ANY­THING BUT THE OR­DI­NARY

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

Have you heard of Noel Field­ing? You’re ei­ther drawing a blank or in­sulted to have been asked.

One-half of cult hit se­ries The Mighty Boosh and the cre­ator of Noel Field­ing’s Luxury Com­edy, the English co­me­dian who looks more like a del­i­cate alien rock god has landed in Australia to tour his show An Evening with Noel Field­ing.

When he and com­edy part­ner Ju­lian Bar­ratt did a world Boosh tour in 2008-09, they sold out are­nas of 15,000 peo­ple and par­tied like rock stars. This tour is a bit toned down.

But any­one who has spent any time in­side Field­ing’s psy­che­delic uni­verse knows the live stand-up show will not be a man dron­ing into a mic about trams and pol­i­tics for two hours.

There will be mu­sic, an­i­ma­tions, cos­tumes and sev­eral of his odd­est char­ac­ters, played by Field­ing and fel­low Luxury cast mem­bers Tom Meeten and Field­ing’s brother Mike, best known as the laid­back shaman Na­boo in The Mighty Boosh.

“He smashes it in the show,” Field­ing says. “He just comes in and takes the roof off. I work for 50 min­utes us­ing all my skills from 20 years, he walks out and says ‘Or­right?’ – us­ing the same voice he does for ev­ery char­ac­ter – roof off.

“I guess I just like work­ing with other peo­ple rather than on my own. I do stand-up and af­ter about half an hour I get sick of the sound of my own voice. I want some­one else to come on.”

Field­ing and Bar­ratt weren’t shy about go­ing to the dark side of com­edy, with creepy cre­ations and some that were down­right night­mar­ish, such as the Crack Fox, with nee­dles for claws.

“I think there are some kids who have grown up with the Boosh who’ll never for­get some of those images.”

Be pre­pared: an evening with Field­ing will get weird.

Noel Field­ing

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