My cousin Andrew told me about a funny video called The Legend of Old Gregg. After a bit of sifting on youtube, I found plenty of references to the show, some clipped-out highlights, and many people misspelled the name as “Old Greg”. With some patience, I was able to piece together and watch the whole episode. It was so funny, I tracked down the entire British sitcom called “The Mighty Boosh.”
The show follows the exploits of two English blokes: Howard Moon (played by Julian Barrett) and and Vince Noir (played by Noel Fielding). Their everyday lives as zookeepers, storeowners, and musicians is interrupted every episode by the most strange and funny situations and the most bizarre characters imaginable:
- Old Gregg the scaly, man-fish
- The Spirit of Jazz
- Betamax (yes, the non-VHS tape format)
- The Crack Fox
- Black Frost, a creature who freezes people solid with smoke that comes out of his… um, you’ll have to watch the show…
- The Hitcher, a strange green man with a giant thumb wearing a doughnut over one eye.
- A giant wad of bubble gum
- A horrible demon in the form of a nice old Nana
In the tradition of Monty Python (and inexpensive movie production) you will see Julian Barrett and Noel Fielding appear in multiple roles in each episode.
After watching all three seasons I can tell you that The Mighty Boosh is awesome. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time. If there were more fun shows like this on TV instead of all the bullshit crime/courtroom/medical drama, I’d be tempted to actually start watching TV again.
To get your feet wet, head over to The Mighty Boosh YouTube channel and poke around. It won’t take long before the Power of the Crimp compels you.
All three seasons of The Mighty Boosh have been released on DVD, and it’s on Netflix too, so check it out, and make sure to catch The Legend of Old Gregg from Season Two. It’s even funnier if you follow Howard Moon and Vince Noir through their adventures from the beginning. Then when you get to the third season and watch “The Power of the Crimp” you’ll totally get it.
Noel Fielding and Julian Barrett developed a synchronized-a-cappella-scat-song format they call a Crimp. It was just this little thing they would do during their shows, but it eventually got popular enough that they gave it a name in the season three episode, The Power of the Crimp.
The Future Sailors Tour
As I write this, The Mighty Boosh are touring the united states, but earlier sections of the tour have been recorded and you can catch them on this DVD called Thank Boosh It’s Friday.
The Documentary of the Future Sailors Tour
And if that’s not enough, someone is doing a movie of the Mighty Boosh on Tour called Journey of the Childmen:
Filmed during the mammoth Future Sailors tour, this intimate film observes the genius and chaos of the Mighty Boosh as they navigate a nation hooked on its cult.
Mighty Boosh Links