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The Mighty Boosh
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The Mighty Boosh
From left to right: Howard Moon (Julian Barratt), Bollo (Dave Brown), Naboo the Enigma (Michael Fielding), Vince Noir (Noel Fielding) and Bob Fossil (Rich Fulcher).
Medium Theatre, Radio, Television
Years active 1998–
Genres Double act, surreal humour
Subject(s) Surrealism, fashion victims, fantasy
Influences The Goodies, Mr Benn, Monty Python, Frank Zappa, Basil Brush
Notable works and roles The Mighty Boosh (stage show, 1998)
Arctic Boosh (stage show, 1999)

Autoboosh (2000)
The Boosh (2001)
The Mighty Boosh (TV, 2004–present)
The Mighty Boosh Live (2006)
The Mighty Book of Boosh (Book, 2008)
Boosh Live: Future Sailors Tour (2008-09)
Members Julian Barratt
Noel Fielding
Dave Brown
Michael Fielding
Rich Fulcher
Website The Mighty Boosh Online

The Mighty Boosh is a British comedy troupe featuring comedians Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding. Developed from three stage shows and a six episode radio series, it has since spawned a total of twenty television episodes for BBC Three and two live tours of the UK, as well as two live shows in the United States.

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History

Fielding first met Barratt after seeing him perform his solo stand-up routine at the Hellfire Comedy Club in the Wycombe Swan theatre.[1] The pair soon found that they shared comic interests, formed a double act, and "decided to be the new Goodies".[2] After their first performance together at a bar in London in April 1998, Barratt and Fielding developed their zookeeper characters - Howard Moon and Vince Noir, respectively - in a series of sketches for Paramount Comedy’s Unnatural Acts. It was here that they also met American Rich Fulcher, who became Bob Fossil. Fielding’s friend Dave Brown and Fielding's brother Michael also became regular collaborators. Richard Ayoade was another original cast member, playing the role of adventurer Dixon Bainbridge, though he was later replaced by Matt Berry in the first television series, since he was under contract with Channel 4.[3] Ayoade returned in the second and third series as a belligerent shaman named Saboo.

The Boosh produced three stage shows - The Mighty Boosh (1998), Arctic Boosh (1999) and Autoboosh (2000) - all of which were taken to the Edinburgh Fringe. With the success of Autoboosh, a radio series was commissioned by the BBC. Produced by Danny Wallace, The Boosh was first broadcast in 2001 on BBC London Live, later transferring to BBC Radio 4, from which the team were given a half-hour television pilot of the same name.

The first eight-part series, directed by Paul King, was then commissioned for BBC Three and broadcast in 2004, with a second of six episodes the following year. The second series moved away from the zoo setting, and instead sees Howard, Vince, Naboo the shaman and Bollo the talking ape living in a flat in Dalston.[4] In 2006, the Boosh returned to theatre with The Mighty Boosh Live, which featured a new story entitled "The Ruby of Kukundu".

After two years away from television, the Boosh returned in November 2007. Set in Naboo’s second-hand shop below the flat, the third series drew approximately one million viewers with its first episode,[5] and in light of its success, BBC Three broadcast an entire night of The Mighty Boosh on 22 March 2008, which included a new documentary and six of Barratt and Fielding's favourite episodes from all three series.

On Channel 4 TV programme "Transmission", Alice Cooper mentioned a possible collaboration between himself and The Boosh.

Theatre

Original stage shows

The Mighty Boosh (1998)

The Boosh, then consisting of only Barratt and Fielding, conceived The Mighty Boosh whilst working on Stewart Lee's Edinburgh Festival show King Dong vs. Moby Dick in which they played a giant penis and a whale respectively.

In 1998, they took The Mighty Boosh to the Edinburgh Festival, recruiting fellow comedian Rich Fulcher, whom the pair had met while working on Unnatural Acts. The show won the Perrier Award for Best Newcomer. During their residency at the Hen and Chickens Theatre in North London the following year, they built up a cult following, introducing new characters whilst developing old ones.

Arctic Boosh (1999)

Poster used in magazines and venues around the UK to promote the Boosh's nationwide 2008 tour.

In 1999, the Boosh returned to the Edinburgh Festival with a new show, Arctic Boosh, with Dave Brown acting as choreographer and photographer, as well as playing a variety of characters. Arctic Boosh sold out every night and was nominated for the Perrier Award.

Autoboosh (2000)

In 2000, the Boosh premiered their third stage show, Autoboosh, at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, adding Fielding's younger brother Michael to the cast. Autoboosh won the festival's Barry Award.

Nationwide tours

The Mighty Boosh Live (2006)

The Boosh returned to the stage in 2006, touring the UK for the first time. Though drawing heavily from their earlier material, the main story combined these elements into a new narrative. A recording of this show at the Brixton Academy was later released on DVD, before being broadcast on BBC Three on Boxing Day, 2007.

Boosh Live: Future Sailors Tour (2008/09)

The Boosh went on a second tour of the UK and Ireland from September 2008 to February 2009. The show featured characters from all three series as well as the Boosh Band.

They made appearances and DJed throughout the U.K after their live shows, at after parties held in different places in each city. The events were called "Outrage", after the saying by Tony Harrison.

Radio

The Boosh (2001)

From the success of Autoboosh, the BBC commissioned a six-part radio series for the Boosh. In October 2001 The Boosh radio series, produced by Danny Wallace, was broadcast on BBC London Live, then BBC Radio 4, and later on BBC 7. The show focuses on the adventures of a pair of zookeepers at "Bob Fossil's Funworld": deluded jazz enthusiast Howard TJ Moon, and fan of retro fashion Vince Noir.

Further appearances

The Mighty Boosh returned to radio on 22 October 2004, in a one-off comedy special for The Breezeblock, a show on BBC Radio 1.[6] Instead of the plot driven nature of their own series, this show featured improvised conversational comedy with Barratt, Fielding and Fulcher, combined with the show's usual mix of electronic music.

On 15 November 2007, as part of the publicity for the premier of their third series the same day, Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding returned to Radio 1, this time on Jo Whiley's Live Lounge.[7]

Television

The Mighty Boosh (2004-2007)

Opening titles of The Mighty Boosh on TV.

In May 2004, after the success of a Boosh pilot, Steve Coogan's company, Baby Cow Productions, produced the first television series of The Mighty Boosh for BBC Three, before it moved to BBC Two in November that same year. Though each episode invariably starts and ends in Dixon Bainbridge’s dilapidated zoo, the "Zooniverse", the characters of Vince and Howard often depart for other locations, such as the Arctic tundra and limbo.

A second series was then shown in July 2005, which saw Howard and Vince now sharing a flat in Dalston with previously minor characters Naboo and his familiar, Bollo. This series had an even looser setting as the four characters leave the confines of the flat in every episode, using their van to travel to further surreal environments.

Series three started in November 2007, still set in Dalston, but this time has the foursome working in their shop called the Nabootique. Their adventures and outings in the third series were more toned down than the previous two series', and they focused more on the involvement of new characters (e.g. Sammy the Crab, or Lester Corncrake, etc) than just the two of them 'journeying through time and space'.

A fourth series has been rumoured since the broadcast of the third, though no official confirmation has been released regarding this speculation.[8] It transpires that the fourth series will not be written until at least 2010, because of the duo's other commitments throughout 2009.[8] A Mighty Boosh movie has been rumored, as well, and it appears that there will be either a fourth series or a movie planned in 2010. There is evidence to suggest that Barratt and Fielding are planning such a film. Fielding has released such evidence on his Twitter account. On November 4, 2009, Noel Fielding announced on his Twitter Account, "Just a quick message to say my tour has been cancelled so that Julian and I can concentrate on writing the film and the album". Then, on February 4, 2010, Fielding announced on his Twitter account, "Ideas for the Boosh film taking shape and moving around on the floor." However, there has been no official word on the subject of a film.

Although BBC America originally aired only series 1 a few years ago in the U.S., The Mighty Boosh began airing in North America on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block, starting 29 March 2009 with the third series.[9]

The Mighty Boosh Night

On 22 March 2008, BBC Three broadcast a whole night of The Mighty Boosh from 9.05pm, starting with a new documentary entitled The Mighty Boosh: A Journey Through Time and Space, documenting the history of the Boosh from their first amateur performances to their then-upcoming 2008 tour. This was followed by six of Barratt and Fielding's favourite episodes from the three series: "Party", "The Power of the Crimp", "The Nightmare of Milky Joe", "The Priest and the Beast", "The Legend of Old Gregg" and "Tundra". The pair also appeared in live links throughout the night, in a similar style to the openings of Series 1 episodes. On 23 December 2008, BBC3 held a Merry Booshmas Party featuring the entire series 3 as well as a broadcast of The Mighty Boosh Live.[10]

Festival

On 5 July 2008, the Boosh held their own festival in the Hop Farm in Kent. It featured musical acts, Robots in Disguise, The Kills, Gary Numan, and The Mighty Boosh Band, as well as comedy acts Frankie Boyle and Ross Noble.

Spin-off

It was announced on 11 November 2008 that MTV has commissioned a spin-off series of The Mighty Boosh, starring Rich Fulcher as Eleanor the Tour Whore, the transvestite who appeared in the Series Three episode "Eels".[11] It is not clear if any other Mighty Boosh characters will appear in it. A 20-minute pilot episode has already been made, which can be viewed on several comedy websites currently and is expected to air on MTV2 shortly (as will the series).

Media

Audio CDs

Title Release date Contents Bonus material
The Mighty Boosh 8 November 2004 All 6 episodes of the Boosh's radio series across 3 discs Interview with producer Danny Wallace, outtakes
The Mighty Boosh Live 13 November 2006 Audio recording of their live show at Brixton Academy N/A

According to an official MySpace page for PieFace Records (the fictitious music label mentioned throughout the series), Barratt and Fielding are to release an album of music from the show, "along with extras, versions, remixes and rare unreleased stuff all to be released later in the year on their own label - this one.".[12] In interviews since, The Mighty Boosh have confirmed they will be releasing an album of their music.[13]

DVDs

Title UK Release date US Release date Contents Special features
The Mighty Boosh 29 August 2005 21 July 2009 All 8 episodes of the first television series across 2 discs Inside the Zooniverse, history of the Boosh, Boosh music, out-takes, picture gallery, commentary on "Bollo", "Tundra", "Electro" and "Hitcher".
The Mighty Boosh 2 13 February 2006 21 July 2009 All 6 episodes of the second series, plus a second disc of special features Boosh pilot, Boosh publicity, making of Series Two, commentary on all six episodes, photo gallery, out-takes, deleted scenes, Sweet
The Mighty Boosh: Series One & Two 13 February 2006 n/a Box set of first and second series DVDs, plus exclusive booklet Identical to individual releases
The Mighty Boosh Live 13 November 2006 n/a Recording of their live show at Brixton Academy Backstage & tour documentary, the Ralfe Band, a deleted scene, The Culture Show piece
The Mighty Boosh 3 11 February 2008 21 July 2009 All 6 episodes of the third series across 2 discs Making Boosh 3, Boosh publicity, deleted scenes, Mint Royale promo, Boosh music, out-takes, Boosh 3 trailer, audio commentaries
The Mighty Boosh Special Edition DVD 17 November 2008 13 October 2009 Box set of first three series DVDs, plus seventh disc Identical to individual releases, plus stickers, postcards, 'A Journey Through Time and Space' documentary, behind the scenes of a live night, footage from the Royal Television Society Awards, Dave Stewart interview, the making of Sammy the Crab, outtakes and deleted scenes from the pilot, pre-recorded live night links, cinema trailer, crimping collection, Unnatural Acts zoo-keeper sketches, Bob Fossil audio
Boosh Live; Future Sailors Tour 9 November 2009 n/a A DVD release of Boosh Live at the Manchester Apollo on 3 & 4 December 2008 Features the full show, commentary, audience participation option, Bob Fossil's Vietnam Video Diaries, highlights from The Mighty Boosh Festival and performances from the Teenage Cancer Trust concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Footage was filmed during the aftershow party that week at Club Academy, and members of the audience in costumes were filmed and photographed throughout the week, which may also add towards the additional features. There will also be a "Limited Edition".

Previously most of the DVDs were only released in Region 2 but as a result of a growing fan base in the U.S., the BBC rereleased in Region 1, Series 1-3 individually on 21 July 2009,[14][15] and a Special Edition Series 1-3 Boxset on 13 October 2009.[16]

Australian Releases

  • Series One - April 11, 2007
  • Series Two - April 12, 2007
  • Series Three - August 6, 2008
  • Live - December 3, 2008
  • Special Edition - August 6, 2009
  • Future Sailors Tour - November 10, 2009
  • Series One: Episodes 1-3 (Comedy Bites) - March 4, 2010

Books

On 18 September 2008, Canongate Books published The Mighty Book of Boosh, designed and compiled by Dave Brown and written by Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt, Rich Fulcher, Dave Brown, Richard Ayoade and Michael Fielding. The book includes original stories, crimps, concept art, behind-the-scenes photography, comics, and various other things, featuring old and new Mighty Boosh characters. On 1 October 2009, a paperback version was released under the name The Pocket Book of Boosh.

Awards

Particularly popular among followers of the indie and electro music genres which the NME magazine caters to, The Mighty Boosh has been recipient of the Shockwaves NME Awards Best TV Show for three consecutive years, even though there were no new episodes broadcast for the latter two of the three years.

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1999 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Perrier Comedy Award Arctic Boosh Nominated
2000 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Barry Award Autoboosh Won
2001 Douglas Adams Award Innovative Writing[17] The Boosh Won
2004 British Comedy Awards Best New TV Comedy Series 1 Nominated
2004 Loaded LAFTAS Funniest TV Programme Series 1 Nominated
2005 RTS Craft & Design Awards Costume Design - Entertainment and Non Drama Productions[18] June Nevin
Series 2
Nominated
2005 BAFTA Television Awards Best New Director (Fiction) Paul King
Series 2
Nominated
2008 Alistair Baldwin Comedy Awards Best Stage Show The Mighty Boosh Live Nominated
2006 Loaded LAFTAS Funniest TV Programme Series 2 Nominated
2006 Loaded LAFTAS Funniest Double Act Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding
Series 2
Nominated
2006 Loaded LAFTAS Funniest DVD Series 2 Nominated
2007 Chortle Awards Best Full-Length Solo Show[19] The Mighty Boosh Live Won
2007 Loaded LAFTAS Funniest TV Programme[20] Series 3 Won
2007 Loaded LAFTAS Funniest Double Act Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding
Series 3
Nominated
2007 NME Awards Best TV Show[21] Series 3 Won
2008 NME Awards Best TV Show[22] Series 3 Won
2008 RTS Programme Awards Situation Comedy and Comedy Drama[23] Series 3 Won
2009 NME Awards Best TV Show[24] Series 3 Won
2010 NME Awards Best DVD[25] Future Sailors Won

Notes

  1. ^ "The Mighty Boosh: A Journey Through Time and Space". The Mighty Boosh. 2008-03-22.
  2. ^ Raphael, Amy (2007-10-21). "Boys from the Boosh" (in English). The Observer. http://observer.guardian.co.uk/magazine/story/0,,2193898,00.html. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  3. ^ Inside the Zooniverse, The Mighty Boosh: Series 1, BBCDVD1553.
  4. ^ BBC. Where is series two set?, bbc.co.uk.
  5. ^ Barber, Nicholas (2007-12-09). "Noel Fielding: The comedian is returning to his first love - painting" (in English). The Independent. http://news.independent.co.uk/people/profiles/article3229391.ece. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  6. ^ Susie T. Radio 1 Breezeblock - The Mighty Boosh, The Mighty Boosh News Updates, 2004-11-17.
  7. ^ Jo Whiley. Mighty Boosh in the Live Lounge, BBC Radio 1, 2007-11-15.
  8. ^ a b British Sitcom Guide. About “The Mighty Boosh”.
  9. ^ Dragoncon08. Adult Swim Panel Highlights.
  10. ^ BBC. Mighty Boosh Night BBC Three, 2008-03-22.
  11. ^ Chortle: First TV Comedy shot only on mobilesAccessed 19/05/2009
  12. ^ "PieFace Records on MySpace Music". http://www.myspace.com/officialpiefacerecords. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  13. ^ "Work starts on Mighty Boosh film". Newsbeat. 2009-10-26. http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/entertainment/newsid_10000000/newsid_10002500/10002568.stm. Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  14. ^ It Is Coming: The Mighty Boosh Is Coming To Your American DVD Player, 2009-04-08.
  15. ^ [1], 2009-04-08.
  16. ^ [2], 2009-05-29.
  17. ^ Chortle. Boosh win writing prize, First Douglas Adams Award, 2001-10-26
  18. ^ Royal Television Society. RTS Craft & Design Awards 2004/2005, 2005-11-22.
  19. ^ Chortle. Chortle Awards, The UK Comedy guide, 2007.
  20. ^ Loaded. Loaded LAFTAS, 2007.
  21. ^ NME. The Mighty Boosh wins Best TV Show at Shockwave NME Awards, NME.COM, 2007-03-01.
  22. ^ NME. Shockwaves NME Awards 2008: The Mighty Boosh wins Best TV Show, NME.COM, 2008-02-28.
  23. ^ BBC. RTS Awards: Winners list, bbc.co.uk, 2008-03-20.
  24. ^ NME. The Mighty Boosh win Shockwaves NME Awards Best TV Show gong:, NME.COM, 2009-02-25.
  25. ^ http://twitter.com/nmeradio

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The Mighty Boosh (2004- ) is a surreal cult comedy which started as a stage show and then as a radio programme. It began on television as a show about two slightly hapless zookeepers under the supervision of Bob Fossil. It then took place in a flat in Camden Town in series 2 and in a store, "Nabootique," in series 3.

Come with us now, on a journey through time and space, to the world of The Mighty Boosh! Taglines

Contents

Series 1

Killeroo

Howard: I'll take you out for a meal with Mr and Mrs. Pain. Order up some violent quiche.

Both:
Captain Cabinets,
Trapped in cabinets.
Can he get out?
Will he get out?
Course he will.

Mutants

Bob Fossil: [Addressing children] Why are you people so small? I can rest my drinks on your heads.

Howard: Sometimes I wish I could just shed my skin and writhe about.
Mrs. Gideon: That's disgusting.
Howard: No, it's a metaphor.
Mrs Gideon: Still disgusting.

Bollo

Ape of Death: Now, prepare to die!
Howard: Aren't I already dead?
Ape of Death: Yeah, but it hurts more the second time.

Mr Susan: Choose the wrong mirror and you will be trapped here forever with nothing but your own reflection for company! Hee, hee, hee!
Vince: Yeah, okay. Sounds good.

Tundra

Howard: Just imagine the headlines; "Howard Moon, colon, Explorer." Got a nice ring to it, doesn't it?
Vince: "Colon explorer"? I think that's got the wrong ring to it.

Dixon Bainbridge: I understand it took Howard Moon one month to grow that moustache. Check the insect cabinet, I think we're one caterpillar short!

Jungle

Tommy: There are only two kinds of men who venture into the jungle at this time of night: a fool or an idiot.

Vince: Who are you?
Rudi: I go by many names.
Vince: Well, what are they, then?
Rudi: I'm getting round to that in my own good mystical time.

Charlie

Vince: You're in for a Hubba-Bubba nightmare.

Vince: It's impossible to be unhappy in a poncho.

Electro

The Spirit of Jazz: Chica-chic-ow... OW! Man, my hat's on fire! What's wrong with you? You blind? Why didn't you tell me?
Howard: Sorry, I thought it was your look.
The Spirit of Jazz: No, it ain't my look! This was a new hat, man!

Hitcher

Howard: Who are you, dealing out stories in chunks? Johnny Segment?

Bob Fossil: Technically, you're not a Peeping Tom if it's one of your relatives.

Series 2

The Call of the Yeti

Kodiac Jack: Book? No book will help you when there's a grizzly on the loose. [throws it out the window and knocks out a grizzly bear]

Kodiac Jack: Listen, boy. Have you ever had your scrotum pulled off by a mountain goat and seen him sell it on eBay a day later?
Howard: No.
Kodiac Jack: Have you ever been rohypnolled by a swan and ended up in Cancun?
Howard: No.
Kodiac Jack: Have you ever been to a key party with a herd of rhinos?
Howard: No.
Kodiac Jack: Well, I have. And it ain't perty!

The Priest and the Beast

Rudi: Is it so wrong for a man to love a guitar?
Spider: Yes, it is when he puts his balls inside it and strums himself to ecstasy!

Spider: This is all like Woodstock all over again. The idea is you play and then you scram! But oh, no, you wouldn't listen, would you? You wanted to hang around, didn't you? And then we got roped into tidying up. Me, you and Carlos Santana, hoovering for six weeks!
Rudi: Somebody had to clean up that mess.
Spider: We should have split like The Who. They were off in a shot! I didn't see Roger Daltrey in no flippin' apron. [At the end of the episode Daltrey himself is seen hoovering the set, wearing a pink apron]

Nanageddon

Vince: Goth Juice... the most powerful hairspray known to man. Made from the tears of Robert Smith.

Vince: Where could she be? How do we find an old lady?
Howard: An old Comanche Indian saying; "The best place to hide a leaf is in the forest."
Vince: You think she's in the forest?

The Fountain of Youth

Howard: I don't accessorize. I'm Howard Moon. There's a simple truth to me.

Vince: Howard? Do you think it's going to be all right?
Howard: No. We're going to die in the most horrific way known to man.
Vince: We had some good times though, didn't we?
Howard: Yeah... Remember the time we had that soup?
Vince: [Laughs] That was brilliant.
Both: Soup, soup, a tasty soup, soup, a spicy carrot and coriander.
Vince: Chili chowder!
Both: Crouton, crouton, crunchy friends in a liquid broth. I am gazpacho, oh, I am a summer soup, oh! Miso, miso! Fighting in the dojo, miso, miso! Oriental prince in the land of soup!
Vince: Ah, classic times.
Howard: Crazy days.

The Legend of Old Gregg

Fisherman: Some say he used to drum for the Kaiser Chiefs. Actually, not many people say that. In fact, it's just me who says that.

[Talking about Old Gregg.]
Lucian: Some say he's half man, half fish. Others say its more of a 70/30 split. Whatever the percentage, he's one fishy bastard.
Colin: Some say he's a ghost; can't catch what don't exist... Hook goes right through him.
Lucian: Some say he's acquired the taste of human meat, won't respond to conventional bait; only way to hook him is to use a child's toe.
The Moon: Some say Old Gregg is like a big fish finger, but big like, umm... like a garage. As big as a garage. Imagine a fish finger as big as a garage! Oooh, it's a big one!

The Nightmare of Milky Joe

Howard: Okay, we've got to pool our resources. Tweezers, matches, twine, geological hammer. What have you got?
Vince: Kings of Leon CD.
Howard: Great. Well, that's useless, isn't it?
Vince: It's not useless, it's a blinding album. Better than their first one, and they came up with it really quickly.
Howard: Thanks, NME. It's useless to us on a desert island though, isn't it?
Vince: Well, it does double up as a mirror. [stares at his reflection in the CD]

Howard: I've actually written a short piece whilst on the island called "Isolation." Perhaps I could play it now?
Vince: Maybe later, eh?.
Howard: Yeah, maybe later.
Vince: Maybe not at all.
Howard: ... Yeah, maybe later.

Series 3

Eels

Howard: The tweed utility patch: scuffproof, weatherproof, even bulletproof, sir.
The Hitcher: Are you bulletproof, boy?
Howard: ... Don't know.

Eleanor: I'm a woman in the prime of her life who needs love-squeezins!

Journey to the Center of the Punk

Howard: What are you angry about?
Vince: Government.
Howard: Government? Ooohh.
Vince: And climate change.
Howard: Climate change?
Vince: It's getting hot, Howard. Haven't you noticed?
Howard: Why do you care about that? Because it makes your hair a little more difficult to straighten?
Vince: That, and it's a bit clammy.

Vince: I don't pick stuff up, I knock stuff down!

The Power of the Crimp

Vince: All he needs now is a tall northern jazzy freak with a moustache and no dress sense.
Howard: Is this how you win people over?
Vince: Ah, look, I can't express myself like you! I haven't got a pencil case story! He's tryin' to drive a wedge between us, Howard! We've got history! We're like ying and yang!
Howard: Yeah, well, I'm not gonna take him up on his offer, you know. I don't need him. I've already got a shallow mate who dresses like a... futuristic prostitute.
Vince: [smiles] Thanks, Howard.

Vince, Howard, Naboo and Bollo:
Tube Mouse, I love you so,
I took you from the underground,
And brought you home,
Put you in my jacket pocket,
And took you to the meeting,
Put you in my jacket pocket,
And took you to the meeting.

The Strange Tale of the Crack Fox

Howard: I'm going to Jazzercise. Working out to hot be-bop. Circuit training to John Coltrane.

Tony Harrison: What's he looking at?
Dennis: Nobody knows. Kirk is journeying far into the astral realm.
Tony Harrison: He's off his tits!

Party

Tony Harrison: I have bought not one, not two, but three crates of poppers! We are having it large!
Dennis: Where is Mrs. Harrison in all this?
Tony Harrison: She's staying with her sister in Bournemouth. I just have to find a quiet spot, tell her I'm going to bed at half nine and carte blanche! I am greenlit the whole way!

Tony Harrison: Feel my multi-hexagonal textured alien barbed penis!

The Chokes

Bob Fossil: Hey, Moon, you look like Zorro on Gay Night. [pauses as Howard says nothing] Nice comeback?

Montgomery Flange: Lesson 49: Object Animation. What do you see in front of you?
Howard Moon: A pencil.
Montgomery Flange: A pencil? No, no, no! Look, it's Niagara Falls, it's a seagull, it's cheese in the shape of a question mark! It's anything you bloody want it to be! You try!... Come on!
Howard Moon: I don't know what to do. I can't make it into anything else. It's just a pencil, you stupid old git!
Montgomery Flange: YES! You've found the truth! You're an actor now and I'm as hard as the cobra!

From the 2006 Tour

Rudi: [to a heckler] Shut your mouth, or I shall fly at you like a bag of cocks.
Vince: And you will receive him like a satchel of vaginas. Tag team putdowns.

Vince: [as a Russian woman] Last time you gave me pie, I cut into it with my tiny pie-cutter, and millions of birds flew out, hitting me in the eyes and the temples! I was confused! 'Twas a trick pie!

Vince: Howard Moon: Jazz Maverick, Novelist, Cyclist, Genre-Spanner, Rider of the Penny Farthing, Stamp Collector...
Howard: [Introducing Vince] Vince Noir; Electro... Poof!

The Hitcher: Two hundred years inside that box! For crimes against humanity! That's right, ladies and gentlemen, I raped a dolphin. But technically it was a porpoise. But one blow-hole's the same as the next to me!

[Rudi and The Hitcher are swordfighting.]
Rudi: You'll never win, you know.
The Hitcher: Oh, yeah? Why's that?
Rudi: Because I taught you everything you know.
The Hitcher: You might have taught me everything I know, but you didn't teach me everything you know.
Rudi: ... What does that mean?
The Hitcher: Ah, fuck it. [they continue to fight]

Taglines

  • Come with us now, on a journey through time and space, to the world of The Mighty Boosh!
  • The Boosh is loose and we're a little bit raw!
  • The Boosh is loose and it's coming at you like a shark with knees!
  • The Boosh is loose and it's coming at you like a wet flannel!
  • The Boosh is loose and it's coming at you like a typhoon with the flu!
  • Boosh! Boosh! Stronger than a moose! Don't lock your door or we'll come through your rooftop!
  • The Boosh is loose; see it or throw your eyes in the bin!

Cast

External links

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Simple English

The Mighty Boosh
Medium Theatre, Radio, Television
Nationality British (4 members)
American (1 member)
Years active 1998–present
Genres Double act, surreal humour
Subject(s) The mighty bosh during their live show.
Influences The Goodies, Mr Benn
Notable works and roles The Mighty Boosh (stage show, 1998)
Arctic Boosh (1999)
Autoboosh (2000)
The Boosh (2001)
The Mighty Boosh (TV series, 2004–present)
The Mighty Boosh Live (2006)
Members Julian Barratt
Noel Fielding
Dave Brown
Michael Fielding
Rich Fulcher
Website The Mighty Boosh Online

The Mighty Boosh is a British comedy television series that is shown on BBC Three. It was also a radio programme. Since the television series, there have been live tours of it.

The first series is about two zoo keepers called Howard and Vince. The second series is also about them but is set in a flat. The third is set in a shop.

History

Fielding first met Barratt after seeing him perform his solo stand-up performance at the Hellfire Comedy Club in the Wycombe Swan theatre.[1] The pair soon found that they shared comic interests, formed a double act, and "decided to be the new Goodies".[2] After their first performance together at a bar in London in April 1998, Barratt and Fielding developed their zookeeper characters - Howard Moon and Vince Noir, respectively - in a series of sketches for Paramount Comedy’s Unnatural Acts. It was here that they also met Rich Fulcher, who would become Bob Fossil. Fielding’s friend Dave Brown and Fielding's own brother Michael also became regular collaborators.

The Boosh soon produced three stage shows - The Mighty Boosh (1998), Arctic Boosh (1999) and Autoboosh (2000) - all of them were at the Edinburgh Fringe. With the success of Autoboosh, a radio series was commissioned by the BBC. Produced by Danny Wallace, The Boosh was first broadcast in 2001 on BBC London Live, later moving to BBC Radio 4, from which the team were given a half-hour television show of the same name.

The first eight-part series, directed by Paul King, was then commissioned for BBC Three and broadcast in 2004, with a second of six episodes the following year. The second series moved away from the zoo setting, and instead Howard, Vince, Naboo the shaman and Bollo the talking ape living in a flat in Dalston.[3] In 2006, the Boosh returned to theatre with The Mighty Boosh Live, which featured a new story entitled "The Ruby of Kukundu".

After two years, the Boosh returned to the television in November 2007. Set in Naboo’s second-hand shop below the flat, the third series drew in approximately one million viewers with its first episode,[4] and in light of its success, BBC Three broadcast an entire night of The Mighty Boosh on March 22, 2008, which included a new documentary and six of Barratt and Fielding's favourite episodes from all three series.

There will not be a fourth series till at least 2010 because they will be working upon a movie. This movie has been confirmed by the BBC. [5]

References

  1. "The Mighty Boosh: A Journey Through Time and Space". The Mighty Boosh. 2008-03-22.
  2. Raphael, Amy (2007-10-21). "Boys from the Boosh" (in English). The Observer. http://observer.guardian.co.uk/magazine/story/0,,2193898,00.html. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  3. BBC. Where is series two set?, bbc.co.uk.
  4. Barber, Nicholas (2007-12-09). "Noel Fielding: The comedian is returning to his first love - painting" (in English). The Independent. http://news.independent.co.uk/people/profiles/article3229391.ece. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  5. The Variety - "BBC's 'Boosh' looks to big screen - URL accessed 15 March, 2009








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