Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy
- Brian Donaldson
- 2 February 2012
The Boosh performer's latest TV effort abounds in surrealism but lacks coherence... and jokes
Ahead of his new gaudily-coloured clutter-fest, Noel Fielding admitted that making this solo series left him feeling a bit unhinged. After ingesting just a few minutes of Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy (E4, Thu, 10pm) only the most avid Boosh fan will feel anything other than an overwhelming sense of restlessness at this hotchpotch of ‘characters’, ‘set-ups’ and ‘jokes’.
As with the Boosh radio, TV and stage shows, a single idea just about holds everything together amid the pseudo-surrealist swirl and in the opening episode, the hidden depths within Fielding’s felt-tip sketch of Pele is about as much ‘plot’ as he’s willing to offload upon the watcher. Among the creations he flings at us are an ant-eater butler, ‘Andy Warhol’ as a jungle-hut cleaner, a zoo-bound lion on the edge, a yellow-skinned Brooklyn cop with a talking arm … you know the kind of thing by now.
As with the relentless anti-commercialism of Tom Waits’ music philosophy (his ticket prices are another matter of course), there is something to be said for Fielding’s refusal to kowtow to anything other than his own fevered imagination. The bods at E4 have allowed him to indulge his offbeam visuals and nonsensical content but whether there is anything luxurious or comedic about it all remains something of a mystery.