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28 October 2014

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Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding

Come with us on a journey through time and space...

The Mighty Boosh is unlike any show you are ever likely to see, and one that defies description.  But here goes.

First brought to life by Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding in the upstairs room of a North London pub back in the late 1990s, Howard Moon and Vince Noir are best, if not sometimes brutally mismatched and unwilling, friends.

Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt

They made their Edinburgh Festival debut in 1998 in The Mighty Boosh, with further live outings in Arctic Boosh (1999) and Auto Boosh (2000).

In 2001 Julian and Noel were commissioned by the BBC to write and star in The Boosh, a six-part comedy series for BBC Radio 4 based upon the adventures of Vince and Howard. The series went on to win The Douglas Adams Award for innovative comedy writing.

Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding

In 2004, Baby Cow Productions produced the first television series of The Mighty Boosh, which aired on BBC THREE in May of that year, moving to BBC TWO that November.

Comic fantasy, magical realism, surreal humour, whatever: vain jazzman Howard and '60s throwback Vince are fellow zoo-keepers who continually battled against the owner of the dilapidated Zoo-niverse, Dixon Bainbridge, and his manager Bob Fossil. If they are very lucky they are sometimes helped on their adventures by zoo kiosk worker and all-knowing enigmatic mystic, Naboo, and Bollo, the talking ape.

On their journeys they encounter a range of weird and unusual characters including the Parka people, some mod wolves, the ape of death who has a severe hair complex and a terrifying boxing kangaroo.

Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding

In series two, having broken out of the Zoo-Niverse and now living in a flat in Dalston, Howard and Vince are free to explore the globe in search of fame and fortune. 

Series two aired on BBC THREE in July 2005, and was followed by the duo's first nationwide live tour of the UK.

Series three finds the boys still in Dalston. But this time they're working in Naboo's second hand shop, which gives Howard the chance to try and sell his esoteric jazz records, and Vince the opportunity to try on some new wigs.

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