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Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy - Series 1 [DVD]
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2012
As you may notice the other reviews for this come from two militant camps , the 5 stars and the 1 stars.

Most of the 5 stars will say "this is not the boosh!', this is true. The Mighty Boosh was an outstanding programme at it'speak (radio series and series 1). This was because Noel and Julian had been touring their show for several years, allowing an immersive world to grow around them organically, and more impostantly,finding out what worked and what didn't. Series 2 suffered 'difficult second album syndrome' but what still highly watchable but by series 3 found suffered from diminishing returns as they played out old gags and made explict all the nice little asides that made the boosh world so engaging (i.e the cimping episode).

Luxury comedy comes on the tail end of these and finds Fielding trying to break free from this by exploring his more surreal edge. Unfortunately, as has been mentioned by the 1 stars, this often comes at the expense of any humour. To be fair to the programme though I'm not sure it is meant to,or even needs to be particularly funny. Its strenght lies in it's plethora of engaging and dreamlike little sequences and animations that those with an artistic bent will enjoy and it has a nice late night stoner feel.

The problem alot of it gives of the air of throwing and seeing what sticks. Nothing feels fully developed and there are some sketches (?) which are annoyingly tedious. I think the crux of the problem lies in quality control. This is very much Noel's show, and I get the feeling that due to his celebrity it was probably yes men'd the whole way through, which is a shame because I think he could have made something a lot more worthwhile. Basically he needs his straight man (Barrett).

Overall I would lean towards recommending it but don't get your hopesup.

Ok rant over !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2014
Be warned: if you put on Luxury Comedy expecting The Boosh--or any other comedy, for that matter, you're going to come away sorely disappointed. But if you approach it with an open mind and allow yourself to take the ride, prepare to have your mind blown!

Even Luxury's most foresworn haters have to agree that there's nothing compromising, phony, or commercial about Fielding's solo project: it's a work of art in the literal sense of the word. It does some serious envelope-pushing on the surrealism: obviously, it's not everybody's cup of tea. Some of the more outlandish bits include an evil clown who lives in the sky and produces mash-potato guns from a gear-box in his stomach, a cheese-faced man who sings (in jibberish) about his unrequited love with a piece of toast, and more still that defy a simple summary. But even beyond just the "wtf" reaction, the show holds it's own with stunning child-like visuals, and yes, plenty of quirky fieldingisms. (One of my favorite bits is "Fantasy Man," about a man suffering a psychological break-down and hallucinates being a medieval fantasy hero--at society's expense.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2014
The sheer bloody genius of this show is to be applauded. To everyone saying that Fielding is no good without Barratt? No. They're both amazing as solo acts as well as a double. This show has such imagination - at times it's freaky and you don't know what's to come next. But isn't that the point? To be unsure. If you knew what was coming, surely you wouldn't be interested by the events on screen! Five star show!! Xx
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2015
AS SOMEONE WAY PAST THE IN BOOSH CROWD...I JUST PICKED UP A COPY IN A DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO FIND CONNECTION TO THE NEW CENTURY.....I WAS SPELLBOUND AND HAVE GOT THROUGH THE WHOLE TEAM BOOSH YEARS AFTER THE EVENT...I LOVE THE EXTRAS,AND ....WELL YOU AINT GONNA GET MUCH BALANCE IN MY REVIEW !!!!!..LUXURY COMEDY IS ANOTHER I NEVER SAW ON THE BOX AND DESPITE READING NEGATIVE REVIEWS AND THAT NOT MANY WATCHED THE SERIES AND THE OLD OH ITS SELF INDULGENT....AND ITS TIME ALL THAT ORIGINAL LAUGHING ALONG BETTER NOT SAY I DON'T LIKE OR UNDERSTAND IT ANYWAY (THAT WAS ME IN THE 80S WITH THE YOUNG ONES...NOW THAT WAS RUBBISH SELF SERVING PLOP ALONG WITH ALL THEM ALTERNATIVE PHONEYS. I GO ALONG THAT J.BARRETT WAS A GREAT PARTNER AND NOEL FIELDING CAN BE A WAYWARD NUMBER 10...BUT DESPITE AS I READ.. DOUBTS HIMSELF...I LOVE THAT HE GOES WITH HIS OWN THOUGHT PATTERNS AND WHAT IS THIS THING IF YOUR NOT ROLLING AROUND ON THE FLOOR ITS PAP...AS ANOTHER REVIEW SAYS ITS A GROWN -UP KIDS SHOW....I DON'T WANT TO UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING!! YES IT MIGHT BE A PRIVATE JOKE...SO MUCH IS GONG ON..SO MUCH TO LOOK AT I JUST LOVE TO WATCH...WHICH SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING YOUR GRAN MIGHT SAY BUT SHE'S RIGHT...NOEL AND TEAM PLEASE DON'T SAY SORRY OTHERWISE YOU ARE ON DANGEROUS GROUND...OF LOSING YOUR SOUL TO PLEASE WHO ????? THE PEOPLE WHO LIKE THIS STUFF AND WHAT CAME BEFORE AND WHAT COMES IN THE FUTURE DO NOT WANT TO BE TOLD WHEN TO LAUGH WHAT TO SAY IS COOL OR TV CRITIC FEELS HE GOT YOU ON A LEAD...BUT YOU AND YOUR CROWD DO WHAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED.....YOUR CREATION....PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS BANG OH ITS NOT AS GOOD AS!!...NOEL DON'T LOSE YOUR BOTTLE....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2014
Absolutely adored this series. In a world of beige TV and celebrity reality bullsh*t flooding towards us from every direction this series was a true breath of fresh air. The more you watch it, more you "get it". The jokes start pop out and tickle you more and more (at first you can lose some of the jokes/ dialogue whilst you are absorbing the incredible visuals/ bizarre characters and scenarios). Invest a bit of time with this series and the rewards are endless. I've watch some episodes over 10 times and am still discovering new layers and jokes every single time. We need more tv like this, encouraging original unique beautiful and surreal comedy. Can't wait for Season 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2014
I love this insane surreal comedy madness. You even get a fabulous fold up poster in the DVD. Some people say....ooh, it's just not funny enough........I say that's because you are a square and you are looking for conventional predictable normal person comedy. This series is worth buying simply for the sketch about William Blake and the "Ghost of the Flea". Yes, it does help if you know a little bit about art history. Both my wife and myself love it! And another thing, it does help if you fancy Noel Fielding as both myself and my wife do. As Spoon Snake would say, "Am I nothing................"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2014
Pure genius from the King of quirky comedy an absolute feast for the eyes and ears, love this shoe and I love Noel, such a talent!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2013
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.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2012
Where has this conception that the Mighty Boosh was a polished and rounded piece of classic comedy come from? Like Luxury Comedy, the Boosh is a cult hit due to it's DIY amateurism, charisma and creative ingenuity.

Luxury Comedy also has its moments of being embarrassing and awkward and there are several points at which it feels Noel might improve it by dropping some of his comedic tics, but it is this direct unpolished-ness that is its essence. It is an onslaught of prolific creativity- a joyous engagement with craft and irreverence, fun, silliness and peculiar interludes. It represents, to me, all the things which are positive in the arts - freedom, complete immersion, identity, richness in content and heavy on the nonsense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2014
"that's enough, stop trying to sexualise icecream in song form" - almost fell off my chair!!!!! don't know why people have such a problem with this not being funny. humour is SUBJECTIVE and comes in a gazillion different forms. I, for one, love the surrealism. Keep doing what u doing Mr Fielding!
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