A new photo exhibition and a scheduled appearance at a comedy festival are causing excitement among fans of the Mighty Boosh, a surreal comedy troupe from Great Britain. The Guardian reported on Sunday about a photo exhibition starting in October that will feature behind-the-scenes photos from both the television series "The Mighty Boosh" and the hundreds of live shows performed over the years. The photos have all been taken by Dave Brown, a member of The Mighty Boosh team, most well-known for his portrayal of Bollo the gorilla.
To the uninitiated, The Mighty Boosh is a surreal comedy group, created by Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt. Hailing from the U.K, the two started working together in the mid-1990's after Fielding saw Barratt perform his stand up and knew that he had found a kindred comic spirit. The two started writing and performing routines together and eventually combined forces with Fielding's brother Mike, and college friend Dave Brown, to form the Mighty Boosh. American comedian Rich Fulcher eventually joined the Boosh ranks as well, developing the character of Bob Fossil. The Mighty Boosh got their start doing rounds in the London stand-up circuit and appearing in various comedy festivals, eventually producing a radio adaptation of their show for BBC Radio. Interest grew in the comedy team and soon BBC 3 offered a television deal.
The Mighty Boosh radio program and subsequent television series followed the adventures of best friends Vince Noir and Howard Moon. The series ran for three seasons and along the way, Vince and Howard met a variety of crazy characters. "The Mighty Boosh" was a huge success in the UK and created a cult following in the United States. Fans of the show could not resist the charms of Vince and Howard and became obsessed with characters like the Hitcher, Old Gregg, the Crack Fox, Tony Harrison, Bollo, and Bob Fossil.
Despite the global success of the series, Fielding and Barratt have not worked together since 2009. The pair have been quick to clarify that the comedy group never broke up, but merely took a break from working together. Both have been working steadily; Barratt, a devoted family man, has made appearances in various British television programs and plays, while Fielding has gone on to produce another surreal comedy show, "Luxury Comedy," which recently wrapped production on a second season and sees appearances by Boosh alums Dave Brown, Rich Fulcher, and Fielding's own brother, Mike Fielding.
The Mighty Boosh are set to appear at Festival Supreme on the Santa Monica Pier in October, a massive comedy festival organized by Jack Black. The whole Mighty Boosh crew is reuniting for what feels like a definite comeback gig and fans are more than a little excited by the prospect of seeing the Mighty Boosh back in surreal comedy action.
For those who aren't able to make it to the festival, Dave Brown's photo exhibition will be on display at the Proud Gallery in London from October 24 to December 1.