I have always found Noel Fielding to be a funny guy. Like most people, I first heard of him as one half of The Mighty Boosh, where he worked alongside Julian Barratt, doing live shows, then radio and TV shows for the BBC. I even worked in Borders when they did a book signing and I saw them and everything, it was quite exciting. Although The Boosh has been away for a while, I enjoyed Bunny And The Bull, a comedy directed by another Boosh alumni, Paul King, and featuring cameos by Noel and Julian. I like Noel’s solo stand up too, it’s very weird and out there, but somehow funny at the same time.
But unfortunately, his solo TV show has been an unruly mess. With a seemingly endless cast of odd looking new characters, very little of the show has actually worked out, with laughs being few and far between. Episode 7 was more of the same, hardly anything to laugh about, but a colourful show that almost hurts the eyes to watch.
There’s a Brian/Bryan fight between Ferry (with a kite for a head) and Eno (who is a Frisbee with magnetic humus on one side), which only serves to remind you of the Ferry sighting in The Hitcher episode of the Boosh, with Julian Barratt as the Roxy Music singer, living in the forest and looking strangely like Terry Wogan.
Joey Ramone claims to have conjunctivitis and he isn’t crying when he’s missed a bus to get to CBGB’s and can’t afford a taxi, while Fantasy Man travels into The Valley Of The Chavs, where he works out some anger issues with the chavs who call him a batty boy and slag off his foam cup beard. And the series comes to an end with a disastrous barbeque, where we discover that Noel always has a breakdown when he tries to cook the sausages, and that all the characters in the show are figments of his imagination.
E4 has already renewed the show for a second series, but it’s hard to see why. It just wasn’t funny enough, and although Fielding has a lot of very loyal fans, I find it hard to believe that they have really enjoyed the show and have been left wanting more. The shows blend of live action, animation, music and mayhem never quite works, and I don’t see how series 2 could be any better unless Fielding rips up the script and starts from scratch. So I think I’ll skip the second series, and just re-watch some classic Boosh. I recommend you do the same.