Alice’s Wunderland: Through The Onion Glass

This week sees the premiere of the brand new radio pilot from the brain of TVO’s fairy godmother, Alice Lowe. Bringing together a whole host of familiar names in a late night audio treat, the pilot will be broadcast this Thursday, April 21st on BBC Radio 4. In the run-up to the show, TVO were [...]

April 18, 2011 // 10 Comments

Onion Talking: James Cook

Here at TVO, we’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Nemo, who, like many, we discovered via their frontman’s appearances in The Mighty Boosh.  After producing three albums with the electro rock outfit, and crafting another project: The Dollhouse with violinest Anne Marie Kirby, the [...]

March 17, 2011 // 5 Comments

Onion Talking: Paul Foot, A Man On Stage

  Last weekend Paul Foot he performed three consecutive London shows in two different theatres, including his final UK performance of ‘Ash In The Attic’ (his 2010 Edinburgh show, directed by Noel Fielding).   In the midst of this, Velveteer Mog donned her skates and managed to [...]

March 8, 2011 // 9 Comments

Diva Zappa, The Wool Faerie

Last month Noel Fielding’s art show Bryan Ferry versus the Jellyfox finished its run at Maison Bertaux.  This month the innovative gallery in the patisserie kicks off its new exhibition, Diva Zappa’s Bruce. Knitted fabrics have replaced Fielding’s vibrant canvases, while his [...]

February 12, 2011 // 4 Comments

Onion Talking: Colin Hoult

Twelve months ago, many of our readers outside regular Edinburgh Festival goers and devotees of the London live comedy scene had never heard of Colin Hoult.  The star had critical acclaim aplenty – TimeOut had claimed his comedy was a blend of Lewis Caroll & The League Of Gentlemen, and [...]

February 1, 2011 // 1 Comment

James Pilkington: Two Fingers To The Critics!

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

January 11, 2011 // 12 Comments

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

Just in time for New Year, here is the final part of our extensive interview with Dave Brown.  If you missed them, parts one & two can be found in our archives, and the entire interview is saved for posterity over yonder. We’ve seen that Dave Brown has been very busy during the Mighty [...]

December 30, 2010 // 6 Comments

The Little Barratt Cracker

As we’ve mentioned previously, Julian Barratt has taken part in a series for Sky1 entitled Little Crackers, where you can see a handful of the best of British comedy talent, taking the directing reigns, each with their own tales of childhood high and lows. Barratt tells the tale of his [...]

December 11, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Childman Talks

As all good Boosh fans will know, 15th November marks the release of the long-awaited Future Sailors Tour documentary, Journey of the Childmen. The film is something of a labour of love by Oliver Ralfe, film maker, musician and all round respected member of the Booshniverse. During the busy build [...]

November 2, 2010 // 8 Comments

Foot To Mouth

At The Velvet Onion we strive to bring our peelers top-notch information about the acts that we cover.  And the newly-Buzzcocked Paul Foot is no exception!  During his recent visit to Stockholm we managed to persuade the charming comedian – and honorary member of Booshdom – to give [...]

October 30, 2010 // 2 Comments

Tania Wade: West End Girl

  There are 3 reasons why I keep going back to Maison Bertaux, the Soho patisserie currently hosting Noel Fielding’s second art exhibition.  Firstly, there’s Noel’s art: a multi-coloured multi-layering of ideas and impressions that demands repeated viewings; then there’s [...]

October 1, 2010 // 2 Comments

Onion Talking: Jackal Films

Those of you who have been following The Velvet Onion these past six months will need no introduction to the work of Jackal Films.  Former star of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, Alice Lowe has teamed up with her regular collaborator Jacqueline Wright to create a series of comedy shorts, once a [...]

July 26, 2010 // 3 Comments

A Canadian Field(ing) Trip

Following a trio of well received dates in Toronto last week, this weekend saw Noel Fielding bring his unique brand of stand-up to Montreal, Canada. Once again, TVO forum members Leah & Tammy were on hand to see his show and offer us an exclusive review and photographs.  However, we also got [...]

July 20, 2010 // 19 Comments

Onion Talking: Matt Berry

To celebrate the launch of series four of The IT Crowd, we at The Velvet Onion wanted to bring you something genuinely worthy of your attention.  And, thankfully – we got it, in the form of an exclusive interview with one of the show’s stars, and a heavy weight figure in Booshdom [...]

June 25, 2010 // 3 Comments

Onion Talking: Zimbani

Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you’ll be aware that Julian Barratt appears in the the new comedy pilot Zimbani – set to air on freeview channel Dave on June 4th at 10:50pm. With the broadcast of the pilot little over a week away, we’ve been lucky enough to [...]

May 27, 2010 // 5 Comments

Onion Talking: Holly-Jane Shears

Holly Jane Shears is one half of electropop duo DeadDogInBlackBag, together with her partner in crime Suzy Evelyn. She’s also a member of spoof Madchester band Wingnut, together with Steve Oram & Tom Meeten, and regularly plays as part of prog-folk band Circulus alongside Antony Elvin. [...]

March 29, 2010 // 2 Comments