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Summary

The Mighty Boosh is unlike any show you are ever likely to hear, and one that defies description; the closest you could get to the unique style of Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding would be in the early days of Reeves and Mortimer, with their cardboard props and men with sticks.

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.

(P)2004 BBC Audiobooks

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  • Crista
  • Surbiton, Surrey, United Kingdom
  • 09-09-06

MIGHTY!

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.

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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.

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  • Tim
  • High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
  • 05-03-11

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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  • James
  • mitcham, surrey, United Kingdom
  • 19-02-06

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.

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Beautiful nonsense from my favourite duo

Would you consider the audio edition of The Mighty Boosh to be better than the print version?

Just finished listening to the radio series and my enjoyment of it is tinged with sadness that that's it and there is no more. If you loved the Mighty Boosh TV series, this won't disappoint you either.
Noel Fielding admitted that in his opinion, the radio show was the best one by far, because so much of it is left to the listener's imagination. The TV series is such a visual feast, but the radio series does firmly stand on its own and is hugely enjoyable.

What did you like best about this story?

The adventures are timeless and will definitely stand the test of time. Vince and Howard's friendship is very believable, even though they are complete opposites of each other. I think most viewers/listeners will find them relatable and identify more with one or the other. Despite the banter, there's this quality of ease that can only exist between two people who know each other very well and have become like extensions of each other's selves.

Have you listened to any of Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I love the TV series of the Mighty Boosh, and I have listened to "An Evening With Noel Fielding", some "Luxury Comedy", as well as seen "Mindhorn" with Julian Barrat (absolutely hilarious). I would say that the TV series of the Mighty Boosh is still my favourite, but that could simply have to do with the order in which I discovered it all. Personally, I feel that anything they are in will leave you feeling like you just bathed in warm sunshine after a bleak winter. Noel Fielding is a darling and will elevate and inspire you.

Any additional comments?

If you're loved the Boosh in any way, shape or form, just go for it!

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my fav ever

been listening for years, best and most quotable radio show. if only there were more episodes

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buy the f**king audiobook its amazing!<br />

buy the f**king audiobook its amazing! trust me
in my statement of judgement i enjoy this audiobook and so does thw rest of my family.

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classic boosh

loved it. classic mighty boosh comedy. I can picture the zooniverse like I'm watching the tv series. listening to it over and over again

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  • Bev
  • Hampshire england
  • 08-11-15

Crazy!

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.

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Mad cap hilarity!

I loved this, it is hard to put it in a box, I guess spike milligan ate a bag of mushrooms and swallowed the urban dictionary. With Bob Fossil to boot!

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  • Chuck
  • 22-12-05

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Steve Anderson
  • 03-01-07

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!

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  • Reader Girl
  • 07-05-13

Love these two!

What made the experience of listening to The Mighty Boosh the most enjoyable?

Just as fun and entertaining as the TV show!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bob Fossil cracks me up every time!

What does Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

These two have great chemistry together and work off each other so well.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud at more then a few points.

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  • Cyrus
  • 11-11-12

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.

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  • JessicaZ
  • 27-08-16

Cutest shown ever!

Thank you Noel & Julian for your wild and wonderful imagination! Cannot love the show more!! Love from China.

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  • Kelly
  • 08-03-14

TV Series was better but this is a hoot!

If you could sum up The Mighty Boosh in three words, what would they be?

Zany bizarre hilarity

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mighty Boosh?

Vince asking if the black spots on bananas are tarantula eggs

What does Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Their hilarious vocal characteristics

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Easily

Any additional comments?

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!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-03-18

The boosh radio is exactly what I expected

If you love the show theb you will love the radio show! Its a MUST BUY!

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  • Anthony Estremera
  • 03-03-18

boosh boosh stronger than a moose!

If you are familiar with the show, this is just a more structured story. the comedy is the same as well. Great job all around

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  • Nikon
  • 28-09-17

classic

it's a classic really enjoy listening to this at work the boosh will live forever

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  • Paul
  • 23-10-09

Heads up

MB is exactly as funny as the preview sample.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful