Doon MacKichan

Another Round Of Toast

Matt Berry‘s new sitcom Toast Of London is to return for a second series. The show, which Berry co-writes with Father Ted legend Arthur Mathews features Matt as a successful television and stage actor who also happens to be a blustering buffoon. Directed by Snuffbox veteran Michael [...]

December 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Matt Gets Toasted

This weekend sees the launch of Toast Of London – the new sitcom from Matt Berry – and our international readership will be pleased to know, it’s also available for dvd pre-order. Ahead of transmission, we felt it prudent to fill in a few details about the show, which [...]

October 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

More Toast Please

Matt Berry is back as Toast of London on Sunday at 10.40pm on Channel 4 – straight after Was It Something I Said with Richard Ayoade. As regular readers know, the pilot of Toast of London was shown last year as part of Channel 4′s Funny Fortnight. Matt stars as Stephen Toast, an eccentric [...]

October 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

Boosh Origins: On The Hour… [Part One]

As part of our retrospective posts about the Boosh radio series, in honour of it’s tenth anniversary, our editor took a close look at the the names, faces and programming which helped pave the way for The Mighty Boosh, and indeed everything we cover at The Velvet Onion. Continually drawn back [...]

November 1, 2011 // 2 Comments

Government Inspected

The positive reviews of Richard Jones’ production of Government Inspector featuring Julian Barratt have been coming thick and fast.  But what did The Velvet Onion make of the play?  Find out if Velveteer Mog agrees with the theatre critics: Reviewing a comedy gig is pretty straightforward: [...]

June 16, 2011 // 4 Comments

All Hail The Government Inspector!

Since Thursday’s press night for Government Inspector (attended by a full complement of Booshniverse, including Noel Fielding, Rich Fulcher, Richard Ayoade, Julia Davis and Oly Ralfe), the positive reviews have been coming thick and fast! Notoriously hard-to-please theatre critics have given [...]

June 11, 2011 // 4 Comments

Today’s Government Inspector

With the preview shows of the Government Inspector well underway and the official press night only two days away, the airwaves are starting to fill up with news about the play. Julian Barratt features in a new interview released by the Young Vic, in which he and his co-stars Doon Mackichan and Kyle [...]

June 7, 2011 // 1 Comment

Government Inspector Shows Promise

Julian Barratt‘s first foray into serious stage acting in the Government Inspector has just completed its preview run in Warwick. Reviews were a little mixed, describing it as an enjoyable production with great promise but which needs more work. Phil King wrote in the Independent arts blog, [...]

May 30, 2011 // 2 Comments

The Government Inspector Wants YOU!

All good peelers will know that Julian Barratt will be starring in the forthcoming run of The Government Inspector at the Warwick Arts Centre and the Young Vic. Today the Young Vic has invited the public to pose questions about the play to its cast. In addition to Barratt this includes Smack the [...]

May 3, 2011 // 2 Comments

Barratt Treads The Boards

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

January 20, 2011 // 2 Comments