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REVIEW: THE MIGHTY BOOSH

Chan­nel Chat

SHOW: The Mighty Boosh CHAN­NEL: ABC Com­edy TIME: Week­nights

NOW, much of what you’re about to read may seem hy­per­bolic – but I prom­ise you, when I say there is not a sin­gle pro­gram ever pro­duced that is quite as good as The Mighty Boosh, I mean it.

I fell in love with Noel Field­ing’s leg­endary dry wit af­ter I saw him as a team cap­tain on Never Mind the Buz­zcocks, but hon­estly, that was only the start.

A copy of the se­ries was gifted to me by my mother – who I thank ev­ery day for the magic it in­jected into my life.

The Mighty Boosh fol­lows the kooky ad­ven­tures of fash­ion icon and ac­tual beam of sun­light, Vince Noir (Noel Field­ing) and eter­nally awk­ward jazz and sta­tionery en­thu­si­ast, Howard Moon (Ju­lian Bar­ratt).

Their jour­neys are of­ten en­hanced (for the viewer, any­way) by friends Na­boo, a shaman, and Bollo, an ac­tual go­rilla, Bollo, their foe, the dis­tinctly creepy Bob Fos­sil, and count­less other whim­si­cal char­ac­ters.

Even the moon makes reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances, it doesn’t add any­thing to the story but hon­estly it’s my favourite char­ac­ter.

Other iconic Bri­tish co­me­di­ans in­clud­ing Matt Berry, Richard Ayoade and Si­mon Farn­aby have reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances.

While the ba­sis of Vince and Howard’s ad­ven­tures changes through­out the se­ries – as zoo keep­ers in sea­son one, wannabe musicians in sea­son two and shop keep­ers in sea­son three – the laughs never stop.

A catchy song num­ber or two is in­cluded in ev­ery sin­gle episode, so pre­pare to be singing the stupi­dest of lyrics af­ter you watch.

I’ve hon­estly never laughed harder than watch­ing this show, par­tic­u­larly the Old Gregg and Yeti episodes.

Some have a strange and dark tone, but are hi­lar­i­ous none­the­less.

Boosh cer­tainly forces you to chal­lenge your ac­cepted un­der­stand­ing of what com­edy is, but I prom­ise you’ll en­joy ev­ery sec­ond of it.

CRIMPING: Ju­lian Bar­ratt and Noel Field­ing star as Howard Moon and Vince Noir re­spec­tively in the ir­rev­er­ent Bri­tish com­edy.

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