NOEL FIELDING came into our comedy consciousness as his eccentric zoo-keeper alter ego, Vince Noir, from The Mighty Boosh.
In the years since that hit series he’s become an institution as a team captain on BBC2’s Never Mind The Buzzcocks, and this year has been back on our screens with Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy – and judging by the viewing figures, British audiences loves Noel’s bizarre sense of humour.
“It was just like that with the Boosh,” says Fielding. “It was such a weird show, Julian [Barratt, his writing partner and co-star] and I thought it was pretty mental how big it had got, considering that we didn’t compromise on anything. We didn’t leave anything out, and we were doing a show about a Crack Fox and a transsexual merman with a ‘mangina’. It was pretty amazing!”
A decade after The Mighty Boosh first aired on BBC Three, Fielding has established himself as a central figure in the UK comedy scene, having already done gigs at Wembley Arena and the O2, and now he’s touring UK theatres presenting An Evening With Noel Fielding.
“Last time we were on a massive tour, we went out in Marilyn Manson’s tour bus!” he says incredulously. “It became like we were in Pink Floyd or something…”
He’s now solo as, once the Boosh reached its peak of fan mania, Julian Barratt wanted to take a step back out of the limelight.
“It got to the stage where everyone wants a picture of you, and I don’t think Julian was comfortable with that whole ‘celebrity’ thing,” explains Fielding.
He, on the other hand, threw himself into the London party scene; often spotted out and about in Camden with showbiz pals, like Amy Winehouse and Razorlight.
“I’m not very good if I don’t work,” he explains. “I’m a bit of a workaholic and I start going out partying, doing stupid things – I get bored very easily so I have to keep stimulating my mind.”
Now that his TV show has picked up steam, Fielding has focused his creative efforts into making An Evening with Noel Fielding into a spectacular tour.
“There’s live animation, which takes ages to work out how to do, live music, brand new stand up, which I’m excited about,” he says. “It’s a really complicated and expensive show – I always want to put on a show that costs as much to put on as it takes in tickets!”
Fielding is excited to get out to some slightly smaller venues, saying: “It’s more intimate, which is actually better for comedy. When you are performing at the O2, it’s so massive that the laughter takes 30 seconds to get back to you, which is weird.”
An Evening With Noel Fielding comes to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking, on Sunday, November 29. Search for tickets online at www.atgtickets.com.