show but WOW.

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  46. BLOODY AMAZING

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  47. Luxury Comedy was the most bizarre show I have ever seen. I loved every minute of it. The music, the skits, the makeup. Everything was out of this world. It’s unlike anything anyone’s ever seen before and I literally cannot thing of enough words to describe it because it left me speechless. I have NEVER laughed so hard at a television program. I think I speak for all of the Luxury Beans when I say: THANK YOU, NOEL. Congratulations of changing television. It’ll never be the same! I look forward to seeing more! Cheers! x

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  48. Pure genius! I expected a lot and I was not disappointed. I genuinely can’t find the words to describe how happy this show already makes me. Noel is a true artist, comedian and a crazy person with a great imagination. He deserves a BIG thank you!😀

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  49. Yum. Looking forward to a second helping as this is so easily digestible! In fact, I think there should be a duel between the finger character(Roy Circles) and a dark choccie digestive biscuit. That would be smashing to see!

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  50. I loved the moon reference, it was genius!
    Dondylion and Raymond Boombox were my favourites :L I’d imagine the stuff Dondylion comes out with is actually what a lion would say if it was having a nervous breakdown :L Loved the show all together, it was so bright and colourful, you could clearly see a load of effort was put into it😀
    It’s a given, but I wish Noel and his show all the best🙂

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  51. That was a very chicken oriental 30 minutes. I love Noel, I’d do absolutely anything for him, I will continue to loudly bang the Boosh drum as I have done for the last 8 years and I will defend him valiantly to any nay sayer, but to say that was the most amazing thing I’d ever seen would be like being one of those people in the children’s story who were too scared to tell the emperor he was walking down the street in the nip. I love the concepts, I love the work that has gone into it, I love how absolutely vivid everything is, but where was the comedy? I laughed out loud when Andy Warhol broke, I murmured a chuckle at the Moon and was laughingly repulsed at Figo, for the rest of the show I just looked at the screen trying to take everything in. As a Noel Fielding vehicle it ticks every single box, a bit like the Future Sailors tour, but sadly, the actual comedy is very thin on the ground and unlike others, I feel I may just survive the week intact until next week’s offering.

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  52. Bitterly disappointed, been looking forwards to this for months barely smiled throughout, I think perhaps noels humour without the guiding hand of Julian to keep it grounded resulted in a mish mash of pain and suffering the likes of which I hope never to endure again

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  53. Okay so when I saw the first trailer for Luxury Comedy, I was really worried I was gonna hate it and cause it would be nothing like the Boosh! I mean the Boosh is like my personality, and everything I’m about, in a weird way. I’ve watched it for years, been singing the songs since before I understood most of the show, been drawing monkey faces on everything, taken inspiration from it for style, acting, music, you name it. It lets me take anything normal and turn it into something funnier.
    So basically, I didn’t want to lose that in some new TV show!!!
    But I watched Luxury Comedy tonight, and I was not disappointed. I loved it! Some people won’t understand how clever it is but it’s absoulute genius! Well done guys!
    Nat x

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  54. Well worth the anticipation😀 I ran home from class to make the show. My favorite bit was the colored pencil-cigarette with pencil shavings for ashes. Something about that was just wildly witty! Luxury Comedy is everything/nothing that/what I expected! Additionally, I have a major crush on Raymond Boombox… :p

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  55. I absolutely loved it. I really tried to look at it somewhat objectively because I’m not a fan who immediately loves everything someone does because that wouldn’t be fair. But it was just amazing.
    I’m so happy for Noel, that he was able to make this wonderful, beautiful thing that’s hilarious at the same time! It takes a lot to pull that off.
    I’m not very appreciative of the people who are constantly comparing it to the Boosh, and saying how much they miss Julien, but hey, you can’t make everyone agree with you, and it’s a shame really.
    Can’t wait for next week’s episode!!

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  56. Wildly entertaining in a staring at the TV in disbelief kind of way, quite a bit more manic and creepy than I expected. Will watch every episode without a doubt – but was it good? I don’t know…I have a feeling that the actual quality of the show was a bit lost in the sensory overload. I’ll have to watch it again

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  57. Sarah Wallis // January 26, 2012 at 11:06 pm // Reply

    I thought it was amazing🙂 it was so visually pleasing to watch and is such a breath of fresh air from all the other less creative tv series out there, I love the animation in it and I can appreciate and relate to how much time and care that has been put into making this show because im studying animation at Uni🙂. I think it is a show that Noel,Nigal and the rest of the cast should be proud of🙂 p.s favourite character has to be Sargent Raymond BoomBox with is talking wounds, the accents just make it even funnier.

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  58. All I can say is that was bloody AWESOME!!!!!!! I loved every second can’t wait for next week now😀

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  59. We’re loving everyone’s comments – lots of interesting points being made. Dondylion already seems to be a firm favourite! Thanks for taking the time to come and share your thoughts with us, both positive and otherwise. Please keep them constructive if you weren’t a fan of tonight’s episode though – and please keep em coming!

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  60. DONDYLION IS AMAZING. And the dancing to Sherlock on the radio- was literally crying with laughter! Plus the tummy-gashs’ Michael Kane impression! OMG. Also, I love the hommage to Boosh, when the Moon appeared I actually screamed aloud! Also “DOOOOOO YOUUUUU TAKEEEEE CAAAAARRDSSSS?” HAHAHAHA. I can’t even breathe. This is everything I was expecting it to be, and everything I believed Noel could create- and then some! He is genius and has a beautiful, artistic mind! Wondeful. Congratulations Noel and team! Brilliant. Loved every second. Can’t wait for next week! Happy days. Not laughed like that in a VERY long time!

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  61. bigsmellydog // January 26, 2012 at 11:16 pm // Reply

    I need to see more! Dondylion is awesome! Dave lee roth eating hula hoops had me in tears, renny and gaviskons moment was a bit hectic. But fit in with the context… I’ll be hollering “i asked for quavers!” For a long time. Great stuff. Can’t wait to see whats comin up. Dondylion t shirts?🙂

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  62. I thought Luxury Comedy was great. It was very Noel. With all the build-up and the really random clips that had been released prior to the premier, I can understand the nerves and anxiety about whether the show would land or not.

    Let me assure you, it landed. Perfectly.

    With such a wide array of characters, it would have been all too easy to jump in to each of their stories too quickly and lose the audience in the process. But the introductions were handled beautifully. They were quick, they were poignant, and they let the story continue without any kind of backstory plot holes to worry about.

    With Noel playing so many of the main characters, I was slightly worried that they would end up sounding/behaving similarly. I am very impressed with the range he showed in making each one as unique as its story.

    Although this is a large group of what appear to be random characters, I am honestly amazed that each one still has a back story and is fully fleshed out. That is outstanding. And the look of the show is fantastic! It is a truly unique show and I think it showcases the artwork/animation wonderfully. I applaud Noel and the whole Luxury Comedy team for creating a fantastic show!

    I cannot wait to see more!

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  63. Too much of surrealism. Too bizarre. He needs more down to Earth characters (like Howard Moon). I have the feeling that this is the show made for his close friends- it won’t attract a lot of viewers, especially not a new ones. Critics are going to hate it.

    I like lion and fancy German girl. Warhol is pretty good also. I just think it needs more actual jokes (I don’t mean standard jokes, just some kind of punch line). I was really happy when I saw The Moon, though.

    I’ll give it another try next week. Maybe I’ll love it then.

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  64. here’s what i think – i kind of feel, after having read his scribblings of a madcap shambleton, that what noel likes most of all is just creating stuff. it’s not meant to be super-intellectual (not that luxury comedy was dumb – it wasn’t stupid at all, it’s just not, y’know, political satire) but it is meant to be enjoyed for what it is. stories & characters & glitter & things. no real messages, just bright colours & soft fabrics.

    it doesn’t compare to the boosh, & it doesn’t need to. it’s its own thing. & while i had no real emotional reaction to it (you need central characters to get emotionally attached, i think) i just – enjoyed it. like art for art’s sake, it’s noel scribbling for scribbling’s sake. & that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

    i think maybe that’s why it’s LUXURY comedy. it’s all icing on top of a weird cake. it doesn’t have to be anything more meaningful than what it is, which is fun strange brain bubblings on tv, silly hats & lots of makeup. & even though that makes it sound totally superficial (which in a sense, it is, though again, that’s not a bad thing) the fact that this kind of colourful, shallow fun is such an antidote to everything that is fucking bland & dreary about the world makes it significant & paradoxically kind of meaningful.

    but you know. tl;dr – i liked it.

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  65. It was fantastic loved every min of it. Can not wait for next week. Well done noel!!!!!!!!!!!!😀

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  66. Amazing! Really liked it. You should be proud! Great to see you back on tv! Noel is a comedy God! So quirky and funny. Cannot wait for the next episode! Xx

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  67. it was just awesome, and the moon was there :’D i just loved too much.
    Is awesome that Noel has another space to express himself, that’s nice cause he’s a genius.

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  68. I guess it’s absolutely genius. It totally blew my mind and my brain is out now and I like it. I wanna see his faces and images more and more. It’s shiny, coloured, mad and I can’t wait next week.

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  69. It took me about 3 seconds, but I’m in love. I didn’t laugh out loud but only because I have very thin walls and I’ve had people complaining about me laughing at night before. I may have a wee giggle later in bed when I’m going through it all again in my head. I’m really looking forward to more. Dondylion was definitely my favorite, but I loved the Pele painting story too. And dude, the art and sets and costumes and animation and the whole visual experience is just stunning, I think for me that’s actually the best of it so far. I still have to develop like, more of an attachment to the characters and so on.
    To be perfectly fair, I don’t know if this is comedy or performance art. Both, probably.

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  70. Luxury Comedy is truly beautiful. It’s like watching a painting come to life which makes it all the more spectacular! For a lot of the show I was just admiring the make-up, clothes and scenery of it all, as everything was just bursting with colour.
    The characters and comedy were just genius as was expected and I love all the little subtle touches they would do, such as when the man who invented the first colouring pencil, casually tapping his pencil-cigarette to get the sharpening-ashes off it.
    The Boosh got better and better from the first episode and Luxury Comedy will do the same and now I cannot wait to see what more surprises Noel has in store for us.

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  71. Loved it , totally mental , is it a ball or is it the saucer for the cup , classic Noel , brilliant gutted am back at sea Sunday an.gonna miss it next week

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  72. Francesca Pears (@profoundpanda) // January 26, 2012 at 11:32 pm // Reply

    I have waited months for Luxury Comedy and I have to say, all the waiting paid off, It was brilliant. Noel has the mind of a genius, his material is so surreal and eccentric that it shouldn’t work. But, it does. I’m so happy for Noel and how far he’s come. Here’s to another award winning show! You’ve done yourself proud, Noel.

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  73. I loved the show, Dondylion is a definite favourite and I the opening credits were magical! Also loved all the little touches like Renny and Gaviscon popping out of a car/toaster- brilliance!

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  74. Luxury comedy was simply magical. Every detail, even the smallest features in the background were created beautifully, you can see just how much work has gone in to making the series and for me the work has paid off as i enjoyed every minute!!! ‘Ooh,yeah’ is singing in my head over and over again and loving Mr. Dandylion🙂 Thanks for all the Hard work, luxury comedy team, from all the way over here in Australia! xx

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  75. I wish I wish I wish I lived in Noel’s head – what a beautiful place to be!! xx LOVE Dondylion, Pele, choccie finger man (sorry didn’t catch his name) – and am now obsessing about Noel’s sparkly green top and fighting the urge to paint my face blue ;oD Just want to watch it again now, to catch the bits I’m sure I missed… well done Mr Fielding! xx

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  76. WHEEEEEEEEEEEE….. I Am iN tHe MiDdle oF a RaiNbOw fUelLed CoMe DoWn.
    GeNiUs!
    AbSoLUte GENiUs!
    PuT mE dOwn for moRE SaME tIMe NeXT wEEk!

    THank yOu for A LOvely tImE😀 x

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  77. What can I say…………….?????

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  78. Gotta admit I was a little worried if this could work. But I thought it was brilliant, excellent work guys and well done to 4 for having the balls to put out a show like this.

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  79. Hi TVO🙂 absolutely

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  80. I wasn’t sure what to expect, certainly nothing like the boosh, but once I got used to the crazy I think it was absolutely brilliant, I was crying with laughter at some parts! I loved all the characters, especially Dandylion, screamed at my tv when the moon came on, and will definitely be watching next week!
    It’s a shame people are comparing it to the mighty boosh so much, it’s a great tv show in it’s own right.

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  81. Not everyone is going to get it, and I think that’s the point,
    LET IT MAKE YOU UNCOMFORTABLE, LET IT FREAK YOU OUT, LET IT TICKLE YOU, LET IT LEAVE YOU CONFUSED AND ALL FIZZY!
    Thats what this boring, depressed little country needs, colour, brightness, something to shake people out of their desperatley dull little heads and blow their fucking minds clean out.
    Not everyone can think in that way, but I can, and do, as do many of the wonderful people who get it, so Noel and all the peeps who created, thank you, to all those who cant quite get their tiny little minds round it…..fuck off and read a newspaper or something, love Dee xxxx

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  82. Fantastic! Absolute genius at work, a complete assault on the senses (in a nice way)To begin with the whole thing was almost too much and I hated myself – I’ve been looking forward to it for ages. But I think it’s kind of like Boosh, but more so – it takes a minute to get it almost. Obviously, like everyone I miss the Boosh but I loved the poignancy behind all the hilarious characters – I loved Dondelion particularly, and of course the moon made me laugh so much “I’m not in this show!”. It’s also incredibly fast and complex, which was great – I watched it twice through straight away to make sure I didn’t miss anything! Basically I’m on a complete high after all that surrealism, so exciting – can’t wait for next week! Aaaaaaaaahhh!

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  83. ria meredith // January 27, 2012 at 12:01 am // Reply

    the show has completed my life and now this is the best thing I’ve watched on tv since the boosh, it was amazing, epic, awesomeeee, can’t wait till next weeks show, can’t wait to see what it brings, hope it lives up to the high standards its set itself tonight, it was truely amazing, congratulations noel, your really a true inspiration! keep doing what your doing!

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  84. Wow, er, well… It was completely beautiful – absolutely stunning visually – the amount of work and passion that have gone into it are clearly apparent. The characters were brilliant, and I’m looking forward to seeing them develop over future episodes – Dondylion is my favourite so far – compelling and disturbing yet hilarious at the same time… I hope John sets him free! I loved the little ‘throwaway’ jokes, like the pencil sharpening ashes and the battle damaged cheese, and the Pele ramblings had me in fits. The only part that left me slightly nonplussed was the kitchen scene, but all was forgiven when the alabaster retard spun into view :o). Noel and his crew have created something unique and exciting, and I hope he feels proud of how it’s been received – can’t wait for next week! xxx

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  85. ria meredith // January 27, 2012 at 12:04 am // Reply

    the show has completed my life and now this is the best thing I’ve watched on tv since the boosh,
    ‘I’m the moon, I’m not in this show’ I was absolutely buzzing when he appeared on my screen, but my favourite character has to be dondylion ‘I asked for quavers!’
    Its so funny, it was amazing, epic, awesomeeee, can’t wait till next weeks show, can’t wait to see what it brings, hope it lives up to the high standards its set itself tonight, it was truely amazing, congratulations noel, your really a true inspiration! you should be proud!:D

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  86. Jazz the Luxury Bean x // January 27, 2012 at 12:09 am // Reply

    Hi TVO🙂 I Absolutely adored the first Luxury Comedy :’) I think Dondylion is my favourite so far but I also love Roy Circles, Seargent Raymond Boombox, Smooth, Dolly, the naive robotic Andy Warhol and of course Noel😉 I just love all of them, they are beautiful and its a beautiful little world to escape to x The Swingball Blues song is amazing!😉 I just ADORE it all x Noel should be so proud :’), same for Nige and everyone else x Pure psychadelic beauty that could easily be three hours long in my peepers😉 Yeah I said peepers for eyes because I am happy with my environment… Its been an hour and Noel fans can already quote Luxury Comedy x This is exactly what the world needed, its like a new Monty Python or The Goons- It will be timeless x Something really amazing was born tonight and it is going to be huge😉 So glad it was commissioned, people need something like LC to stop their brains from being so serious😉 Reality is depressing so escape as often as possible😉 And never stop questioning the nature of reality😉 which begs the question… IS it a football?.. Or is it the saucer for the cup?… :O (mind=blown) x x x

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  87. shit. -was a fan of the boosh but this is just random unfunny nonsense. hoping for improvements ep2..sigh.

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  88. I really enjoyed it (: it was a visual delight, and I LOVED when sherlock came on😀

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  89. I found a link on Fulcher’s twitter and caught most of the show as it aired. Tomorrow I have a feeling I am going to have “The Swingball Blues” ALL day and no one in Jasper Georgia is going to know what the Brian Christ I am on about. They will think I’ve gone wrong in my mind tank..

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  90. what a disappointment … obviously julian barratt was the brains behind the Boosh … this noel fielding solo attempt had no laughs or point to it … andy warhol’s sparky head raised a chuckle but nothing else … not to be compared with TMB but how many boosh fans will be weeping tonight … no wonder Howard Moon never wanted to put his name to this tosh

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  91. Heather (@itsHeatherShaw) // January 27, 2012 at 12:33 am // Reply

    I bloody loved the show! I’d seen that people had pre-ordered the dvd but decided to hold back and wait until it aired to see if actually liked it, and I was soooo nervous! Partly because I have Noel’s name tattooed on me and thought, ‘Jesus, if I hate this new show I’m fudged!’ but luckily I loved it! The final like 10 seconds when Noel catches the ball and looks to the camera had me roaring with laughter and trying not to spit the tuna I was eating everywhere! Dondelion was also a fave of mine to as it seems to be with a lot of others. Also, ‘Do you take cards?’ had me crying with laughter as well, and when Sgt. Boombox referred to the cut on his arm as ‘his gash’ I was laughing so much because me and my friends say ‘gash’ as in vagina. Absolutely genius!

    Well done Luxury Comedy team. MIND BLOWN! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  92. I have to admit, I’ve been horrendously sceptical about Luxury Comedy over the past few weeks. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to separate Noel and The Boosh and therefore, be slightly freaked out by what had been described as an entirely odder, more (although I hate to use the word) “surreal” style of comedy. I was all set to be disappointed…but then I watched it.
    And it’s BLOODY FANTASTIC. Yes, Luxury Comedy is a completely different beast from the Boosh but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I found my self laughing out loud at a great deal of it (“Dooooooo Youuuuuuuu Takeeeeee Caaaaaaaaaaaaard??” being one of the more obvious comedy moments). And it was so clear throughout that Noel, Nigel and the rest of the production crew had worked their little arses off to make this as beautiful and utterly spellbinding as it was.

    The New York Cop (who’s name unfortunately escapes me) worked brilliantly well and DondyLion was equally as fantastic (and it has to be said that I was actually quite impressed with Noel’s acting skills in that sketch. He surprised me).
    Basically, I was ready to be underwhelmed and yet I was completely blown away by it all. ABSOLUTELY STUNNING WORK FROM ALL INVOLVED. Perfect first episode…here’s to many, many, many more.

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  93. WOWSERS! 87 comments so far! Is that a personal best for T.V.O? I have not read every comment, but I really loved it. And I can see I am not alone in my love of the lion. Is it my dear friends a reminder of that lion we all loved from childhood – that wonderful kind beast from the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe? Having said that this lion was far funkier, edgier and a whole lot sexier! Check out that arse in that lovely luxury mustard velour suit and that tail! But we all felt for him trapped in that cage being ignored by that bastard of zoo keeper! I felt like my mind went on a luxury holiday and wants to go back there straight away. Very different from the Boosh – but still a flavour there. Julian was not there to counterbalance him – but this is Noel’s vehicle and he’s driving! That’s not to say I don’t love them together (I do) but this had Noel’s name on it. There’s so much in there and it is one of those things that you can watch time and time again and pick out a piece – a small nuggett that you missed first time round. I can’t wait for next week and I think (from the look of it) that it is a resounding success. Not that everyone will like it. But who cares about them anyhow! Congratulations Noel and all the team that made the show. We’re looking foward to next week already! Love youxx

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  94. Rachel Broad // January 27, 2012 at 1:37 am // Reply

    I’m at uni & can’t afford a telly, so cooked some extra noodles while waiting for Luxury Comedy to pop up on 4od.
    It was definitely worth the wait! I loved it so much – the characters are all so original & wonderfully weird (and the inclusion of The Boosh’s Moon made me chuckle!)

    Looking forward to tuning in next week!!

    Love, Rachel xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  95. I got a buzz like from eating candy when watching Luxury Comedy! I watched it via a live link (I’m in Canada) and I got the biggest adrenaline rush when it came on, I was that excited for it. I was either laughing or being non-plussed as I watched it but everything was delightful, absurdly so. When it was over, I came off feeling so much lighter and absolutely giddy – that metaphorical sugar buzz again. I love Dolly Wells’ character and she is immediately my favourite character next to Noel. I loved the Pele drawing, when I saw the preview for it I thought it was very clever. And the guy smoking the crayon, that was genius with the ash as pencil shavings. So whimsical! It just gets better as you play it over in your head and even more with repeated viewings, I’ll bet. I can’t remember the last time I’ve ever anticipated and been this excited for a show so much.

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  96. Jessi Nikole (@dearambellina) // January 27, 2012 at 2:35 am // Reply

    Can someone PLEASE fill me in if they know of a way to watch this in Canada? Somehow? I can’t handle missing out on Noels’ glory and brilliance!

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  97. I was a big fan of boosh but this really didn’t work for me. Just being random for the sake of it isn’t funny. A couple of the sketches actually really made me laugh, like the lion, and the seashell head guy. But mostly it just made me feel a bit sick and by the end I literally just felt sorry for Noel, I think he’s really lost the plot now

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  98. Noels luxury comedy was awful. An absolute pile of crap. It wasnt even a bit funny. The boosh was supurb. This was shit.

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  99. Brendons ghost // January 27, 2012 at 3:44 am // Reply

    I feel if my brain had some how been impaired in some way I would have been amused, unfortunately other than the occasional little reference such as the robotic Andy Warhol the show is missing one of the crucial elements of a comedy, humour.

    Yes like countless persons above it was visually pretty, no doubt thanks to the increased budget but I would rather have something with more comedy content than something devoid of value other than the artificial.

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  100. (I dont condone drug taking but) If you were to inject L.S.D directly into your eyeballs, this TV show would be the psychedelic comedic trip that would follow. Surreal, funny and totally amazeballs!!🙂

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  101. Sat for a few minutes at the start being genuinely concerned that I would be disappointed as I love the boosh as if it were my own miss understood child. However it has to be said that for the most part this was utter brilliance!!! Pure belly laughs!
    I salute mr Fielding….. Well done sir! Now off to watch it again

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  102. Absolutely fantastic. Dondylion had me positively screaming with laughter and the conch that dances to Sherlock homes was amazing. I hope people don’t give this negative reviews because they don’t understand it. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!

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  103. I got the chance to watch the show live during my dinner break at work. I have to say I really enjoyed it for the most part. I wasn’t a big fan of the cooking segment. I think Rich’s character really saved that part. The rest of the show was hilarious. I can’t wait to see more.

    Oh and the theme song is fantastic. I want a copy of that.

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  104. I laughed out loud four times in 23 minutes. I liked all the colours. But it was darker than I expected. (I didn’t know Noel had sadness in him.) I want it on DVD already.

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  105. Not one single laugh from me I’m afraid.

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  106. Nessa Frankling // January 27, 2012 at 9:27 am // Reply

    sheer genius and inspiration, so full of life and colour and bewilderment!

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  107. I loved it. I think a couple jokes might have been a bit over my head, but overall it was a delightful experience. I think some people are trying too much to compare it to the Boosh, I think Luxury Comedy and the Boosh are two very different things linked only by Noel. But for what it’s worth, this American LOVED it and I’ll def be tuning in again next week (bless the internet)

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  108. Shegullstrikes // January 27, 2012 at 9:31 am // Reply

    I was in hysterics all the way through – I loved the characters and the fabulous costumes. It reminded me of how I used to laugh at Reeves and Mortimer (The Smell Of and Big Night Out) back in the 90s. Awesome, already looking forward to next week’s episode. Bring on the randomness!

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  109. I am a huge Boosh fan but I went into this with an open mind not expecting the Boosh. To be honest I wasn’t that impressed in the beginning, then I saw the Moon. It threw me off. It felt like a attempt to bring back part of the boosh. Yet from what I’ve heard from Noel in interviews that wasn’t what he wanted. It seemed like a cheap ploy at luring more boosh fans in.
    That being said the two coworkers I watched it with who had never heard of Noel or the Boosh loved it.
    It isn’t that I disliked it. I just didn’t find all the characters to be that well developed. I loved Dondylion. It felt very similar to Noels stand up.
    Anyway I’m probably just rambling on at this point. Still enjoyed the show. Will continue to watch. Love the group of people involved in this and wish the show the best of luck. It is definitely one of the most fun shows on right now.

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    • Interesting point about The Moon. Personally, I took that to be a sly nod to Boosh fans to indicate this clearly WAS a different show… the fact that his one line of dialogue was “I’m not in this show.” suggests a line being drawn in the sand. I may be wrong, and we haven’t asked Noel hat his intention was, but that’s how it felt to me.

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  110. Gina Kerrigan // January 27, 2012 at 9:49 am // Reply

    The show is a possible cure for S.A.D Syndrome: the dazzling colours and uplifting humour drive away negativity and general winter malaise. As a village elder, I was reminded of Spike Milligans Q series in the 1980’s. Humour that is truly unique, imaginative yet suitable for all ages. Remarkable. More whelks, please.

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  111. The Lion was my favourite character by far!! hilarious!! people are going a bit hard after one episode though, ya have to give it a chance, i bet half the people that seen the boosh for the first time had to take a second look to fully ‘get it’. I thought it was v good and i think itll only get better..

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  112. I’m well aware that The Velvet Onion is the comfort zone for Noel, so I’m not surprised he’s getting some positive feedback here, but let me let you in on some proper factual info – the reviews elsewhere are far from good. If you’re taking the slant on this show purely from the Noel Support Group here, you really should broaden your input to get the real reaction to his new show.

    Noel – I think you were quite brilliant in The BOOSH, but this new material you’re producing just doesn’t work. I hate to say it, but not one laugh exited my lips last night during the first show. I would say maybe things will get better with viewing, but I think I already know the answer to that one. Believe me, I’ve almost busted a few blood vessels watching The BOOSH, so please don’t mistake me for someone without a keen sense of humour.

    I think you’re a top bloke, Noel, but please stop relying on your support group to up-you on EVERYTHING you’re involved with. That might sound harsh, but it’s meant with good meaning from someone who wishes you well. Grasp the nettle, and take time to read reviews for your new show elsewhere too, and not just here where you feel loved and safe.

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    • We’re really not intending to be a ‘comfort zone’ for anyone. If we were, your comment wouldn’t have been published.😉

      Absolutely nothing wrong with criticism as long as its constructive. We’ve not always been glowing with our reviews either… but we do try to find a positive side to act as a counter argument to any disappointments.

      Also, Noel is well aware of reviews across the media. We’re not letting people comment here just for him… this is a chance for fan feedback, good and bad – and its up to the team at Secret Peter if they read the results or not. Reviews in the press have been mostly positive… but this is definitely a Marmite show.

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  113. weeeellll, it was…
    I don’t quite know how to describe it.
    It was a bit like the first time I watched the Boosh, I didn’t laugh because I had yet to discover the beauty of it, get accustomed to the weirdness and the madness behind it and, not being a native English speaker, I didn’t understand everything. not the words, I understand them all right, but the wit and the meaning of it all.
    I don’t have a TV and there are only two shows I regularly watch on live streams as they air (one of which is Sherlock🙂 ), so I don’t really know what TV is like these days but I suspect if it was more like Luxury Comedy, I would watch more telly!

    I was overwhelmed by all the colours and costumes and characters and voices, but in a very good way!

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  114. You don’t know how many times I died watching this! Most beautiful thing on the Tellybox EVER!

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  115. I can’t wait for next week’s episode. I’m not surprised Noel and the team are proud of themselves, because they should be – that was stunning. I think ‘stunning’ is the right word, as well. It was a lot more disturbing than I expected and honestly makes me question the sophistication of my sense of humour because whilst I really appreciate all the really clever, subtle little references and touches (the Pele drawing that threaded through and kept the whole episode tied together was ace, plus certain character names, little touches – Rocket Lollies <3) the parts that made me laugh the most were basically stupid voices and poo references. The whole Renny and Gaviskon scene made me cry with laughter (even their names make me laugh, cute an clever) and 'Do you take cards?'. The chefs and Secret Peter are my favourites so far. I don't think I'm cut out for all the dark stuff – Dondylion didn't make me laugh but my word he totally drew me in, immediate suspension of disbelief, I just wanted to rescue him!
    Can't stop thinking about it. It was entrancing.

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  116. I loved it so much! I though it was just wonderful. I had to watch it again this morning as loved it so much! I can’t choose my favourite bit or my favourite character because it is just too amazing! I do miss Julian a bit but I think that’s just because we’re used to seeing them together but oh well, it was still amazing. Very excited for next week. Well done Noel🙂 xx

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  117. I’m afraid I was disappointed.
    I laughed at the lion saying “I’m having a brain snap” and the man with the shell on his head, but for the most part I was just frowning at the TV and cringeing slightly.
    Sorry if this sounds a bit harsh. I really love Noel Fielding, I think he’s hilarious, but he seems to work better when he’s “bouncing off” of someone else; I mean in terms of interaction. For me, the best thing about the Boosh was the chemistry between him and Julian: if you take away the weirdness of it all, it is for the most part two blokes bickering- and it’s that banter which, I feel, gives the show its warmth.
    It’s the same when Fielding does Buzzcocks: the way he interacts with the other guests and Phill Jupitus seems so natural and what he does the best. In Luxury Comedy, there are so many characters and short sketches that we don’t really have a chance to get to know them, they don’t seem to be developed, they are just short skits. It lacks the personal side that the Boosh had, and that is made more apparent by the lack of a coherent storyline.
    It reminded me of Moonwalker, Michael Jackson’s 1988 film- which incorporated live action with mad plasticine people and animals, animations and general madness- but it still managed to have an (albeit highly disturbing) plot and purpose. And Michael Jackson was crazy, but in a good way, and it worked. That really was like looking inside his head. Much as I love Fielding, I felt personally that he seemed to be trying a bit too hard… if that makes sense. (please don’t think I am comparing Fielding to Jackson!)
    Yes, the costumes were great and the colours were fabulous, but if the substance of the show itself is lacking, the aesthetic appeal won’t save it. A lecturer wouldn’t say to me at University “This is a terrible essay, but I can see you really tried so you can have a first”.
    Bad analogy I know.
    I just feel that Fielding knows he already has a big audience, but what he risks doing is alienating some of that audience by making them feel like they can’t cope with the “weirdness” of it all. He said that some people “have problems with logic” (Telegraph, 26/1/12 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/9032641/Mighty-Booshs-Noel-Fielding-Im-a-bit-like-a-child.html) but I don’t feel that is the case… we need to know what we are watching! By suggesting that the logic thing is a problem, it seems as if he is actively alienating those who don’t like it- but really it is a matter of personal opinion.
    I am afraid to say that looking at Facebook last night, my opinions were shared by a number of others!

    I hope I haven’t offended anyone and that this makes sense and provides some interest. Apologies if I have offended. I definitely will be watching episode 1 again, because after all it did make me smile and there may have been bits I missed. As Noel said, some things are like a difficult album and you have to get your head round them. I will also continue watching the series as it may be a grower!

    But thanks for letting me share my opinion. x

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    • Sally – I wish I could have kept my cool as you did while commenting here. My views are the same as yours, but I just couldn’t tone it down. I too was frowning at my TV. I almost turned over to another channel several times out of embarrassment on Noel’s behalf. I couldn’t stand him making a tit of himself, but I had to watch it to the end to form an honest opinion. I don’t think you need to apologise to people here to share your view, and one thing I’ve noticed about this site is you can express your genuine opinion without being flamed – well, so far so good.

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  118. It’s a shame some people don’t ‘get it’. They are expecting something like a talk show comedian to talk bland and make them laugh. They need to understand that Noel’s work is very well though, or maybe just completely random, but it’s beautiful. I personally didn’t laugh, but I was amused. I admired every little detail and recognised how much work was put into it, the characters were legendary, my favourite was the fly drug dealer guy lol. I can’t wait to see next weeks episode.

    Truly talented, Mr Fielding. Good luck with the rest of your work.

    Kelly x

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  119. brilliant… been looking forward to this for a while. Definitely didn’t disappoint, and I believe that like the Boosh will be something to watch time and time again only to pick up on all that was missed…. Noel should be proud of what clearly is a work of love. Looking forward to next weeks episode

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  120. I had the most enormous grin on my face for the rest of the night and I had felt shit before !, I call it ”The Fielding effect” I was just completely engrosed in it, I recorded it and kept it and it quite frankly inspired me to get my designing cap on again. Loved every minute of it Noely ! x

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  121. Loved the new York cop great to see something new on tv.I thought it was clever laughed inside and out loud great work x

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  122. Aimee louisa // January 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm // Reply

    It was literally the best show evarr! Noel was fabuuulous! i think he has done brilliantly! Cannot actually wait for next weeks show! Going to be AMAZING! xxx Well done! xxx

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  123. Im soooo stoked to have seen this! The familiar faces made it all the better!!! A weird evolution of the boosh… these are truly the only things i bust up to and get excited about! I dont think i could have ever imagined the awesome caliber, even while in teens taking lsd. Thank you! i’ll stick with this until it all dies, but hopefully it comes back to haunt me;) fuckin rad!!! meow

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  124. Right then. Firstly thankyou Velvetys for giving us space to rant! x

    While I was waiting to get to see the show I allowed myself to read what other people were saying, and although I wasn’t surprised I was still saddened to see the inevitable comparisons to the Boosh – sad because people felt the need to find….what are we shortening it to? LC? LuxCom? Genevieve?….anyway sad that people compared the show to the Boosh and found it wanting. Why?? What honestly made them think it would be the same and what gives people the right to demand it be so? So much “Where’s Julian? It’s not the same without Julian!” on the ‘net today – and it’s such a narrow-minded argument that even making it is so ridiculously unfair on not only the cast but Julian as well.

    Eh my S/O had a laff at me for getting on my soapbox about it before, so I’ll stop ranting and just tell you that guess what – if you want to compare it to the Boosh then here goes: it may not have the same characters, it may not have the same story arc or the same contexts and subtexts and blah blah blah. But it is still grand and generous with its imagination, unashamed of its eccentricity, warm as a purring kitten and just like every imaginary friend you had as a kid – roof-climbingly crayon-drawingly sweet-eatingly daft. It’s what you thought you saw out of the corner of your eye and can’t wait to see again.

    It’s art. We heart art, right? I’m smitten anyway.🙂

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  125. I can only assume most people posting here are 13~19 years old, female (or a few males of course), with an unhealthy Noel Fielding fixation and slightly damp knickers. Being high on something illegal may also explain quite a few responses. This is the only site I’ve found so far to have praise for this rubbish. I’ve suspected for a while now that Julian Barratt was the real talent behind the mighty boosh, and that juvenile puerile excuse for a comedy show last night only confirms as much. Noel fielding has in the past compared himself to Salvador Dali, Captain Beefheart, and Spike Milligan. I think he owes those people a sincere apology after that tripe I witnessed last night. It seems he could wipe his backside and people here would gush on and on about how creatively he did so, and “Oh, what a genius.” My word, time to get a grip.

    I’ll have a stab in the dark here; the person responsible for giving the go ahead for this show was a young female Noel Fielding fan. I’d bet £50 on it. Let me know if you know different. I would genuinely like to be proved wrong or right on that one. Either way, I’d like to know.

    I’ll be amazed if this message is allowed on here. Kudos to the admin if it is.

    Rant over with.

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    • Thanks for your contribution Mike. We understand that Luxury hasn’t been for everyone but we hope that people can take on board that fact that the show was made with love and that the reason for it’s commission is because true potential was seen in it.

      It’s understandable that people will make the assumption that Noel has tried to re-make the Boosh without Julian – but that is not the case. This is Noel and Nigel’s completely separate vision.

      I also must add that stereotyping the fans of the show is uncalled for – the demographic spans far and yes, they may carry on from the Boosh but if there are Boosh fans that are still appreciating Noel’s work separately then we have nothing but respect for that.

      Thank you again for your contribution Mike, we do like to hear what our readers have to say and if you have been a past reader then we hope you can respect your fellow peelers and accept their separate judgement from yours. If you are not, then we wish you luck in your future comedy endeavours.

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    • I’m amazed that this message was allowed on here. No real kudos to the admin for it, though. Such snobbish sexism. Sad to read.

      You are welcome to your negative opinion about the show, of course, Mike, hate away! But there is no need to be sexist/misogynistic. Your tack (speculating meanly about the gender and age (the “quality”?) of the viewers) just makes you sound like a foolish snob and a bully.

      To be “young and female” is no worse than to be “young and male” (the latter combo I hope/assume you to be, or else you would have grown out of such scornful gender stereotyping.)

      (PS – Please read ‘The Intellectuals & the Masses’ by Peter Carey. It may go some way to puncturing your prejudices.)

      Yours sincerely,
      a not-particularly-young female viewer

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    • Er… Mike? You freak ;P (winking-face-with-it’s-tongue-out so you don’t get offended and cry your li’ll eyes out) I’m 28, I don’t fancy Noel and I love the show! If you’re just going to be an ignoramus towards the production etc behind the show, shove off and go do something productive with your life.
      Sounds like you have (what a lot of guys have) Noel envy. I would prescribe something for this but that would be illegal as I’m an Artist not a doctor but I suggest taking several trips to Galleries, Museums etc hell, even a Library or a Book Store.
      Life is to short to have such a stinking attitude. If you don’t like something don’t pay attention to it. I thought you would have learned that last year in 3rd year…?

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  126. I loved it!!!! Literally dancing away, Some people didnt get into it but i keep telling them it may take time to get into it.
    But LOVED it!! So happy to see everyone especially noel, back on screen!! Dont know his name, but my favourite character was the dancing shell. Made me piss myself laughing😀 Exited for next week!!!!❤

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    • Sidney St. Pooner // January 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm // Reply

      Noel just pulled a ‘kings of Leon’. Last night was his sex is on fire moment. Lots of female fans but credibility in tatters. If he didn’t have the boosh to return to in the future this would of had career killer written all over it. Seriously unfunny, utterly cringe inducing but it had lots of pretty colours.

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      • I agree. It was the definition of ‘unfunny’.

        “I know, I’ll paint a Cornflake box silver, put pink pom-poms on the side, paint my face green, and call myself . . . ?”

        Give me a break!

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  127. This new show is really getting some strong reactions!

    Are we allowed URLs here? Anyway, here’s at taste of what others are saying about it (page 2 of the comments to get people’s reaction).

    http://www.comedy.co.uk/forums/thread/23593/3/

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  128. Obviosuly I was looking forward to it from the start but when the adverts started poping up I was a little aprehensive that it may not turn out to be as good as I was hopeing. It didn’t shock me because I was expecting it to be wierd after all it is noel and we all know what he’s like. I got a bit annoyed with people saying they miss julian because this is a seperate project and I know they’l work together again when their ready so stop bugging them about it.

    For me its sort of like seeing new boosh characters on their own before vince and howard have met them, (like if you saw the tin man commenting on his life just before dorothy came along and shook everything up) I cant help but wonder how we’d feel about old greg and the hitcher if they had first been introduced in this way. The animated characters are like cutaways without the set up, like the coy carp from the boosh. I see it ase noel’s digital scrap book of characters. Eaither way it made me smile and some of the details were pretty clever.

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  129. It took me a good half hour after my first viewing to even have any words to speak about Luxury Comedy, other than to say that I loved it, which strange because I normally never stop talking. But Luxury Comedy is mind-blowing in the best of ways, and it took me a moment to gather back the fragments of my exploded consciousness and piece it back together, so I go find the right vocabulary to talk about this show, and what it does, and how it makes me feel.

    I can say now unreservedly that I do love it (more so with each viewing–and it is strangely addictive, this show). Visually, it’s VERY beautiful–colorful, lush, stunning, intricately detailed–and I already feel very fond towards the characters. Sgt. Boombox is a favorite for me, with his never-healing wound, and I think I’m half in love already with Tom Meeten’s robotic Andy Warhol. (The voice alone had me laughing.) And Dondylion… Dondylion is a show-stopper. He’s compelling. Really darkly funny, obviously, but beneath that, there’s so much more, and I was fascinated by the contrast between his almost sort of manic need to convince himself that there’s still hope–and the bursts of total panic and despair when he thinks about how alone and humiliated and trapped he is. He’s slowly going mad, and it’s humorous and heartbreaking at the same time.

    The show won’t be everybody’s cup of tea. And yes, it benefits from a genuinely open mind and repeat viewings—it’s very dense with stuff, and there’s a lot of nuance to appreciate once your mind has recovered from exploding. I was amazed at how much more I got out of it on only my second viewing. (People who found it a bit manic on the first go-round might be surprised at how it plays on a second watch–the pacing evens out when you’ve got a better feel for this world.) Also, as with the Boosh but even more so here, I think it’s really important to pay attention to the character themselves, as people, and the emotional and comedy content of the situations. That’s where the logic is–and there IS logic, very clever logic. But if you’re too hung up on the fact that a character is a chocolate finger, or a lion, or a fly, then you’re going to miss the really warm, human characters behind those labels.

    But anyway, it’s wonderful, and I personally love it very much, and it reminds me a lot of the sort of wonderfully weird and psychedelic programs that I grew up watching and enjoying as a kid. It’s been ages since I’ve seen anything like that, and that was a welcome blast of nostalgia–even though it is also true that there’s never been anything quite like this before.

    I am also deeply impressed that in this day and age of bland programming that assumes its audience are morons, somebody has the guts to try something very different and challenge viewers and make something with an actual artistic point of view.

    So… yeah. I loved it. I accept that some people don’t care for it. But I’m heartened to see how many people do. And I can’t wait for next week, to have my brain exploded all over again.

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  130. It is amazingly visually compelling, and the Andy Warhol reference and Dondelion character were highlight for me, but I’m not sure about it otherwise. It took a while for the Boosh to grow on me, so I’ll give this some time and keep watching for a while.

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  131. atsushimistress // January 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm // Reply

    I am very much a Noel fan, and the mighty boosh is one of my favourite programs of all time. That being said, I must admit I was disapointed with Luxury comedy.

    I genuinely admire the creativity and surreal artistic vision behind the show, but aside from a few chuckles (the beginning with the cereal and captain boombox) most of it left me cold. I think the reason it doesnt work for me is that Noel needs a straight man to sort of ‘reel’ him in as it were, as Julian did in the boosh. I think with the boosh there was the perfect mix of surrealism and straight talking comedy, with a storyline to follow, in each episode. This however is to much randomness mashed in together. There appeared to be too many scenes with him acting with nothing to break it up before it became too drawn out. I hope the next few episodes will prove me wrong but I am sad to say that I am disappointed.

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  132. There’s an infinite amount of comments I could make to describe last night’s first show but perhaps it will suffice to say that, due to fascination along with indecisive wonderment and thorough enjoyment, I just watched the episode for the fifth and sixth times.

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  133. It’s official. Noel Fielding isn’t funny anymore. Viewing numbers will decide the fate of this damp squib. Oh dear me, what was he thinking? It was embarrassing from start to end. I’ll watch one more, but if it’s anything like the first one, count me out for sure. Can we have The Mighty Boosh back, please!?

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  134. Lizzie madcap bell // January 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm // Reply

    MASSIVE THUMBS UP!! loved it to bits and dondylion is my new best friend😀

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  135. AMAZING , i couldent stop laughing , i loved when the man started to dance to sherlocks commintary , and when the moon came it i screamed , the art guys pencile ash beeing toppings was genuis!! new york cop being outside taekwondo was AWSOME coz i in taekwondo , i loved swingball blues ;~) noels amazing😀❤ 1000000 outta 10

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  136. Dog eggs…………..

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  137. After so much waiting and so much anticipation, my expectations were really high for Noel’s new show. I didn’t think it was possible, but it definitely exceeded my expectations. I’ve watched it more than once already, and I love catching little things that I didn’t notice before. I get how some people can compare it to the Boosh, because it is a creation of Noel’s mind and Noel was part of the Boosh. However, it’s obviously not the same. I know some people claim it to be all over the place, but I thought the whole organization was much like a sketch show with bits and pieces of certain scenes and then returning to some of them later. I hope what I’m saying makes sense.

    Of course it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s definitely mine and I must admit I was on the floor from laughing so hard. Some people will get the comedy, and some people won’t. Same goes for any piece of art, music, or entertainment. I really love Dondylion and Daddy Push the most, and I can’t wait until next Thursday!

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  138. If I could frame this show and put it up on my wall then I would. It’s dazzlingly bizarre and hilarious in every single way😀 I’m already addicted! It was FANTASTICAL! Noel and all the rest were amazing, and my favourite’s were Dondylion and – for some hard to place reason – Renny and Gaviskon xxx LOVED IT!

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  139. Amazing! I laughed the whole time and Noel looked beautiful xD

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  140. BRILLIANT! was crying this morning at school just thinking about Luxury Comedy, everyone thought I was mad or Sutin … :L love love love!!! also made a luxurycomedy bracelet today!😮 yay! ^-^ bring on the next ep! x

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  141. I LOVED IT!!!! it was hilarious and amazing and incredible and hilarous again… i was laughing just thinking about it Noel is such a genious! WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!!

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  142. Loved it. Cant wait to watch it legally in the US of A.
    Give the poor lion his penis Back!!!!!

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  143. King of the Pandas // January 28, 2012 at 3:23 am // Reply

    So weird and so brilliant,
    but I wouldn’t dare show it to my parents, in fear that they might send me to the looney bin!
    The theme song’s stuck in my head at the moment.
    I can’t wait for the next one!

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  144. I thought it was beautiful and VERY funny! Like the Boosh, I could watch forever and always see something new. Speaking of which I loved the Moon “I’m not in this show.” and of course Rich Fulcher.
    If I have to pick a favorite it would be Pele. That whole arc was brilliant. Is it the ball or the saucer for the cup?
    I also loved Darren Cache’s colored pencil goatee. Darren: It is my aim to make colored pencils sexy again. Noel: Again?
    And robotic Andy Warhol is perfect because that’s how I’ve always imagined him.
    OK so I loved it all. If that makes me a hipster, that’s fine by me.
    I also hope to watch to it legally in the US, but I won’t hold my breath.

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  145. yellowjellypenguins :) // January 28, 2012 at 10:52 am // Reply

    I completely loved it. To me it was a quilt of woven colouful mad ideas. I couldn’t stop laughing the whole way through. My favourite character is either Worhol, Dondylion, pele or noel, or smooth, well all of them are brilliant.

    I am pleased in a way that noel and julian are doing there seperate things, beacuse when they do decide to come back and do something more with the boosh then it will make it better and funnier then ever.

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  146. For what it’s worth my other half, who’s anything but a Fielding fanatic (quite the contrary, given his wife lavishes so much care and attention on TVO!), offered up quite a balanced view. He thought it looked amazing, included moments of brilliance (Daddy Push, the Pele joke, Tom Meeten’s fly, Dondylion – although he thought Dondylion was sad rather than funny) and some less brilliant moments (Renny & Gaviscon). But he said it’s the type of show that’s so unlike anything else out there you have to give it at least 3 episodes before you can tell if it’s your kind of thing or not. He referenced ‘Vic Reeves Big Night Out’, which confused the hell out of everyone when it came out in 1990, but went on to become a massive obsession, once we’d all figured out its groove.

    I accept that TVO’s readership might be a bit biased (although it’s good to see a few different opinions here), but I’d argue EVERY discussion forum has its own biases – positive and/or negative. It’s difficult to get a balanced perspective from one source.

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  147. A colourful, surreal, childlike sketch show for the big kids. It is exactly what I’ve needed in my life. Truly a work of art which I don’t find “random” and “structureless” at all. Not all great journeys need to provide you with a map.

    I do disagree with a lot of the excited reactions to The Moon, though. I feel like that was (as mentioned above) definitely the drawing of a line in the sand. Basically saying you shouldn’t expect a connection to Boosh and that’s the first and last. Let this little baby live and grow on its own.

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  148. This is odd. The only good reviews are to be found right here. I mean, not just a slight discrepancy, I’m talking about a polar-opposite. I’ve spent roughly two hours (30+ popular review sites) clicking through info and reviews for Noel’s new show, interested to know what others thought of it, and it’s been ripped apart consistently everywhere I’ve looked. Yet somehow, and I can’t quite explain this, this page is the only page to give mostly good reviews and feedback.

    Is there a personal connection with this site and Noel Fielding? Don’t get me wrong – if there is, then that may go some way to explain such a huge difference in opinions between this site (friends and devoted fans, etc), and all the others I’ve visited. At some 30+ review sites, ~92% hated his new show, yet here, ~99% absolutely loved it. ????

    Anyway, I have to be honest and say I found his new show to be mostly horrendous. I’m all for surreal in comedy, but that’s all I found – surrealness….ness.

    Surreal doesn’t automatically equal ‘funny’. Sometimes it can just leave people bored with something trying too hard to BE funny. Without someone like Julian Barratt to complete the circle, Noel is left adrift, throwing out random ‘stuff’, hoping that his well-found popularity will make anything he does unquestionably funny. I feel Noel needs a straight-man at his side to counter his style, and I think that’s why The Mighty Boosh was such a great success. Noel’s and Julian’s characters played off each other perfectly. Noel on his own with no equal opposite just doesn’t seem to work for a lot of viewers.

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    • Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees. The actual press reviews have been mostly positive – but we’re well aware that the show is very much a love/hate affair.

      TVO is completely independent of any of the artists we feature, even though in the majority of cases we have their full support. We’re not their lap-dogs or anything like that, and are not afraid to critique things which we feel didn’t work. Our aim is to always try to find a positive aspect, even if its only slight – and try to bring that to the fore in our reviews. Take one look at the review I did of “Your Highness” in particular to see that in full effect… a disappointing film, but it did what it said on the tin.

      In this instance, we were lucky enough to see the pilot last summer, and then visit the studios for two days to film some behind-the-scenes interviews. At the time, we had some reservations about the pilot, and it seems they were the same ones that people here have faced – it was so oddball, so utterly different, that we didn’t quite know what to make of it. We barely laughed, in fact. But on repeat viewings, it started to click – and the weirdest thing happened… we found ourselves laughing at it weeks later without rewatching it. It was just there, in the back of our minds, making us chuckle.

      I guess in some respects we had a bit of a primer for the main show, and so went into this one step ahead of the majority. We knew roughly what to expect, but also that the ante had been upped. We were NOT expecting the Boosh… we were NOT expecting an absolute classic – just a fun, carefree show with madcap characters and nonsensical beauty in spades. And we got exactly that. I do feel some people are looking into this far too deeply, and feeling the loss of Julian means they are perhaps unable to look at the show on its own terms.

      My colleague here, Mog, made a very good point up thread when she mentioned Vic Reeves Big Night Out. That too, got very similar reactions upon first airing. Now it’s regarded as a cult favourite and a defining moment in comedy. Before that, The Young Ones… Monty Python… The Goodies… all these shows were dismissed as being unfunny, pointlessly random stupidity, and went on to be highly regarded. Who knows – maybe Luxury Comedy is one such show?

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  149. “A neo-psychedelic riot of mirth that regurgitates decades of memories of broad, Technicolor TV entertainment from The Banana Splits onwards.”
    – The Guardian

    “We’ve been treated to a sneak peek of the first two episodes and can confirm that the series is just as colourful, mind-bending, bizarre and surprising as you’d expect.”
    – Digital Spy

    “A resolutely low-fi, kaleidoscopically bizarre experience, a dream-logic fusion of live action and animation with echoes of everything from The Kenny Everett Show to The Clangers.”
    – The Telegraph

    “Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy is cheap, messy, energetic and… eventually… funny. You may begin thinking it’s just garish self-indulgence, but then, after you’ve been breathing the atmosphere of the planet he lives on for a while, you get a bit giddy and start to giggle.”
    – The Independent

    “The difference is – with the Boosh, there was a general storyline to follow. This time round, it’s a string of the most ridiculous scenarios imaginable, thinly threaded together into a tight 30-minute-or-so package. But somehow, they work – not only at making you laugh more than you ever thought imaginable, but at giving you a glimpse into the unabridged version of Noel Fielding’s bizarre, somewhat shocking mind.”
    – NME

    “Where we lose out on the advantage of having Barratt as a curmudgeonly and out-of-time fall guy, Fielding fills in the gaps by turning up the insanity and, whilst it’s occasionally so odd it’s almost disturbing, he papers over the cracks quite effectively… the pace being so fast that those spoilsports not enjoying the gags will be too disoriented to explain why. Crammed into a short space of time, they all provide us with twenty-three minutes and thirty-three seconds of charming and potentially addictive chaos.”
    – TV Pixie

    “Although some comedy fans may find NFLC too bizarre for its own good, Fielding’s pure energy helps pull the show through and some sketches are genuinely fantastic. Admittedly, as with most sketch shows, some scenes don’t work as well as others and if you’re not a fan of The Mighty Boosh, NFLC definitely won’t be for you. However, if Fielding’s aim was to create something in the spirit of the notoriously surreal Spike Milligan, I think he’s achieved it. Roll on Episode Two then, while I go off to peel my brain from the ceiling…”
    – Comedy Journal

    Are these enough of an indication to prove that people out there DID like it? It’s fine if you didn’t… but suggestions as to why people DID from the people who didn’t can sometimes be a little bit offensive – and whilst we want this to be an open space to feedback, it would help if people remained constructive, instead of accusatory.

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  150. When I sat down to watch Luxury Comedy I was not looking for it to be anything like The Mighty Boosh. Didn’t expect The Moon to pop up in it, that was funny.
    It’s like… I can’t quite explain it without it sounding like an insult ’cause it’s not, but it’s like something a child has done, created all these characters with bright colours and vivid backstories- only they’re all messed up and have issues etc. It’s a little disturbing but not at the same time ’cause it’s not been created by a child but an adult. So it’s acceptable to watch without feeling guilty… I think that’s what I’m trying to say. “Higher, lower, higher, lower!”

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  151. Noels a bit of a knob but I’ll give it a chance. I got it. Appreciated the bizarreness though I thought he was trying too hard at points. Laughed once. I’m too cynical to engage with the characters first time round. So ’til next time.
    p.s. Glad Rich & Mike will be back on the telly for a bit.

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  152. I’m female, yes, but not under 20. OK my knickers might be slightly damp but I think that’s as valid a response to television viewing as any other, shouldn’t really make you discount my opinion. And my opinion is……funny. I genuinely found it funny. I can easily see why a TV exec would give them money to make it – it’s warm, honest, colourful, kids will love it. I was instantly smitten. People might call me mad but I actually thought the characters were well written. It’s just the kind of thing I want to see on telly. Much love to everyone involved x

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  153. When i was first introduced to the Boosh I couldn’t understand how anyone could possibly find it funny, it was distrurbing and it seemed like something I’d never understand…However after hearing friends quote it and sing the songs all the time I decided to give it another go. Now i love it I’ve watched it so many times I can almost recite every episode maybe even the live shows.
    The Boosh was held together by the charming relationship of Vince and Howard and their great exchanges, the magical adventures I couldn’t even dream about and the amazing look of the show( unlike anything I’ve ever seen on TV).
    I think Luxury Comedy will grow on people just like the Boosh grew on me.
    What I like most about it is that its quite simple a “just sit down and enjoy” kind of show no prior knowledge needed so perhaps to the people who are saying it’s too weird for the sake of being weird or that Noel is trying to hard need just chill dont read so much into it. Its just nice to see something different on TV.
    There were parts I didn’t find funny like the cooking show bit, but while that was happening i still enjoyed watching because the whole show is like one of Noel’s paintings colourful and childlike and perhaps abit manic.
    I understand that its not for everyone (nothing is) but the best part about TV is that if you don’t like something you don’t have to watch it!

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  154. annoynmous cheese // January 29, 2012 at 3:10 am // Reply

    not entirely sold on it yet but I felt the same way when I first started watching The Boosh. so like the Boosh I’m going to give it a few more episodes and probably grow to love it

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  155. I’m an American who recently discovered The Mighty Boosh and the IT Crowd. I am in love with both shows and all the people involved! I watched Lux Com and while not every sketch was for me, I loved seeing it and give great credit to the whole team for the amazing amount of work they’ve done. And I will surely be watching the whole series.

    An interesting difference between American and British tv is that you tend to do a short series, 6 or 8 episodes. I love that and here’s why – American shows go on for f***ng ever! I would rather have 18 amazing episodes of the Boosh to re-visit, than watch them lose their spark and go through the motions. Then every few years we can see what these amazing performers can come up with next. Who knows, maybe, just to mess with us, Noel’s next role will be a bank manager. I’d still want to see that!

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  156. I really wanted to write a comment about the show, but I can’t put it into words… I’ve watched the first episode about 4 times now and I can’t get enough. It is incredible… I think it’s great how I don’t have to question what I’m seeing to think it’s funny. It is really magical. Just like when we all were kids and didn’t have to worry about stuff, you know? before we started to question everything around us, what can make we miserable… just like the boosh was for me, but even more crazy and the type of thing I can get… I honestly don’t know how to explain. Noel’s mind just amazes me… I really loved it and I can’t wait to see what’s next

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  157. Not in love, yet…though I could be persuaded. It’s a lot of new characters to encounter all at once. I expect they get better as you get to know them. Not at all fond of the lighting, but I like Dondylion. Boombox’s annoying gash reminds me of Chloe Webb’s Nancy Spungeon from “Sid & Nancy.” Mostly, I’m just pleased I get to see it at all. Being an American without a TV I’m practically a mythical creature myself. I’m pleased to have actual eyeballs. :b

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  158. Christine, Swansea. // January 29, 2012 at 10:11 am // Reply

    I absolutely loved it! Made me feel like a kid again. Its not often that a TV show does that! I’m a mahoosive Boosh fan, but for me, this was entirely different. At the moment, Noel is my favorite character, but it wouldn’t surprise me if that changes on a daily basis! Well done Noel and everyone who worked on this beautiful, amazing show. You should all be very proud. Love you all!! XXXX

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  159. I finally got to see it in the US on youtube. I think you do have to watch it more than once, because even though I knew what to expect, on the first viewing my brain’s reaction was pretty much just like “this is weird”. Then on re-viewing it I came to the conclusion that it was completely brilliant. I heard a radio story once about the first time Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” was performed and everyone absolutely flipped out in horror, simply because it wasn’t something their brains were used to, it caused cerebral dissonance or something. At the very least Noel should be proud of creating that kind of a reaction in people when we kind of think we’ve seen it all at this point.

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  160. I think this is one of the better shows on since pee wee’s play house! I love it!

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  161. For me it was a beautiful, inspired, shiny, rainbow fantasy in a grey mass of dreary reality.

    I think it’s great that in a time of playing it safe and tightening belts, E4 were brave enough to take a chance on this original piece of art. I really, really loved it. It was heart warming and different and I can’t wait to see the remaining episodes!

    It’s cool that it has haters. Art is subjective and if it appealed to everyone then it would be generic and generic can kiss our peeler arses!!!! xx

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  162. This is the second time I have posted. Such a plethora of comments both negative and positive on here and also in the media in general. Much is made of the fact that there is a childlike aspect to it? But so what. We were all children once and then we grow up and we forget the beauty of colours and we stop going to the fairground and the circus and we become trapped in a dull, grey world full of office politics, commuting and worry about the mortgage. Give this guy a break. He has tried to bring some colour back into the world – some if it is quite odd – but it is deeply imaginative and full of visual splendour. It is quite trippy too – and I guess I like that fact because the 60’s is my favourtie time style wise and was the birth of the counterculture in general. I was a baby in the 60’s – so I’m one of the older fans. Now I will admit I have an aesthetic appreciation of Mr Fielding – but I do try to be objective about his work. I’ve not always admired his stand up for instance. But you cannot deny he is an artist and has an incredible imagination. He is a bloody good actor (I think)too. Even if his stuff is not your bag – it has to be said he has bought something unusual and highly imaginative to the table. When I watched it the second time round it seemed less bizarre and I noticed a lot more detail. Lets see what next week brings. Personally I cannot wait!

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  163. Well I hope people are still popping round to this thread. It took me a few days to post something, apologies!

    I have to admit, I didn’t laugh much on the first viewing and needed a second viewing to really fully appreciate what Noel’s new show has to offer. Because it’s not a sitcom, the pace threw me off at first. And because it’s not your standard set-ups and jokes, you’re forced to come at it sideways. But I expect that from Noel. Much like you have to look at a painting and then go deeper to analyze it, so it is with Luxury Comedy. If you take it on face value, you’ll get something out of it. But there are so many layers that you’ll miss the best parts if you walk away too soon. It simply takes a bit of work to enjoy, but work I don’t mind doing because I find myself an active participant, if you will.

    Dondylion was one bit I did respond to right away and I’ll tell you why I think others like it too. There’s a kind of dark humor to recognizing the uncomfortable. We’ve all had moments where we felt like we were cracking up. It’s grim. But people can relate to the emotions. Also, Noel is clearly empathetic to animals and making a statement about the treatment of animals in some zoos. So this resonated with me. We’re not laughing at Dondylion and his plight. We’re laughing with him in his descent, knowing fully well that at the bottom it’s really NOT funny.

    Most of what we see works on at least two levels. Unfortunately, in some cases it involves understanding and contemplating Noel himself and I’m pretty sure most people in the general population don’t watch tele for that. It’s sort of unintentionally narcissistic, as he’s reflecting his own mind but I doubt he is inviting us to psychoanalyze him. More, every artist has themes in their lives that they keep coming back to, and that’s no different for Noel. And there’s a health dose of Noel taking the piss out of himself. Living in a treehouse having a fantasy life, dressing up in crazy outfits. People love him or hate him for it. But he’s using it for material. For example, when he eats the rainbow coloured poo for breakfast, I thought “Hmm, I wonder how many times someone has told him to stop eating crap for breakfast.” He’s clearly turned that into a bit, in that way all comedians and other creative people turn parts of their lives into material. Or, it’s perhaps commentary on the sort of thing one might find on the market. But he’s done it in a way that either you see the metaphors and life-reflection or you don’t. And if you don’t, it’s still fine. There’s still a poo joke on the surface.

    That’s also true with the visual jokes. You can appreciate them in their own right, or recognize the influences that went into creating them. And aesthetically, it’s flawless. I especially love the long shots of the treehouse with the manta ray swimming underneath. That level of detail is exquisite.

    Sgt. Boombox is the most obvious of characters working on two levels. And he is definitely a favorite of mine. His talking wounds are funny in an obvious way. But it’s also about emotional wounds that won’t heal, and the ways they continue to stick around and torment us and give us “advice” that may or may not be trusted because we’ve been hurt in the past. There’s also the homage to that genre of cop shows. And there are the visual puns, like the fact his face is the color of NYC taxis.

    But again, the critique of the art world, blowing Andy’s mind, making more out of a pun than it’s worth, and then taking it to its logical conclusion with Pele coming to life and Noel’s reaction to the saucer and ball were hysterically funny. It was self-deprecating and biting and a pun and a mind-twist and slapstick all at once. So so so many layers.

    The only bit I definitely didn’t like was the cooking class. There was visual humor in seeing Noel’s skinny legs coming out of the bottom of the costume when he was on the bike. And I loved the cameo of the moon reminding us that this is NOT the Boosh (a wink to the audience). But the rest fell flat for me. Fulcher biting into the pepper like the Chairman does in Iron Chef was a bit too literal a nod for my taste.

    I think the biggest problem is pacing upon first viewing, but again I did get used to it. There is a deliberate intent to jar you. Exposition is almost entirely nonexistent. So it will be a difficult show for some. But I’m sure Noel knows that (even Mike said so in the recently published TVO interview). But I do believe layers of depth with multiple viewings will yield sweeter fruit. And so in the end, I tip my glamrock hat to Noel et al. for a brilliant go.

    Wow, that was longer than I thought it’d be! Sorryyyyy.

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  164. Amazing show!!! Best show on TV at the moment, Can’t wait for the next weeks! Love Dondylion😀

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  165. Cor blimey guv! What a stinker! Hoping that the second episode is WAY better, otherwise I’m off into the sunset on my trusty steed, and I won’t look back. Don’t even think of shouting insults at me, I’ll be far far away and singing to myself.

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  166. For me, it goes like this;

    Mighty Boosh Series 1: Fresh new comedy full of likeable & well written characters. Programmes like this gave me real hope that BBC3 was a channel that would eventually mean something. The Boosh had arrived & I loved them.

    Mighty Boosh Series 2: Different slant on the original series, more new characters added. Still felt like something different & a really fresh, fizzy alternative comedy. Slight blurrings between Vince Noir (Adorable Sunshine Retard) and Noel Fielding (Cockney ‘drainpipe about town’ Socialite type) but not enough to spoil things.

    Mighty Boosh Series 3: Watchable due to an already existing love for the original characters. A smattering of original laughs, an abundance of self-indulgent re-hashing of storylines/characters. Loveable Vince has now gone ‘full Noel’ and is a hard, sarcastic scenester for the most part. The soft naivety that made Vince so loveable is all but gone. Seems alot like going through the motions for a paycheque. The following ‘Future Sailors’ live show took ‘going through the motions for a paycheque’ to the absolute extreme. I still went (and enjoyed) but it was the laziest of the lazy.

    Luxury Comedy: 3% humour, 97% Noel Fielding’s sub-standard ideas for Mighty Boosh characters that ended up on the BBC cutting room floor. Wacky & psychedelic at all times to help disguise the total lack of anything resembling ‘funny’. A poor effort from an uninspired Noel.

    Don’t believe Noel’s uninspired? Watch Buzzcocks. He looks like his soul is being destroyed on a weekly basis & because of this has become a ‘pull string in back & listen to obscure retro reference’ parody of what made him funny & original in the first place.

    You’re much better than all this Noel. I hope.

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  167. Now that I’ve given my brain some time to scramble itself back together after seeing Luxury Comedy for the first time, I feel like I can write something more constructive than “wow … just wow. That was amazing. Omfg Dondylion!” (although, how awesome is Dondylion, right? Right!? Right.) Because that was about as far as my mind got initially. (Hey, what can I say, my thoughts aren’t narrated by Stephen Fry.)

    It’s definitely a show you have to watch more than once to get the full experience. There’s just too much going on to catch it all the first time. Take, for example, the Renny and Gaviskon segment. The first time, I didn’t really get it. But when you watch it back, you start noticing hilarious details (like the rocket launcher/car being a toaster), and now that sketch has me in stitches every time. As does the rest of the show. It’s filled to the brim with (very quotable, might I add) funny moments. “Doooooo yooooou taaaaaake caaaaaards”, “I’m moving stuff about in here, John”, “1 2 3 4 these are numbers ignore them” are just a few of my personal favourites. And when I first heard the “is it the ball, or is it the saucer for the cup?” bit, I laughed so hard I scared my cat.

    There are a lot of funny shows on tv. Not a lot of beautiful ones though. And Luxury Comedy is so striking every frame is like a separate piece of art. It’s such a treat to the eye, it has been known to cure blindness. The promise of witnessing Luxury Comedy’s rich visual splendour is able to reactivate the inactive regions of the brain.

    In summary: the intricate details of the show will make you love, laugh and enjoy Luxury Comedy more, no matter how many times you watch it, it’s so beautiful it can cure blindness and its quotability provides endless opportunities to annoy/entertain your friends. Congratulations to everyone who’s worked on the show and in particular to Mr Noel Fielding on making something so inspiring, beautiful and hilarious and sharing it with the world: thank you. Can’t wait for the next episodes. x

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  168. I have to be honest, I was not that impressed with Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy. I’m hoping it’s going to warm on me, but my scepticism was justified, and this is left me feeling gutted to say the least. As I’ve only got in to shows like The Mighty Boosh only recently, and with not likely seeing another Boosh for a while I was looking forward to a new Noel Fielding show. We all know that Noel Fielding is a creative outlet for random ideas, and this has been clearly demonstrated in his new comedy. It’s just a shame that there’s been no structure whatsoever in the allotted programme time, but hey, trying to be not as For or Against as many of the comments are on here, but trying to remain positive that the show will improve / grow on me over time

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  169. I LOVED it! I did think the first half went on for a bit long with the same character, at first he was funny but then after a few minutes i was like “what is he even saying!?”:L However, i absolutley adored it, especially Dandilion and at the end with the whole “is it a saucer, or is it a football” thing. WELL DONE NOEL!XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  170. I think it is so good there is some good, positive feedback for the show on here, because in other portals of the internet some of it is downright vile. Interesting to note a lot – not all of course- of the negative feedback is from men! And they always seems to mention the fact that the ladeez like Noel! Little bit jealous me thinks! Of course it is bizarre, extremely colourful and filled with artistic references. What did people think it would be like! It was never going to be a mainstream offering. At least its something different than a reality tv show. I mean these people are tremendously talented aren’t they, their brains work at the speed of light and they can improvise and work an idea in fifty seconds flat. NOT. It just knocks me sick that something that is vaguely different gets such a dramatic slating. But one thing to note is that at least people weren’t indifferent. Indifference is death.

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  171. I meant to say the laydeez not the ladeez – mind you I’m sure plenty of men would like to meet Noel in a cupboard when he was wearing a short gold skirt….oh sorry that’s just me (JOKE!)

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  172. For the past few years I have been riveted to the Boosh’s creative trajectory. Noel and Julian together created something so tight and so honed over many years of live shows and radio. By the time it came to our TV screens, every moment had been edited and worked over until it was the comic masterpiece we all have come to love. NFLC simply cannot be fairly held up to the comic juggernaut that was the Boosh and compared.

    I loved the colorful, new,original characters and inspired sets of this new show. I laughed at the dialogue in the ‘Secret Pieces” sketch. Didn’t like the cooking show. Although I did giggle at Rich Fulcher’s bit and the toaster launch. I love Sargent Raymond Boombox and his ridiculous accent, the dancing shell, Pele, tragic Dondylion and Roy Circles and his cheese tank.

    And hey, why not have a nod to the past by the moon? Wasn’t that Noel’s and Nigel’s creation? Musicians do that all the time. Borrowing bits from themselves and weaving it back into a newer piece of music. Art is art. He’s just feeling it and putting it out there for us to enjoy. Did I enjoy the fly?… uh… I just found myself wishing for a giant fly swatter. The other thing I was wishing for was a straight man. You know, some salt on my caramel. Some peanut butter on my chocolate. Someone without makeup and a wig to come out and be the anchor to stop it all from spinning off into itself. Even HR Puffinstuff made the good creative decision to have the core character be a little boy from our world to bounce around all the technicolor madness whilst trying to make his way home again. I felt myself wishing for an appearance of Noel’s soothing, playful persona in contrast to all his frantic characters. Just to bring us in closer and then be thrown back out into the madness again. A little ebb and flow, you know?

    I can’t wait to see what it evolves into over the next few weeks. Comedy is a tricky thing. There will be fits and starts. I remember the Boosh was not so polished in the first few episodes. Everything Noel has touched since the Boosh I think, has been golden. His stand up, comic relief dance number, Richmond, Art show and book, Bull and Bunny matador, NMBC. I don’t know about you but I’m hanging out to see what happens next. That man just kills me! If nothing else I gotta see if Dondylion make an escape…

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    • Just for the record. i don’t know shit about anything. In the end, I just LOVED this show and can’t wait for the next season. Ha! Me giving advice to anyone about comedy… whatever…

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  173. blink182s_biggest_fan@hotmail.co.uk // January 31, 2012 at 9:07 pm // Reply

    As a precursor to my feelings on NFLC;
    I loved The Mighty Boosh up to season two.
    And I was a big lover of season one, which was probably the strangest one (as well as it being my first exposure to odd humour) didn’t care much for season three, and I completely agree with Jay. I miss Vince and his lovely hair.

    I say this, because you can’t not relate NFLC to the Boosh. Noel Fielding is good at what he does, act four or five different characters in different costumes and pulling silly faces. But that is exactly what he did in both Boosh and NFLC.The characters are the same, you’ve got psychedelic costumes set in a painted world. The only thing that is different is a lack of story.

    On first watching, I didn’t like it. I didn’t find it funny. I wanted to like it. I wanted to find it funny.
    But I just couldn’t.

    I’ve read two comments boards on this, and I’m not trying to change anyone’s mind, god knows I could try; all the comments were so positive I was honestly surprised.
    But to say I, or anyone else, doesn’t find it funny because they ‘don’t get it’ is frankly an insult.
    Anyone that watched this has likely seen at least one Boosh episode, they go honest about their views and have people up on their “modern art” pedestal looking down on them and shaking their head in pity.

    After three seasons of Boosh I would say I was more than prepared for the kind of weirdness Noel and his crew have on offer, I ‘get’ what he was doing. 20 minutes of weirdness, for his crowd that will follow him regardless of what he does. I honestly wish I was part of that crowd, its like loving Star Wars and then seeing Phantom Menace for the first time.

    It didn’t help that E4 advertised it up to the eyeball see-saws.

    After watching I found myself thinking “Isn’t it best to put your best material into your pilot?” And if that first episode is the best that NFLC has to offer then I’m legitimately disappointed. The one time I laughed a little was when the chocolate finger P.E teacher was pulling faces between singing a ‘song’.

    So I’m sorry Noel, I’ll try episode two, but for now I remain disappointed.

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  174. My fourteen year old daugter loved it! I can’t honestly say I enjoyed it. Noel is always funny on buzzcocks, and hilarious on The Mighty Boosh (sorry for mentioning that!), but I really couldn’t relate to it on any level. I think it appeals mainly to kids, but it’s on so late for them! It reminded me of the sort of thing CBeebies would show, so why is it on so late?

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  175. People are giving NFLC way too much harsh criticism. A silly show that that can’t be criticized. I just don’t understand how someone can squish such a carefree show so viciously. It’s just a fun, light, psychedelic bit of Noel Fielding’s head. Noel Fielding is a talented, uniquely childish individual. He’s brilliant. Haha. He’s someone that you certainly don’t come by every day, same goes for the work that he produces. I won’t write something extremely lengthy, so in short, I thought the show was perfect. I love Sergeant Raymond Boombox. Hahaha. That show is so Noel.

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  176. Love it so much! Its hilarious! And the artwork that has gone in to it is amazing.

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  177. The best sketch so far has been The Adventures of Joey Ramone with that lovely Ivor Cutlor-sounding narration. Rainbow Island Six Packs and Pocketful o’ dogs. Noel’s phantasmagoric aesthetic is very inspirational, and i have been inspired by Noel to do some new drawings myself(WWW.BIBLICALMEAT.BLOGSPOT.COM)Danny Bing

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    • Hey guy, i really liked the sketches by Thom Yorke, its good to see he’s still on the biblical meat payroll, i hope he’s still on the wages from when he was a 21 year old student. Bah Feckta

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  178. it is my happy place. still.

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  179. Fantastic loved it !!! we all need to go to fantasy land sometimes🙂

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