…”That’ll be the nicotine!”
If you’re into crayons, papier-mâché and hallucinogens then grab yourself a beanbag, some pieces of rainbow to snack on, and prepare to be transported into a surreal, sequin-covered heaven.
In his latest venture, Noel has gone beyond the manic musings of The Mighty Boosh; thrown away all sense of a narrative, and presented us with what is best described as Disneyland on LSD. Part sketch-show, part sit-com: Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy catapults the viewer into an absurd and disturbing world where a chocolate finger war veteran widower drives a tank made of cheese, and a depressed lion: Dondylion, tries to feed hula-hoops to a photo of David Lee Roth. The very concept of this show is beyond the understanding of even the most ardent Fielding fan, but that is the beauty of it; even viewers who despise surrealist comedy will be dragged kicking and screaming into a whirlwind of hysterical laughter and aneurysm-inducing confusion. However hard you try to deny it, Luxury Comedy is hilarious…bizarre, but hilarious.
The first episode of the show: Pelé, features everything Noel’s fans have come to expect from his comedy: cheeky one-liners; weird characters and even weirder story-lines, yet somehow, it is still very different to anything you will have seen before. Produced by Kasabian’s Sergio Pizzorno, the show’s music, particularly the theme tune, is annoyingly catchy; perfectly captures the slightly creepy, impish nature of the show and surprisingly, gives it a more sophisticated feel than The Mighty Boosh managed to achieve. It is clear that Fielding and co-creator, Nigel Coan have gone to painstaking efforts to refine each aspect of Luxury Comedy: which features some incredible costumes and even more impressive animations. In spite of this however, the first episode of the programme wasn’t as enjoyable as I had hoped. The main downfall is the structure: the combination of a sit-com and sketch show meant that the vague plot is intruded on by seemingly irrelevent animations, which can be somewhat annoying. A prime example of this would be the cooking sketch featuring Renny and Gaviskon: a kind of Mr Blobby meets Big Cook Little Cook; it makes no sense, and isn’t particularly funny.
In spite of it’s minor faults, Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy makes for great viewing, and although some may feel that Fielding has taken a step too far out of the realms of reality, I think that like The Mighty Boosh, it will win people over. The second episode can be viewed this Thursday on E4 at 10pm. It is definitely worth watching, and will have you questioning life’s great questions: is it a ball? Or is it a saucer?