If you’re not a Mighty Boosh fan – you should be. The British cult TV series featured comedians Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding. The duo portrayed Howard Moon and Vince Noir – the mismatched buddy pair who were our ambassadors into the surreal world of Milky Joe, Old Gregg, and Future Sailors. (Yes, all this mean nothing unless you’ve seen the comedy series.)
Jump ahead to to 2012. This past weekend I watched Noel Fielding’s latest British TV series, Luxury Comedy. The show is coined as:
“A Psychedelic character-based comedy show half filmed and half animated, with music provided by Kasabian’s Sergio Pizzorno.”
Basically, it’s Mighty Boosh but without Julian Barratt to ground the story down and make it palatable. After about 10 minutes the show just starts getting really annoying. Stressing the importance of a good straight man, Luxury Comedy would benefit from the appearance of glum Howard Moon talking about such mundane things as the importance of staplers and a quirky love for jazz – bringing the show back to earth. Watching Luxury Comedy was like eating too much candy: good at first – leading to a stomach ache by the end.
I loved the surreal set design and animation of Luxury Comedy – but it just made me miss the magical chemistry of Mighty Boosh. So in honor of Howard Moon and Vince Noir, enjoy a few classic clips of Mighty Boosh’s greatest hits: