But unlike Reeves and Mortimer, the Boosh zookeepers turned postmen Howard Moon (Juilan) and Vince Noir (Noel), never leave their own world. The Mighty Boosh inhabits a universe entirely of its own.
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I listen to a lot of BBC Radio Comedy from their website, everything from the Goon Show to the Pythonesque 80's. When I caught the last segment of The Boosh, I immediately did an Audible search to buy the rest of it. The characters are instantly established and the comedy that ensues is some of the funniest ever recorded. Simply and brilliantly absurd. Like Python, it will surely be repeated verbatim from the lips of the next generation.
This is one of my favorite Audible downloads. Lots of fun with wit and improvosation throughout. Do yourself a favor and spend a book credit. If you don't find yourself laughing out loud, ask someone you trust if they think you have a sense of humor. Cheers!
Kelly, Aussie living in Nashville, Employment Specialist, Writer & so on
Zany bizarre hilarity
Vince asking if the black spots on bananas are tarantula eggs
Their hilarious vocal characteristics
The tv show is better due to the surreal visuals & hilarious antics of the cast. Bob Fossil is one of my favorites. The great thing about this audio version, however - is that you get to use your imagination, which is what it's all about!
Just as fun and entertaining as the TV show!
Bob Fossil cracks me up every time!
These two have great chemistry together and work off each other so well.
I laughed out loud at more then a few points.
I almost didn't buy this because I thought it might be just audio from the TV series, which I've already watched a few times. But no, it's all fresh material! Very similar to the TV show, but not the same. If you enjoyed the show, or even if you've only seen the infamous "Old Gregg" sketch on Youtube, you will LOVE this audio performance.
The boys do a fantastic job of conveying all the bizarre images and ideas of their world in a radio-show format. It sounds great and I found myself laughing uncontrollably every five minutes or so. There's also an interview with the guys at the end.
If you've never heard or seen Mighty Boosh before, it's a totally absurd and surreal semi-improvised comedy act. It centers on two main characters, with help here from a third. There's a loose framework that the two main guys are employed in a zoo owned by the third guy, and the zoo does come into it, but only as a launching point for utterly insane otherworldly shenanigans.
If you're already a fan of Boosh, buy it. If absurdity makes you laugh, buy it. If you like everything to remain neat, logical, and under control, keep moving.
You have to listen to this. It is so funny, hip, and down right odd. I've fallen in love with the world of the Mighty Boosh and hope you will too.
"Best British radio comedy in years"
This collection contains all 6 episodes of the 2002 BBC radio series. The show is written and performed by celebrated stand up comedians Noel Fielding and Julian Barrett and features characters they created for their highly acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe shows The Mighty Boosh, Artic Boosh and Auto Boosh. Each episode centers around zoo keepers Howard Moon and Vince Noir as they skank out of their zooly duties and set off on some fool's erand. Adventures include: befriending polar bears, looking for a man with a really big head, releasing hideous mutants/animal hybrids, transporting a killer prawn to a zoo for bad animals and chasing the jazz train.
If you have seen either of the hit BBC 3 TV versions of The Boosh then you know the kind of thing to expect; but you are in for a real treat! The radio series is looser, more improvised and much funnier then the TV show.
If you need a basis for comparison, it's surreal like Vic Reeves Big Night Out, features outlandish stories like Comic Strips Presents, but still manages to be funny.
If surreal comedy is not your thing you should still give it a try. Fielding and Barret's characters and outlandish situations manage to capture the essence of classic Steptoe and Son. Two opposing men apparently trapped together for eternity, getting up to all sorts. I cannot recommend this highly enough.
"Off the wall comedy duo invent world of their own"
Odd, yet very funny. Featuring three central characters supported by talking gorrila's, psychotic prawns and mutant raven's with a blackbirds body (bit subtle that one). If you like obtuse and ridiculous situation comedy, this one's for you. If stand up is the only form of comedy you enjoy, steer clear of this.
"Bed time stories for the adults."
There is no print version of this Radio program, but like all good stories this is darkly funny, strange and unlike anything else.
I couldn't possibly pick just one from the mad host of characters created by Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt, but Bob Fossil in all his panicked madness is a kind of fresh genious.
I have always been a huge fan of the Mighty Boosh and this series started that off a long time ago, like an adult Jackanory it's been much imitated but never bettered.
I laughed the very first time and every time since, if nothing in the three hour running time makes you grin then I fear there's no hope for you!
Buy it, love it, listen to it again and again. British surreal comedy at it's very best!
Very funny and good value for money. Many of the sketches clearly formed the basis of the TV series.
"A truely original and classic program"
I downloaded this purley out of curiosity, and it has turned out to be one of the funniest things I have ever listened to. Like the very best comedy you can listen to it again and again and enjoy it as much if not more as when it was heard for the first time.
Having watched the TV version, I think that the orginal radio show has the edge - with a smaller cast and less visual distractions I find that I can enjoy the characters and brilliant oddness of the whole thing a lot more.
"The Scenery is better in Your head!"
The Boosh is like ... Sardines - you either love them or you hate them. I'm afraid I'm the former, so if you really don't like them, then this format probably won't convert you.
However, if you're into wordplay, verbal imagery & surreal comedy, then this is still the best place to hear them at their zenith.
Why? Several reasons.
First is that this is the First Boosh release. Hence it is fresh, creative & had not been done before. You may recognise some parts of it from the TV episodes (e.g. Howard Moon having one leg shorter than the other), but this is where they FIRST used this stuff, so it lacks the tongue-in-cheek nature of later repeats.
Second is that this format allows your imagination to go wild! Though the TV show is great, there is something even better when you concentrate on the words.
For instance, the line 'What is this voodoo? Black Milk? The Wet Jigsaw?' would be ignorable on TV, but here your brain generates an image which puts a different spin on it.
Third, and best of all, is Bob Fossil! Bob Fossil didn't do much in TV Series one and was killed off. But here he is fantastic! There's even a song about him, which is inexplicably missed out on TV (despite the fact that it is arguably the Boosh's greatest song).
And, some of his lines are amazing. When I'm stressed at work, I find one of his lines (said at exceedingly high volume) can always crack people up.
Which one? 'I need some drugs!'
Anyhow, my apologies if I seem over-enthusiastic, but I'm genuinely yet to find anything (on Amazon) as compelling & brilliant as the Mighty Boosh. And of all that they've done, this easily ranks as the best.
That said, feel free to take in other reviews for a balanced perspective.
If you still feel drawn to it afterwards then I promise you: you won't regret it.
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