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the work of two flimsy tarts in a trance
on 29 March 2005
Aaaah, the Mighty Boosh. As other reviewers have noted, its rather hard to describe exactly what the Mighty Boosh is all about. I first become accqainted with what it is that they do via their second series on Radio 4 a few years back - I can't recall a thing about it, except that it was hysterically funny. I then heard them making a guest appearance improvising terrifying nonsense on The Breezeblock one night on radio 1, including a song that has entirely corrupted my brain - I now wander around mumbling,'everybody look at the moon, nobody look at Jupiter' to myself on a daily basis. But the first Boosh Radio show is, like the recent TV series, rather hit and miss. Barrat and Fielding's own approach to comedy seems to involve coming up with the most warped and illogical plot they possibly can (break into Zoo manager Bob Fossil's secret mountain hideaway and rescue some bacon-obsessed mutants, anyone?)and inventing and endless stream of dadaist non-sequiters for Vince and Howard to fire at each other as they debate what unhinged ploy toembark upon next. The series certainly has its moments - Howard's demented deadpan boasting about being a Jazz Maverick, the drum n' bass cobra and Howard accusing Vince of 'living in a Chinese pipe' - but their use of language, while fascinatingly strange, usually seems to go round in circles, with animals - usually horses or those pesky ocelots - endlessly being used as an easy source of odd comedy. I would still recommend it to fans of Chris Morris, the Goons, Monty Python, Bill Bailey and anyone who has ever laughed at the idea of a pony's hooves being relaxing.