Dixon Bainbridge was the owner of the Zooniverse, as well as being an admired adventurer with an impressive moustache. Bob Fossil was in love with Bainbridge, which often resulted in him being beaten up.
He first appeared in the pilot episode of the TV series, which was later remade as "Tundra". He then appeared in "Mutants", where he stole and mutilated the various animals and keepers of the Zooniverse. He next appeared in "Tundra", inspiring Howard and Vince to travel to the Arctic Tundra and find the Egg of Mantumbi, which Bainbridge later found himself, escaping the Black Frost by using the heat stored in his own moustache. Bainbridge later tried to sell the Zooniverse to build a road over it in "Jungle"; a plan which is later averted by Howard and Vince. Bainbridge appeared in "Charlie", where he took credit for Vince's work as a novelist, causing Charlie, the subject of Vince's novels, to appear and take Bainbridge away. He was last seen delivering a box to the Nabootique.
Bollo is an anthropomorphic ape who has been portrayed as inept yet immensely strong. He and Vince are very close, a stark contrast to his relationship with Howard. His catchphrase is "I've got a bad feeling about this...", said in every show since "The Call of the Yeti".
He first appeared in "Jazz", an episode of a radio series, portrayed by Dave Brown. He next appeared in "Mutants", where he is stolen by Bainbridge to mutilate. He then appeared in "Bollo", where he is gravely ill, escaping death when the Grim Reaper takes Howard instead of him. He briefly appears in "Electro", smashing up a guitar in the style of Jimi Hendrix. By the second series he has become Naboo's familiar spirit, and has appeared in every episode since.
Lester first appeared in the 2007 episode, "Journey to the Centre of the Punk" in which he accompanies Howard on his microscopic journey inside Vince to eliminate the jazz virus he has ingested. He next appears briefly in the 2007 episode "The Power of the Crimp", disowning Howard after his and Vince's poor performance at a gig at the Velvet Onion where they were sabotaged by their new rivals, the Flighty Zeus. His last appearance to date was in the 2007 episode, "Party", where he is a guest at Howard's birthday, where he is mistakenly beheaded, then raped by Tony Harrison. He is briefly mentioned in the third series finale meaning that he is still alive
Dennis is the head of the Board of Shaman, although he sometimes wonders about the team he has assembled. He is married to an extreme sports calendar model. He originally trained Naboo in the ways of the Shaman. He beheaded Lester Corncrake at Howard Moon's birthday party.
Rudi is a High Priest of the Order of the Psychedelic Monks and plays guitar and sings in Rudi & Spider. He and Spider Dijon are Bongo Brothers. Rudi's behaviour and attitude is extremely puritanical; he thinks of alcohol and women as "distractions" (in stark contrast to the animalistic nature of his fellow band member, Spider Dijon), and even went so far as to say that he considered all women "strange and evil". He is also suspected of having a sexual relationship with his guitar, which he calls Miranda, though Rudi has always maintained that this was a misunderstanding on his wife's part ("I was naked, it was dark, I was changing a string, I became entangled.")Whenever he is asked for his name, Rudi's initial response will often be "I go by many names..." followed by a list of radically odd and random names. Some of his names include "Mystery Man", "Domino the Bounty Hunter" and "Cillit Bang"
In the TV series Fossil is portrayed as incompetent; for example he doesn't know how to dial a phone and calls a portable tape recorder his "talk box". He is often very childlike and emotional, and when confronted with something disturbing (such as a mysteriously floating cup, or a cage full of mutants) he will shriek horribly. Though Fossil is chief zoo keeper, he knows nothing about animals. He is unable to identify the animals he supposedly cares for at the zoo, even the relatively easy ones, such as the elephant (which he calls "the grey leg-face man") or Ivan the bear ("the hairy Russian carpet guy"). According to the radio series, Fossil also had a traumatic childhood which involved his mother hiding in a bunker at breakfast while throwing eggs at him. In one series 1 episode he says into his "talk box", "Note to self: I hate whites.", the first instance of an anti-white racism theme that runs throughout the first series. In the series, Fossil has his own theme song for the zoo: "Nicey nicey zoo zoo, for him and her and me and you!" In the radio series, Bob has a brother called Wilbur who reunites him and his mother after their secret was that Bob died in Vietnam.
Though Fossil and the zoo were, without explanation, absent from the second television series, he makes a brief reappearance at the end of The Nightmare of Milky Joe as the presenter of "The Pie Face Showcase" TV music programme. In this appearance he makes a joke about his wife; it is unclear if he actually has a wife or not, although she is also mentioned in the radio series ('I got a tiny wife to support'). He returns in the third episode of series 3, "The Power of the Crimp", as the owner of the Velvet Onion club, where Vince and Howard regularly gig. It is revealed that his mother thinks he is in a Vietnamese Prisoner of War camp and that he has sent a bundle of sticks to his brother, Donny.
In the live show it is revealed that he starred in the title role of a detective show called "Big Leg". The character of Big Leg later appears to defeat The Hitcher.
Fossil does not like cricket, and communicates this through the medium of dance, particularly to 10CC's "Dreadlock Holiday". It is possible this dislike stems from a bad experience, as he tells Naboo "…that's why you should never bring a cricket bat to Greece". Fossil also created the "Pocket Cup" in the episode 'Killeroo' which he was later selling in them at the fight scene for 5 euros.
Mrs Gideon was the Head of Reptiles at the Zooniverse. She was the chief love interest of Howard in Series 1 but as she could not remember his face, his love went unrequited. She was, however, interested in Vince, admiring his paintings, remarking that Vince's portrait of Howard (A featureless face atop a Zooniverse uniform) looked just like him, and going to Vince when her snake was stolen by Bainbridge, much to Howard's disgust and envy. She is fond of trumpets and bookmarks.. The trumpet reference is related to the Biblical legend of the Trumpet of Gideon
Old Gregg is a fictional character portrayed by Noel Fielding. He was created for the "The Legend of Old Gregg", a 2005 episode of the TV series, The Mighty Boosh. He later went on to appear in the 2006 stage show, The Mighty Boosh.
Old Gregg is a hermaphroditic merman who occasionally refers to his vagina, which emits a blinding light, as his "mangina." He inhabits a cave below the lake in a village called Black Lake. Old Gregg is fond of Baileys Irish Cream, as well as being a keen watercolour painter. He owns The Funk, an extraterrestrial covered in 'udder like' teats which lactate liquid Funk. Old Gregg is in love with Howard Moon; singing a song with him entitled "Love Games", chronicling his obsession and Howard's reluctance, and later proposing to Howard. A deleted scene from "The Legend of Old Gregg" documents many rumours about Old Gregg, including his cannibalistic nature, and his age at over 1,200 years old.
Old Gregg is first seen in the 2005 episode, "The Legend of Old Gregg" in which he meets and falls in love with Howard; who is then rescued by Vince. Old Gregg then joins Howard in the 2006 stage show, after tracking him down and having himself delivered in a box, where they sing a rendition of "Love Games" and are later seen kissing. Old Gregg last appeared in deleted scene from the 2007 episode, "Party", disguised as a woman who has taken a liking to Howard. The episode recently became popular on YouTube and Old Gregg has since then become something of an internet meme.
Tony Harrison is a fictional character portrayed by Noel Fielding. He was originally created for a 2005 episode of the second series of The Mighty Boosh, "Nanageddon", and later returned for three episodes of the third series.
Tony Harrison is a disembodied pink head topped with a bulbous shape vaguely resembling a phallus, and eight or so tentacle-like appendages sprouting from his neck, and a coarse, nasal East London brogue. He is a shaman, and member of the Board of Shaman, although the other shamans are quick to point out the limitations of his apparent lack of mobility but claim that his navigational skills are second to none; Tony is barely mobile within the show, but is likely to become outraged at suggestions that this is the case. His drug of choice is poppers, for which he has an immense capacity. Tony is married, and makes frequent reference to Mrs. Harrison who, as yet, has not been seen on the show , and in the 2008 live tour, is announced to have left him. Tony's catchphrase, "This is an outrage!" has been spoken by him every time he has appeared in the show; Tony uses the phrase both when he feels he has been hard done by and when he is sexually aroused. He also often says "shit off," which he directs when he doesn't agree or thinks that something is incorrect. He is an ardent fan of Fleetwood Mac and has a HGV licence.
Tony first appeared, alongside the rest of the Board of Shaman, in the 2005 TV episode "Nanageddon", where he and fellow Shaman Saboo are given the task of finding and exorcising the powerful demon Nanatoo, which ends in Saboo ejecting him from his magic carpet out of annoyance. He next appears in the 2007 TV episode, "Eels", accompanying the other Shaman on Dennis's stag weekend. He then appears briefly in the 2007 TV episode, "The Strange Tale of The Crack Fox" being Naboo’s executioner for the crime of giving a malevolent fox access to shaman juice. His latest appearance was in the 2007 episode "Party" where he and Saboo DJ'd at Howard's birthday party. In the "Mighty Book of Boosh" it is revealed that Tony is the Ents manager for the Shaman Council, and that he orignates from the same planet as Naboo.
The Hitcher is an old cockney man with long grey hair, green skin, a large polo mint over his left eye (which he refers to as his "polo-peeper"), a top hat and black and red clothing. He is evil, threatening to kill Howard and Vince whenever he meets them, and killing the whole cast in the stage show. His real name is Baboo Yagu, but he is almost always referred to as The Hitcher. He is also a proponent of jazz fusion, especially proficient on the bass guitar. The name Baboo Yagu is likely to come from the old Russian legend of Baba Yaga.
The Hitcher has a confused history, he states in The Hitcher that as a child his parents were ashamed of his small thumb (prompting him to seek out the Hornet Shaman). However, in Eels he reveals that Elsie, proprietor of the Pie and Mash Shop, gave him free eels "on account of [him] being an orphan n' that" (Eels).
The Hitcher is sometimes accompanied by two short, rotund henchmen called the Piper Twins. The Piper Twins are dressed similarly to the Hitcher, with similar polo eyes, but wear bowler hats and have long red moustaches, made from strawberry bootlaces.
The Hitcher's first appearance was in Autoboosh, where he encounters Howard and Vince, trapping them in a box and then rapping about doing so. This plot was the template for a 2001 radio episode and a 2004 television episode, both titled "Hitcher".
In the television episode, he is proprietor of the "Zoo for Animal Offenders". He later appears in the 2005 television episode, "Fountain Of Youth", where he plans to utilize the fountain of youth's magical qualities for himself with the motive to rule the universe. He then appeared in the 2006 stage show, The Mighty Boosh, which contained elements of both Autoboosh and the 1999 stage show, Arctic Boosh. His latest appearance was in the 2007 television episode, "Eels", in which he attempts to run a protection racket on The Nabootique. A coconut version of the Hitcher also appears in the final episode of series 2.
The Hitcher's appearance, though being grotesque, alters slightly during the course of the television show. In the first series episode "The Hitcher" he has an abnormally large thumb, as well as nose and chin. He explains this as a result of visiting a Hornet Shaman in the bin of a primary school and asking him to enlarge his thumb. In the second series however his thumbs are both normal sized. In the third series he has both a normal chin and nose, and looks altogether much younger and more spry - a direct result of his showering in the Fountain of Youth in the episode of the same name (Series 2) - although his voice, based loosely on Noel Fielding's grandfather, remains as haggard as ever.
The Hitcher appeared on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross singing a song about eels. Although he dances energetically and enthusiastically, he falls to his knees at the end of the song, complaining of his "old legs." It is worth noting that the polo came off his eye during the song and he casually tossed it aside.
A coconut version of the Hitcher (complete with Polo eye and Cockney patter) appears in Vince and Howard's vision in "The Nightmare of Milky Joe".
Howling Jimmy Jefferson is a fictional character portrayed by Noel Fielding. He appears in 3 separate forms over the course of the series. It is revealed in the series 3 episode, Journey to the Centre of Punk, that he was a famous jazz musician that lived by the swamps of Mississippi. When he was alive he had black and white skin, red eyes and wore a white suit and top hat. When he discovered he was dying of a "strange swamp fever" he decided to make one final record called Voodoo Scat and mixed it with a drop of his own blood.
In the series 1 episode Electro is the first appearance of howling Jimmy Jefferson. His ghost is featured in this episode and referred to as the spirit of Jazz. In this form he looks the same as he did when he was alive but now has a number of super-natural powers and uses them to possess people such as Howard. Howard apparently made a deal with him years ago in which he would make Howard one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. From that moment on whenever Howard played an instrument the spirit of Jazz would possess him and make him do "strange things" such as playing the trumpet so vigorously that his clothes tore off. The story is never fully resolved and so it can be assumed that the spirit of jazz will continue to possess Howard every time he plays an instrument.
Howard later obtains the voodoo scat record that Howling Jimmy made and Vince eats a piece of it which causes one of Howling Jimmy's blood cells (referred to as the jazz cell) to try and take over Vince's body. Howard shrinks himself down and enters Vince's body in an attempt to defeat the jazz cell but ends up bringing it out of Vince's body with him and making it much larger. It is eventually defeated by a safety pin and walks away complaining. In the form of the Jazz cell Howling Jimmy looks like a ball of black dreadlocks with a head and top hat.
Kirk is a fictional character portrayed by Kirk Gaitskell-Kendrick. Kirk is Noel Fielding's nephew. He first appeared in the 2005 episode, "Nanageddon", and later appeared in three 2007 episodes.
Kirk is a child Shaman, and a member of the Board of Shaman. He has admitted to being "an erotic adventurer of the most deranged kind", and a "vehicular menace". Kirk is renowned by the other members of the Board of Shaman for having the greatest capacity for taking drugs. A deleted scene from "Nanageddon" reveals that Saboo trained Kirk in the ways of the Shaman.
In the series three episode Party Howard's romantic troubles reach a new level of wretchedness, when it is revealed that he is actually a virgin. Later in the episode Vince and Howard share a kiss (in order to save Vince's life) leading Howard to announce that he has now discovered his own homosexuality and is in love with Vince. Vince is horrified, but he becomes jealous moments later when Howard begins flirting with a girl.
Howard believes that he has a dark, brooding, poetic side to his personality and has many artistic pretensions, although almost all of his artistic efforts come to nothing. In series two, he flirts with being a nature photographer and longs to get his pictures on the cover of Global Explorer magazine. He briefly came close to becoming a published author, although he ruined his chances by descending into paranoia and angst as a result of his frequent failures to the point where, after being asked, Mrs. Gideon criticized his writing causing him to fly into a blind rage and strike her in the face in front of his potential publisher. He is a gifted musician, thanks to selling his soul to the Spirit of Jazz, although he refuses to play instruments because the Spirit of Jazz "gets inside" him and makes him commit embarrassing acts. This claim is, however, short lived as in series two he is seen playing a variety of instruments on several occasions with no threat of the Spirit of Jazz coming for him and he plays the instruments with no fear of anything happening. In Series two, Howard's lack of funkiness is suggested as one reason he has not garnered the success he so wants. Vince tells him he looks like 'a supply teacher' and that he is 'too white', while Old Gregg tells Howard that he is too rigid and has no rhythm.
Howard considers himself an intellectual, but while he is somewhat smarter than Vince, he is not nearly as intelligent as he thinks he is. Howard is always on the brink of starting a grand project, and believes that he will become famous somehow, someway. Whenever Howard is near to death, he pleads not to die, saying, "I've got so much to give." While Vince is always dressed very flashily and into the current fashion, Howard tends to look unkempt and shabby. In the second series, we learn that Vince cuts Howard's hair while Howard is asleep. Howard doesn't believe in accessories. As he puts it, "There is a simple truth to me."
Howard can be aggressive (he often threatens to "come at" Vince, for instance) but when faced with an actual fight, he tends to fold quickly. He is generally a very angry and frustrated man, and while he berates Vince for having an excessively sunny outlook on life, he also relies on Vince for emotional support. Howard often treats Vince like an inferior, although the laconic Vince is generally more amused than offended by Howard's superior attitude. They tease each other constantly, but there is a deep bond between them and both have demonstrated repeatedly that they'll risk death to rescue each other from various ridiculously dangerous situations and they even share a kiss in one episode (even if only to save Vince's life). When facing death, the two will often reminisce about very silly things - "like that one time they ate soup". This usually leads into a 'crimp': a short, completely random song that quickly strays off-topic and often involves harmony.
Howard's age is uncertain. In "Fountain of Youth", during a flashback to the pair's school days, he exclaims that he is the same age as Vince, despite looking much older. However, if we are to believe his assertion in Party, he is "32 - ten years older than [Vince]". Additionally (also in Party), when bringing up his age to Tony Harrison, Tony exclaims "Wow! You're older than me". In the same episode, he claims to be less than 50. These different factors make it impossible to determine his true age.
He's the jazzy boy.
The Moon talks about himself, the stars and other planets, as well as strange and often borderline incoherent things. For example, he talks about licking the Sun's back without it knowing, or the time he saw a man with a telescope. He has a variety of poems and songs. The Moon always appears to be simple-mindedly cheerful, and he is described by Tony Harrison as "an alabaster retard".
Naboo is a freelance shaman with the ability and knowledge of many spells; he is also a recreational drug user and a drug dealer. He is a member of the Board of Shaman, and like many of them, is a heavy drinker, and a rider of the magic carpet.
Naboo was born in the 16th century, and raised on the fictional planet Xooberon. He was mistakenly sent to Earth by the King of Xooberon to protect the amulet of the planet's Fountain of Youth. He became a drug dealer for Rudi & Spider at one point in the 1970s. He went on to work as a kiosk vendor at the Zooniverse, a zoo in England. While at the Zooniverse, he would often help Howard and Vince out of situations they often found themselves in - for example, when Howard is being pursued by the Spirit of Jazz in the episode 'Electro', Naboo saves him by trapping the spirit in a vacuum cleaner. Naboo left the Zooniverse to become a freelance shaman, moving into a flat in Dalston with Howard, Vince, and Bollo, the latter now being his familiar spirit. In the episode \"Party\" of series 3, it is revealed that Naboo has no genitals, and his groin is \"As smooth as the bonnet of a Porsche.\" By the 2006 stage show, he had opened a second hand shop called the Nabootique (sometimes known as Naboo's Nik-Naks) .. The name Naboo is obviously a reference to the Star Wars series of films and is the home planet of Queen Amidala and Senator Palpatine
Vince Noir is a fictional character, originally created by the English comedian Noel Fielding for the 1998 stage show, The Mighty Boosh. Vince Noir went on to appear in three more stage shows, a radio series, and an influential TV series on BBC Three.
During the course of the stage shows, the radio series and the TV series, it is implied that he was born in the mid-1980s, and spent much of his early life as an orphan, being raised in a forest by Bryan Ferry, and then proceeded to spend the latter part of his childhood in civilisation in England, where he befriended Howard Moon at primary school. He left secondary school in his mid-teens, after being convinced by Howard to work at a local Zoo called the Zooniverse, despite mentioning at various points that he took a gap year, achieved at least two BTEC National Diplomas, and went to college. At the Zooniverse, he befriended Naboo the Enigma, Bollo the Ape, and Bob Fossil. He and Howard also went on several adventures whilst working at the Zooniverse, including visiting the Arctic tundra, Limbo, and going on a road trip. By 2005, he had left the Zooniverse, living at a flat in Dalston with Howard, Naboo and Bollo, to concentrate on his musical career; being in a band with Howard, writing music and playing gigs locally. He and Howard went on more adventures, including visiting the fictitious Planet Xooberon and Black Lake, and getting stranded on a small desert island. By 2007, Vince and Howard were working in the Nabootique, a small second-hand shop owned by Naboo. Although Vince and Howard don't travel much whilst working at the Nabootique, they still tend to have rather extraordinary adventures in England.
Vince's main personality trait is his relaxed outlook on life, living with perpetually laidback ease, socializing easily with those around him. Vince is often the voice of reason when Howard is being pretentious, although Vince has also been known to have a particularly naïve and somewhat childlike outlook on life. It is often implied that Vince is narcissistic, putting great pride in his appearance, especially his hair,, which he describes as "a basic back-comb structure, slightly root-boosted framing a cheeky fringe." Vince usually conforms to specific subcultures which he considers vogue, such as Mod, Goth,, Punk, and New Rave, adapting them to fit his androgynous dandyesque appearance. Vince is commonly mistaken as being female, and one-off characters often refer to him as Howard's wife or "lady friend". He even says to Howard, "I'm the confuser! Is it a man? Is it a woman? I'm not sure if I mind!", or in the Tundra episode Dixon Bainbridge says "Moon and his ugly girlfriend have left the zoo"
Though he seems much more confident and secure than Howard, Vince is desperate to be admired as an individual and a trendsetter. In one episode he invites party guests to "bask in the glory of [his] outfit". When a doppelgänger calling himself Lance Dior arises, Vince's optimism crumbles and he becomes insecure.
It was implied in the third series that Vince had bisexual tendencies. Such tendencies are first noted in the episode "Journey to the Center of the Punk" when his singular brain cell remarks to Howard that he "does swing both ways" but didn't really feel "it" with him. Several such references are made in the episode "Party", especially when he kisses Howard passionately without hesitation to avoid being beheaded by Dennis the head shaman.
Vince is a fan of Electro music (including Gary Numan and The Human League), The Rolling Stones, Punk rock, and Glam rock (including Kiss). Mick Jagger is Vince's hero. He is highly disdainful of jazz, going as far as to claim to be allergic to it. Vince has sung for various bands, including a glam-folk band, an electro band, his and Howard's own band, and a punk band. Vince is also a keen artist having gained a BTEC National Diploma in Art, as well as hair design and a novelist, writing Novellas and publishing them independently. Vince Noir is also extremely proud of his hair. He reveals that he uses Nicky Clarke straighteners in the "Call of the Yeti" episode. Howard is also compassionate about Vince's hair as he refers to it as Vince's mane.
Vince's uncle is also a French Duke.
Saboo is a fictional character portrayed by Richard Ayoade. He was originally created for "Nanageddon", an episode of the second series of The Mighty Boosh and later appeared in three episodes of the third series, "Eels", "The Strange Tale of the Crack Fox" and "Party".
Saboo is a shaman, and a member of the Board of Shaman. He is also a DJ. He is close to Kirk but is unaware of his sexual adventurism, and dislikes Tony Harrison, whom he has attempted to kill. During his first appearance, he frequently referred to 'the crunch,' criticizing other characters for their lack of familiarity with it to the point of being accused of being 'obsessed with the crunch.' "The crunch", in this sense, is a high pressure moment, which is a common usage of the term in UK English. The name Saboo comes from the name of the Indian Actor Sabu.