But unlike Reeves and Mortimer, the Boosh zookeepers turned postmen Howard Moon (Julian) and Vince Noir (Noel), never leave their own world. The Mighty Boosh inhabits a universe entirely of its own.
Bonus:This audio programme also contains an interview with the creators Noel and Julian plus outtakes from the show.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Brilliant but totally crazy. The first time I heard the boosh I nearly turned it straight off again but once u get into it it's very addictive. Big fan, love it.
What Doesn't Kill You, Only Makes You Stronger.
I was sceptical to begin with, being their earliest work on The Boosh and delivered only through audio, I was worried it wouldn't be as good. I was wrong, the quality in banter, bizarreness and catchy songs make it equally as entertaining as the TV series. Lots of reviews state the story closely relates to the series, however to me it felt like the majority of it was unique and fresh, but maybe that's the audio giving a different spin on the experience. I only now wish they'd done more.
Because Noel Fielding is a genius
Love Howard's bad luck
I haven't heard any others but will look for the radio series
"Bloody Briliant !!!!"
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.
"Fun, Funny, Original"
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!
"Love these two!"
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.
"HAHAHAHAHA I'm dying."
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.
"Cutest shown ever!"
Thank you Noel & Julian for your wild and wonderful imagination! Cannot love the show more!! Love from China.
"TV Series was better but this is a hoot!"
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!
I tried so hard to enjoy this. But I realized I shouldn't be trying hard to enjoy it. It's not funny. It's annoying.
MB is exactly as funny as the preview sample.
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