The Mighty Boosh is the rather strange sitcom that brought fame to comedy double-act Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt. Now once again, their rather surreal style managed to divide critics, but I fell on the side of being a fan, I had never seen anything like it. I always looked forward to their new series, which almost managed to justify the existence of BBC3.
They eventually built up enough of a fanbase to go on tour across Britain, and one of these shows was then released on DVD. They would be joined by all of the other famous characters including Bob and Naboo, it was an opportunity that simply couldn’t be missed for some people. There is a rather odd moment at the start when they acknowledge the big audience.
Half of them seemed to be dressed as characters from the show. I wouldn’t know what it would be like to have all of them look back at you, but I would think that it would be rather weird, there could only be one of each really? There was also a guest appearance from The Moon, Matt Berry (who presumably would be too expensive now), and a rabbit, who I think was played by someone who was in Kasabian.
There were also some rather interesting opinions offered on rival BBC3 sitcom Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps, how outrageous, there’s no love lost between those two shows it seems. And the biggest cheer of the night seemed to be for a reference to Cillit Bang. Er, yes. There is so much excitement around this show that it can’t all be packed on to one disc. The second contains lots of extras including a look behind the scenes.
The mind boggles as to what being on the tourbus was like, being sat next to a gorilla was the norm. And this did so well, that they decided to do it all over again about two years later, with The Future Sailors Tour. Again, this went down well, and really was a feast for the eyes. There was also a book released around this time, and they had definitely got the most out of these unique situations.
They haven’t worked together much since this though, and Noel has said in more recent years that he misses messing around with Julian, so who knows whether they will get back together one day, you never say never in showbusiness. After this, Noel did a tour on his own, which has also been released on DVD, and I’ll review that one soon too.