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“ Comedy gold is rarely safe. Example: Monty Python’s insanity and experimentation = comedy gold; Compo’s slapstick approach to falling off a countryside wall in Last Of The Summer Wine = comedy copper (if considered comedy at all). Now, let us turn our attention to new Channel Four Friday nighter, The IT Crowd, and its […]

Comedy gold is rarely safe. Example: Monty Python’s insanity and experimentation = comedy gold; Compo’s slapstick approach to falling off a countryside wall in Last Of The Summer Wine = comedy copper (if considered comedy at all).

Now, let us turn our attention to new Channel Four Friday nighter, The IT Crowd, and its somewhat inevitable one-liners, and then back again to BBC Two’s cultish The Mighty Boosh, rammed with the surreal, magical and totally unpredictable. Here’s a clue, the former is the comedy copper in this situation.

What makes ‘The Boosh’ so unique in its appeal is co-writers/co-stars Noel Fielding’s and Julian Barrat’s reluctance to ever compromise their own sense of humour by watering down what tickles their funny bones for any kind of success. It’s the same stubbornness that Reeves And Mortimer have always possessed, refusing to play for easy laughs even if they are the only people giggling at their own gags. You could say that The Boosh boys are the chuckle equivalent to Radiohead: they create for themselves, if anyone else ‘gets it’ great, but it’s not essential.

Recently Series Two of The Mighty Boosh was aired on Monday nights at 11:20pm on BBC Two. Those who managed to catch the show in this misguided slot were treated to the sharp witted tales of two ex-zoo keepers, Howard Moon (Barrat) and Vince Noir (Fielding) and their lives living with a shaman called Naboo and a talking gorilla who goes by the name of Bollo. Each half hour slice of the surreal included a hefty dose of black magic with plenty of curses and legends to boot, all propelled along by the endearing relationship between mature jazz loving Moon and naive indie punk sweetheart Noir (references to Miles Davis versus Keith Richards are all over the shop).

Sound weird doesn’t it? Well that’s because it is! But the show’s weakness is by and larger its ultimate strength. Not everyone will laugh at a hitchhiking mobster with a polo mint for an eye but that’s what makes it ours. We don’t want another Little Britain on our hands do we? Keep this one close to your chest.

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