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This review is from: The Mighty Boosh: Live - Future Sailors Tour [DVD] (DVD)
In parts, rather amusing. Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt are consummate performers, and their good-will and child-like playfulness is evident both in their act and in their interactions with their audience. There is a genuine - and in these days, rare - warmth in the banter between Fielding, Barratt and their fans that is perhaps nowhere more evident than in their live shows.
For the viewer at home, this show provides much of the Boosh spirit that pervaded the television and radio series. In what must surely be a nod to Morecambe and Wise (for those who remember or have since watched that classic comedy duo), the highlight of the show is Howard Moon's attempt to engage in some serious and 'powerful' acting, reminiscent of Ernie Wise's plays 'what I wrote'. Typically, this attempt is sabotaged - or enlivened - by Vince's interventions.
Aside from this, the show is little more than an excuse to wheel on the usual suspects, some of whom (for example, Tony Harrison) are in danger of becoming a little stale. The Crack Fox remains a wonderfully disturbing creation, but perhaps some new characters are needed to prevent the Boosh from becoming a merely ritualistic offering of crowd-pleasing catchphrases. This may keep the established fanbase fairly satisfied, but it would do little to gain them new interest.
Naboo and Bollo are at the sidelines of the performance, which may disappoint fans of those characters, but in a show as sprawling as the Boosh it's inevitable that some aspects are highlighted and not others. Naboo was at the centre of the 2006 stage show, and so the Future Sailors Tour focuses on Howard and Vince as they struggle forward to some uncertain destiny.
Let's hope that the future is one in which the Boosh will continue to evolve.