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I never realised that the mighty boosh partnership of Noel fielding and Julian Barrett, had created a live verion of their hit show the mighty boosh. I only realised this when I was browsing on yotube for various random clips of them.
I am a huge fa of the mighty boosh. I only really watched the thrd series on TV as I didn't know about them before that, but at christmas, first I recieved the mighty book of boosh, and then on my following birthday, I recieved all three series in a boxset, with bonus features!
Anyway, After I watched all ree series I really wanyed to know what else they had done and kept my eyes open for a merchandise, I then saw advertised somewher this DVD.
This show is a couple of hours long and basically uses material from the first two series of the boosh and condenses into a two hour show. This show uses all of the characters that were involved in the original shows such as Bob Fossil, Bollo and Naboo (being the less important characters) and obviously not forgetting Howard Moon and Vince Noir (the two main characters).
This show bases itself on different sketches that have ben used i their previous series such as tundra and the legend of old gregg, so you do get used to seeing all of theseweird and wonderful characters now and again.
I have to say one of the characters that I wished they didn't have to put in this show was Bob fossil, as I have to admit, lets just say I didn't really like the character, on occasions, I have to admit the actor playing him (but with different charaters could be very funny, but mostly not!
I would say, that if you haven't watched th first two series of the mighty boosh before watching this show, you definitey wouldn't get the full experience, as you wouldn't get some of the references to the jokes, but if you have watched them then go out and live a little, it is a very good show, and although there was a script to it, it still felt very real! (not the stories they told byh the way!)
After the well deserved success of series one and two, Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt bring you the Mighty Boosh: Live. The Live show in my opinion is very well crafted and the chemistry between the duo can be seen and is stronger than ever.
After the Hitcher escapes, Bollo impresses Peter Jackson and a quick game of pelt the rabbit, Vince Noir and Howard Moon embark on a journey to find the Ruby of Kakundoo.
What can you expect?
The show starts out with a bit of stand up and the introduction to the characters that we all know and love from the first two series. If you have never seen 'The Mighty Boosh' series then watch it before buying this dvd. Although it is possible to watch it without knowing any of the characters, the impact of some of the jokes would be lost on you if you havent seen the series. Also it shows off Noel and Julian's musical talents with a couple of memorable and catchy tunes!
The budget was low for the tour and therefore the special effects aren't great, but in these circumstances they just add to the charm of the whole show. Well, in my opinion they do anyway!
Is it for you?
It is not for all audiences, it is a certificate 15 (mainly because of the swearing and some rather risque jokes. If you are easily offended then stay away, and if you don't have an open mind or a sense of humour then also stay away. However, I would definitely recommend this if you like Monty Python, Red Dwarf and Fawlty Towers. It holds the same silly humour that you cant help but fall in love with!
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The Mighty Boosh in my opinion is the work of comedy Genius. A lot of the people i speak to about the Mighty Boosh state that they just don't get it, but i really feel there is nothing to get. The Mighty Boosh is all about just not thinking into it, its fun, silly, quirky, weird, wrong but hilarious. Julian Barrat and Noel Fielding play Howard Moon and Vince Noir in the Mighty Boosh adventures. Howard moon is the older less cool jazz fan, usually mocked but realistically a lot smarter than his co-star Vince Noir the electric cool king of Camden Elite, and adorable but stupid character who female fans can't help but fall in love with.
The live DVD starts off in a stand-up like setting, introducing the different characters and explaining what they've been up to, all are hilarious with the exception of Bob Fossil, who i personally believe is a rubbish character played by an annoying actor, however that is the point! The DVD then goes into small sketches such as Pies, which is absolutely hilarious and you may ahve seen if you watched the secret policeman's ball in 2007. The DVD goes into a sketch called the Ruby of Kukunu, however you spell it, which follows Vince and Howard on a mission to find a Ruby which will help bring their friend Naboo the enigma back to life after he was brutally murdered by a cockney ghost named the kitcher, who once raped a dolphin!
The Dvd is packed full of laughs and whether you are a fan of the Boosh or not this DVD is brilliant! It can be found very cheap in many different DVD retailers and is definitely a great gift if you have a teenager around!
I love the Mighty Boosh and was gutted when I didn't manage to get any tickets to see them at the Live show 2008. Only at the last minute, literally about 5 days before the gig I managed to get hold of 2 front row tickets for the Leeds show from a friend! So on the 9th December myself and a friend went along to the Grand theatre in Leeds city centre for a night of pure comedy. We were seated more or less in the middle of the front row.
Before the show we had a chance to buy the merchandise. I would have liked one of everything but it was really expensive so I only ended up buying a mug. All the Merch can be seen on the Boosh's website.
The show started at about 7:30pm where Julian and Noel coming on the stage dressed as the future sailors. They sang a few songs and they came back on the stage dressed in there normal clothes and have a bit of a playful chat. They refered to characters from the show, made playful fun of the Kings Of Leon and also made a few jokes about Leeds as it is Julians hometown. I really enojoyed this first 15 or so minutes as there was a lot of laughs to be had.
Throughout the first half we are introduced to 'special guests' from the past three series including Tony Harrison, the Crack Fox and the hilarious Bob Fossil (his coughing routine was legend!). With the small sketches of the special guests are plently of laugh out loud gags and jokes. I was in stiches for most of the time and so was everyone else around me. Another special guest is The Hitcher played by Noel who actually talked to my friend!
After The Hitcher was the interval, which was about 15 minutes long.
The second half was with Julian, a environmentally concerned citizen, giving long speeches about the world coming to an end. An unfunny subject that the Boosh managed to make enjoyable. Noel, who is at this time dressed in a blond wig and gold armour suit, ruins the seriousness of Julians act and gives it the old Boosh quirkyness.
The show ends with music from the Boosh band- The Ungrateful Dead playing some of the old classsics from the past three series.
All in all I really enjoyed the Boosh live 2008 and will defiantly buy the Dvd when it comes out. The show was original and hilariopus and well worth the money. Keep up the good work!
Well, Dooyoo have messed this up a bit, as I requested the Mighty Boosh 2008 stage show, and they seem to be referring to the 1st Live Show on DVD - but hey ho. I went to see the Boosh at Bristol Hippodrome on Monday (27th October 2008), and it is the 'live' Live Show that I am reviewing.
Loved the radio show, loved the first two series, loved the Live Show (pictured above) and loved the last series, would love watching Noel Fielding watching paint dry - so I was very excited to get tickets to see the Mighty Boosh! On arrival at the Hippodrome we were allowed straight in to find our seats, perusing the over-priced merchandise on the way. (Crack Fox T-shirts and Eels pants available on the Mighty Boosh official website.) The Hippodrome is quite a small venue, and very traditional, the sort of place you'd expect to see a Pantomime, which of course in a way we did! From the Balcony where we sat we were not quite close enough to eat Noel with a spoon, but had an excellent view.
Like the first DVD Live Show, the line between what is performance between Noel and Julian, and Vince and Howard, is blurred. The pair do plenty of front of curtain bantering, just like in the first show it almost appears as if they are playing for time, enquiring how each other is, making remarks about members of the audience (many of whom had come dressed as characters from the TV Shows). Of course, we're all fans, so their playful chatting is greeted with enthusiastic whoops. Vince reveals that the show is sponsered by fashionista Jean Paul Jackettie and attempts to mention his products (including the new perfume - my review title is the strap line) as much as possible, whilst purest Howard is horrified and insists on his own talents being he driving force behind the show, even as we hear his internal monologue admitting "I've done nothing, I'm nearly 40, soon I'll be 50 and then I'll be dead".
Unlike the previous show though, this time there is far less structure. This time they don't have years of carefully honed stand up material up their sleeves, and there is no lengthy Mighty Boosh sketch included (like Tundra and the Nabootique sketches in the first show). The first half consists mainly of introductions of 'Special Guests' - these are familiar and welcomed characters from the Mighty Boosh series, including Tony Harrison, and the wonderful but terrifying Crack Fox with a laugh out loud funny rendition of Ride On Time. To be honest, there isn't a lot of writing here, I laughed plenty, but what we were given was a parade of characters, with some failures of scenery and so on that were made much of - the shambolic nature of a Live show being reveled in. The Boosh relied on us loving them. The first half was supposed to last an hour but over ran by over 15 minutes - so at least some of the 'mistakes' must have been genuine, whereas others I'm sure we'll find (when the new DVD is released) were carefully choreographed.
The Mighty Boosh's very own Pantomime baddie, The Hitcher, turns up with a musical number and some audience banter, but he seems somewhat toned down - perhaps a nod towards the increasingly young audiences that the Boosh receive. This is a shame I think (why can't some parents just understand that not everything is for their precious children?) as The Hitcher's first live appearance (on DVD) was genuinely disturbing and broke new ground that the series could only hint at.
After the Interval Howard/Julian attempts to channel the evening into serious drama, with a worthy and wordy play about the environment. Naturally he has cast himself as the smug saviour of the world, and this proves too tempting for Vince, who sabotages this play in favour of his own version. This is what we expect from The Mighty Boosh and is the only consistent piece of new writing in the show. We're rewarded by Noel, gold miniskirted and blond wigged, sat astride a giant hairdryer. "I'm from the phew-chaar" he trills - explaining that his accent is a mixture of Chinese and Chav, that everyone speaks in the phew-chaar.
The Mighty Boosh seem set on blurring the boundaries between comedy and rock and roll too, having hosted a festival this summer and involving their own live band in the show - The Ungrateful Dead. Music (as well as crimping) has always been a big part of Boosh shows, but the finale to this latest show was several very loud and enthusiastic performances - notably a frenzied rendition of Nanagedon. (There is surely no man alive who could look so great dressed as his granny as Noel does.)
Reading back, I have criticised the show a lot, I should end by telling you that I loved it, I laughed lots and so did everyone around me. I think this show is for confirmed fans, it is very referential. If you've been in a cockerel's boot for the last few years and haven't yet discovered the Boosh, watch the DVDs, but if you're already a fan it is unlikely that this show will disappoint - get hold of tickets if you can.