Last word: Bollo (aka Dave Brown)

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  • 4 September 2008
Dave Brown (aka Bollo)

Better known to most as Naboo's gorilla sidekick Bollo in The Mighty Boosh, Dave Brown has also just finished putting together the brand new Mighty Book of Boosh. Here, he reminisces about great times spent with Neil Young in a urinal

First record you bought.
Herbie Hancock's 'Rockit', 12" vinyl. Bright cyan cover with magenta type. The colours made my eyes go funny!

Last time you were chatted up
This morning.

First film you saw that really moved you
I stayed in one night and watched Jacob's Ladder and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest back-to-back on my own. I was a mess after, weeping salty tears into my toffee popcorn - all sweet, sour and soggy!

Last lie you told
The answer before last. I can't remember ever being chatted up, maybe coz I'm stupid and never realise when it's happening.

First song you'll sing at karaoke
'Ain't No Pleasing You' by Chas 'n' Dave followed by 'Would I Lie To You' by Charles and Eddie. Me and Noel [Fielding] are singing it at a mate's birthday next week. I love doing the high pitched 'oh yeah' bits.

First movie you ever went on a date to
The Blair Witch Project. She hates scary movies but it worked coz we're still together.

Last time you cried
When Naboo gave me a dead leg last week. He may be small and chilled but cross his path and those tiny shamanic fists hurt like hell on a jet ski.

First crush
Pootle Flump. Some say Pootle was a boy; I'm still not sure. It was the voice that did it.

Last time you were star struck
Back stage at the Hop Farm Festival, standing at the urinal in the portaloo. Neil Young came in and stood next to me. I was dying to sing 'old man, look at my knob, it's a lot like yours was' but I bottled it!

First great piece of advice you were given
Try not to fall in love with fictitious puppets on the TV; it will always end in tears.

Last time you exploited your position to get something
Standing at the urinal next to Neil Young having a wee.

First concert you ever attended
Ice T at the Pink Toothbrush in Rayleigh, Essex. I was well into hip hop, still at school and wearing shell toes with a VW sign. I was amazed that a US rapper was coming to our tiny suburban town. With my brother's fake ID and my red Kangol hat pulled down low I managed to sneak in.

First time you realised you were famous
When the daughter of one of my all time heroes asked me to sign her belly. I wrote BOLL and used her belly button for the O.

First three words your friends would use to describe you
'Who? Oh, him.'

Last time you bought someone flowers
Late 70s, for Pootle. I never heard back. Bitch.

First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
Standing next to Neil Young having a wee.

Last thing you think of before you go to sleep
Sitting next to David Crosby doing a shit.

The Mighty Book of Boosh is published on Thu 18 Sep by Canongate. Book launch and signing session at Zavvi, 235, Buchanan Street Glasgow on Sat 13 Sep at 1.00pm. They appear at Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Thu 11 & Fri 12 Sep; Pavilion, Glasgow, Sat 13 & Sun 14 Sep.

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