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Don't know why there seems to be so much hatred for it on twitter...I thought it was reasonable...
Thought it to be very try hard KERRRAAAZZZZZEEEEEEEEE!!11!!1!!! (even for him)
So I turned over
whilst i had a few booze.
If you like what he does, well, this was what he does.
The first half was better than the second but... well, it's just Noel Fielding. If anyone loved The Mighty Boosh and utterly hated this, there's got to be an element of snobbery in there somewhere. ("It's not my secret anymore...") I wouldn't say it's as good as The Mighty Boosh but nonetheless it's the same vein of humour isn't it?
because they were just sketches, no overall plotline to keep you interested in the whimsy. Plus no Julian Barratt, so there wasn't a 'straight man' in with the absurdity. I love the Mighty Boosh (which was popular, wasn't it? Not very secret) and I love Noel Fielding when he appears as himself on things, but I had to turn this off about 10 mins in.
I haven't actually seen it yet, but I couldn't actually bring myself to watch it until I'd heard some opinions.
I used to love Russell Brand's radio show. However, I found it genuinely unlistenable when Matt Morgan wasn't on; hearing Brand on his own and without a straight-man to bounce off was car crash stuff. Like, properly unpleasant, in an existential way; a man caught in an endless loop of his own brain problems, arrogance and insecurity. Like tapes retrieved from the basement of an abandoned mental health facility.
There was, however, one thing worse than Brand alone: Brand co-presenting with Noel Fielding. Both very funny people in the right context; an utter horrorshow in the same room.
But people used to lap up the Brand / Fielding pairing. It's like they were dazzled by the sheer charisma, forgetting that (together) they were completely drained of comedy.
I met Matt Morgan in the Crobar after a Silver Mount Zion gig, he was a really nice bloke. True story.
That's a good way of describing what it was like last night actually. It's also the reason I enjoyed it
but just as i was going to call jullian barratt the straight man, i realise that this is not necessarily so.....fielding is, in some ways, the most conventional of the two, cos he is just like always childish and shallow, his, is a constant sort of personality, Howard moon is deep and complex, he is the genre bender, he does deep AND shallow and all the shades inbetween.
I rate Julian Barret far more than Noel fielding because Howard can cut it without Noel, not vice versa.
Look at how brilliant Julian Barrat was in Nathan Barley, he portrayed all the inner tormented desperation subtly and effortlessly.
PS you know the episode in NB when he goes to the 'mens toilets' thats based on a true thing that Russel Brand did :D
...but they lack proper structure and aren't particularly funny. He needs Julian Barrett to reign him in. He needs Barrett to sit on him when he begins to flutter.
Also, I understand that no comedian/artist is sui generis, but Noel Fielding keeps chucking in influences like Jodorowsky, Dali etc. They don't really lend themselves to comedy (well, art critics will probably say that Dali's output is 'deliriously comical'' or 'amusing''...but it's not. No one has ever laughed at a Dali painting. They are lying.)
For 'power of id'' comedy that is truly jarring, look no further then Vic'N'Bob: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Csrx6cKslNc
agree with the lack of structure. Like the Boosh and like him on Buzzcocks, but that's because there are boundaries he can contrast against. When it's just him playing off him it just comes out as a shapeless mess - see also, his live stand up.
With Vic 'n' Bob you can see that their main aim is to make each other laugh (even if it means they're not sharing the joke with anybody else). They're a little two man cult, speaking their own language while everyone else tries to decipher it.
I wish we could trim back some of the panel shows or the indulgent personal whims of Fielding and his ilk to make room for the pinched budget, DIY comedy shows.....the sort of bedroom tinkerers (see: Limmy) who form on axis of surreal, misanthropic and/or playfully upbeat comedy (stuff that looks like TV, but how TV looks when you're abit under the weather). See: Adam and Joe, Limmy, early Charlie Brooker etc.
Thank you for the reminder :)
I think it's actually a bit special. Manages to straddle the line between traditional sketch-based comedy and wonky, slighty more unnerving/surreal stuff. Plus: referencing Silent Hill and Lovecraft is a winner for me.
I love this aspect of them. There's no aspect of thinking about what other people want to see or what would make the most viewers laugh; they're just letting you in on a bit of their private joke.
this to be a massive flop, i think even most boosh fans wont like it, im not a massive fan of mighty boosh but it was ok and watchable and got the odd laugh from me. this i found was just trying to be crazy for crazys sake and was totally pointless and unfunny.
I maybe laughed once. It was deeply shit, and infuriatingly self-consciously wacky. I've never seen the Mighty Boosh but based on this, I'm not sure I'd like it very much.
And that's whay I don't like cricket
Because that was trying to be deliberately wacky, but unlike Noel Fielding last night, it was watchable, not the funniest thing, but good to look at in a sort of weird warped telly tubby way, you thought that something really extreme was going to happen, but it never did, it was quite gentle.
Plus the comedy songs, normally comedy songs are rubbish, even the great steve coogan cant pull them off, but in Jinsy, they fitted quite well.
I suppose it's inevitble give his "sparkling" personality, but Julian is by far the more talented of the two.
The radio and first tv series of the Boosh remain great (series 2 and 3 were complete trash) and all of the best moments were with/about Julian and his shit life, with Noel playing the antagonist.
What's that Noel, a horse with a bongo? Great.
Just watch the Old Gregg scene. All the laughs come from him.