I have a confession. I was never into the mighty boosh. Not sure why, it just seemed to pass me by. It came along too late for my stoner-student days, though I'm sure I'd have appreciated it more back when I had long hair and red eyes.
I got into this series by accident: it was on when I got home late one night (stupid shifts) and there was nothing else on. I can't say I loved it immediately either, I thought it was a bit weird just for the sake of being weird and didn't see the point of most of it. It lacked structure. I like my comedy shows to have structure.
I did, however, love 'Fantasy Man' immediately, and it was this character that prompted me to record the rest of the series. This character, in sequin chain-mail and with a plastic cup for a beard, would go on quests in an alternative reality with graphics harking back to ZX Spectrum days. He was the way in to the series for me, something I could point to as a reason to continue watching,
I grew quite fond of Noel and his bizzare friends. Andy Warhol was a surreal and quite sinister home-help, while Smooth (the butler type character) was friendlier even if his exact origin couldn't be determined. Half human, half elephant? And was I the only one to find Dolly hot? I thought she was hot. In a strange, post-ironic post-feminist kind of way. This show makes you think you can use terms like 'post-ironic' and 'post-feminist' in conversation.
Slowly, it grew on me. I found myself quoting bits of the show, and chuckling about sketches weeks later. And as confirmation of its 'grower' status, I still find myself thinking of lines from the show and laughing. The Brian Ferry kite didn't strike me as particularly funny at the time, but it really is! It's genius!
It's a bit hit and miss, but the benefits of such wild and surreal experimentation outweigh the odd awkward Doo-Rag. Overall I enjoyed it very much, and I'm looking forward to the release of the box set.