The Mighty Boosh, colloquially referred to as The Boosh, is the collective name for the creators of the British television situation comedy written by and starring comedians Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding. It first aired on BBC Three in 2004, and thus far a total of 20 episodes have been made. Developed from three stage shows and a radio series, it has since spawned a live tour of the UK. A recent festival has been held and forthcoming album of their music and another live tour are also planned.
The Boosh soon produced three stage shows - The Mighty Boosh (1998), Arctic Boosh (1999) and Autoboosh (2000) - all of which were taken to the Edinburgh Fringe. With the success of Autoboosh, a radio series was commissioned by the BBC. Produced by Danny Wallace, The Boosh was first broadcast in 2001 on BBC London Live, later transferring to BBC Radio 4, from which the team were given a half-hour television pilot of the same name.
The first eight-part series, directed by Paul King, was then commissioned for BBC Three and broadcast in 2004, with a second of six episodes the following year. The second series moved away from the zoo setting, and instead sees Howard, Vince, Naboo the shaman and Bollo the talking ape living in a flat in Dalston. In 2006, the Boosh returned to theatre with The Mighty Boosh Live, which featured a new story entitled "The Ruby of Kukundu".
After two years away from television, the Boosh returned to the small screen in November 2007. Set in Naboo’s second-hand shop below the flat, the third series drew in approximately one million viewers with its first episode, and in light of its success, BBC Three broadcast an entire night of The Mighty Boosh on March 22, 2008, which included a new documentary and six of Barratt and Fielding's favourite episodes from all three series.
In April 2008 it was announced that the Boosh are planning to "get dressed up for a day in the country", organising their own one-off festival day, with "a load of friends and comedians and bands" at The Hop Farm in Kent on July 5. Reports suggest that U2 will headline the event. Later, in August, they are to have an "entire Mighty Boosh-curated evening" at The Big Chill music festival. Other upcoming projects include a second tour of the UK from September 2008 through January 2009, an album of Boosh music currently being recorded,, a feature-length film version of the series and a book to be published entitled "The Mighty Book Of Boosh".
On Channel 4 TV programme "Transmission", rock star Alice Cooper mentioned a possible collaboration between Cooper and The Boosh.
In 1998, they took The Mighty Boosh to the Edinburgh Festival, recruiting fellow comedian Rich Fulcher, whom the pair had met while working on Unnatural Acts. The show won the Perrier Award for Best Newcomer. During their residency at the Hen and Chickens Theatre in North London the following year, they built up a cult following, introducing new characters whilst developing old ones.
In 1999, the Boosh returned to the Edinburgh Festival with a new show, Arctic Boosh, with Dave Brown acting as choreographer and photographer, as well as playing a variety of characters. Arctic Boosh sold out every night and was nominated for the Perrier Award.
The Boosh are undertaking a second tour of the UK and Ireland from September 2008 until January 2009. The show features characters from all three series as well as the Boosh Band.
A second series was then shown in July 2005, which saw Howard and Vince now sharing a flat in Dalston with previously minor characters Naboo and his familiar, Bollo. This series had an even looser setting as the four characters leave the confines of the flat in every episode, using their van to travel to further surreal environments. Series three started in November 2007, still set in Dalston, but this time has the foursome working in their shop called the Nabootique. Their adventures and outings in the third series were more toned down than the previous two series', and they focused more on the involvement of new characters (e.g. Sammy the Crab, or Lester Corncrake etc) than just the two of them 'journeying through time and space'. A fourth series has been rumoured since the broadcast of the third, though no official confirmation has been released regarding this speculation.
|Title||Release date||Contents||Bonus material|
|The Mighty Boosh||8 November 2004||All 6 episodes of the Boosh's radio series across 3 discs||Interview with producer Danny Wallace, outtakes|
|The Mighty Boosh Live||13 November 2006||Audio recording of their live show at Brixton Academy||N/A|
According to an official MySpace page for PieFace Records (the fictitious music label mentioned throughout the series), Barratt and Fielding are to release an album of music from the show, "along with extras, versions, remixes and rare unreleased stuff all to be released later in the year on their own label - this one.".
|Title||Release date||Contents||Special features|
|The Mighty Boosh||29 August 2005||All 8 episodes of the first television series across 2 discs||Inside the Zooniverse, history of the Boosh, Boosh music, out-takes, picture gallery, commentary on "Bollo", "Tundra", "Electro" and "Hitcher".|
|The Mighty Boosh 2||13 February 2006||All 6 episodes of the second series, plus a second disc of special features||Boosh pilot, Boosh publicity, making of Series Two, commentary on all six episodes, photo gallery, out-takes, deleted scenes, Sweet|
|The Mighty Boosh: Series One & Two||13 February 2006||Box set of first and second series DVDs, plus exclusive booklet||Identical to individual releases|
|The Mighty Boosh Live||13 November 2006||Recording of their live show at Brixton Academy||Backstage & tour documentary, the Ralfe Band, a deleted scene, The Culture Show piece|
|The Mighty Boosh 3||11 February 2008||All 6 episodes of the third series across 2 discs||Making Boosh 3, Boosh publicity, deleted scenes, Mint Royale promo, Boosh music, out-takes, Boosh 3 trailer, audio commentaries|
|The Mighty Boosh: Series One, Two & Three||17 November 2008||Box set of first three series DVDs||Identical to individual releases|
|1999||Edinburgh Festival Fringe||Perrier Comedy Award||Arctic Boosh|
|2000||Melbourne International Comedy Festival||Barry Humphries Award||Arctic Boosh|
|2001||Douglas Adams Award||Innovative Writing||The Boosh|
|2004||British Comedy Awards||Best New TV Comedy||Series 1|
|2004||Loaded LAFTAS||Funniest TV Programme||Series 1|
|2005||RTS Craft & Design Awards||Costume Design - Entertainment and Non Drama Productions|| June Nevin|
|2005||BAFTA Television Awards||Best New Director (Fiction)|| Paul King|
|2006||British Comedy Awards||Best Stage Show||The Mighty Boosh Live|
|2006||Loaded LAFTAS||Funniest TV Programme||Series 2|
|2006||Loaded LAFTAS||Funniest Double Act|| Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding|
|2006||Loaded LAFTAS||Funniest DVD||Series 2|
|2007||Chortle Awards||Best Full-Length Solo Show||The Mighty Boosh Live|
|2007||Loaded LAFTAS||Funniest TV Programme||Series 3|
|2007||Loaded LAFTAS||Funniest Double Act|| Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding|
|2007||NME Awards||Best TV Show||Series 3|
|2008||NME Awards||Best TV Show||Series 3|
|2008||RTS Programme Awards||Situation Comedy and Comedy Drama||Series 3|