Before finding The Mighty Boosh, I never thought that a TV Show can have a national tour and I never know that a comedian can be like a pop/rock star.
The Mighty Boosh Live started from 1 February 2006 to 18 April 2006. The five guys of The Mighty Boosh, Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Rich Fulcher, Mike Fielding and Dave Brown toured across the country to do 55 shows in total.
Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding had been doing small stage since they found each other…their double act always showed a kind of story, not simply a stand up piece. I remembered an interview saying that they often warmed the audience up by doing normal stand up and once the audience was pumped up, they began their piece which often made people confused. Anyone who had seen the Mighty Boosh knows perfectly well how odd their comedy is…but just like the TV Show that came after that small stage, they slowly gaining fans and even TV People.
Julian said that when the TV people saw their live stage-show, they said how can they turn such good stage performance into a TV show? They look great live. But when they had made it into TV Show and proposed a live tour, the TV people said how can they turn such good TV show into a live stage? … Silly question, don’t you think? The Mighty Boosh rooted from live stage-show, it was easy for them to do it again.
Julian and Noel were quite surprised in a pleasant way when they realized that they have been loved by many people. The show was a huge success. The fans were insane, a lot of them came in costume as one of The Mighty Boosh characters.
They recorded their Live Stage-show and released it as DVD on 13 November 2006. It was a show at Brixton Academy. The show was as hilarious as the TV Show. I couldn’t stop laughing and wishing I was there seeing them live.
The show began with Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding welcoming the audience and introducing themselves ad Vince Noir and Howard Moon. They began talking with each other and we can see how well they work together…they are such a great double act. They know their timing well. They did a small comic theatrical act called Pie…which was very silly.
After the silly pie act, they introduce the rest of The Mighty Boosh: Naboo the enigma played by Mike Fielding, Bollo the gorilla played by Dave Brown, and Bob Fossil played by Rich Fulcher. Each character has their own moment to be comic…my favorite is when they introduced Bollo, it was the funniest out of three…in my opinion.
…and finally, the first half of the show began!
It’s a little piece we’ve written for you, I hope you’ll enjoy it. It’s simply called “The Ruby of Kokundo”
The story was basically a mix of their well-known “TUNDRA” from their Radio Show, TV Show and their Edinburg show Arctic Boosh…with some addition.
Noel changed his shirt into his famous Mirrorball Suit (looking extremely sexy) and Julian changed his formal suit into his trade-mark shirt. They were both playing as shop keepers. Naboo owned the shop. An archeologist left a box for Naboo but Howard opened the box and found it empty. But the box was not empty at all, once Howard left the room, The Piper Twin and The Hitcher came out of the box…and of course, it’s impossible to have The Hitcher without his song (you can see and hear it HERE). I love the song so much, I have it as my ring tone for months. The Hitcher is supposed to be a green man but since they didn’t have time to put color on Noel’s face, so he only wore hat and white wig.
It was fun seeing how Noel changed so much from him being Vince Noir (who is so similar to his real personality) to him being The Hitcher. His way of telling story was also different, no more ‘yeah’ and ‘right’ on the end of his sentences when he became The Hitcher.
The Hitcher stabbed Naboo and Bollo told Vince and Howard that to save Naboo, they have to find the scared Ruby of Kokundo in either Spain or Arctic Tundra.
And that’s the end of first half. Vince went to Spain and Howard to Arctic Tundra.
The second half was opened by The Moon.
I am not going to talk much about the second half as it will give too many spoilers…even though I know for sure you knowing the whole story will not spoiled the comic effect as I didn’t give any spoiler on the jokes 😉
Anyway, Howard went to the Arctic and Vince to Spain to retrieve the Ruby.
What I like the most about this Live Show is how carefree they were! They danced and sang and did silly things as if they were children when they were actually men in their thirties. I also like the double act moment, Julian and Noel are clearly made for each other.
I also like the back stage part in the extra. We can see their rehearsal, what’s going on behind the show and the people involved in the back stage. We can also see how the five of them tried to switch their costume as fast as they can because the whole show is only filled with the five of them as many characters. There are also some interviews with the fans.
In short…I totally ENJOY the stage show. I have seen it three times and it gets funnier every time I rewatch it.
Live Stage Show Details:
Director: Paul King
Cast and Characters:
Julian Barratt : Howard moon, Rudy, Yeti.
Noel Fielding: Vince Noir, The Hitcher, The Moon, The Arctic Man, Old Gregg.
Rich Fulcher: Bob Fossil, the ancient Yeti, Archeologist, The Piper Twin, a Spanish man, the Forest, the Big Leg Detective.
Mike Fielding: Naboo, the ancient Yeti, a Spanish man, Black Rider.
Dave Brown: Bollo, the ancient Yeti, The Piper Twin, a Spanish man.
Matt Berry: special guest.