The Mighty Boosh (2003–2007)
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The Nightmare of Milky Joe 

Abandoned on a tropical island, feuding Vince and Howard invent a series of improbable coconut-based friends, lovers, and confidants in a vain effort to maintain their sanity, which rapidly culminates in a Hitchcock-esque dramatic ending.


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Episode cast overview:
Julian Barratt ... Howard Moon / Milky Joe
Noel Fielding ... Vince Noir / The Moon / Judge Coconut / The Hitcher Coconut
Michael Fielding ... Naboo
Dave Brown ... Bollo
Rich Fulcher ... Sailor / Bob Fossil


Abandoned on a tropical island, feuding Vince and Howard invent a series of improbable coconut-based friends, lovers, and confidants in a vain effort to maintain their sanity, which rapidly culminates in a Hitchcock-esque dramatic ending.

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30 August 2005 (UK) See more »

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Howard Moon: Well, who cuts people's hair in the middle of the night?
Vince Noir: I do! They call me the Midnight Barber.
Howard Moon: Yeah, well that's an infringement of people's liberties. So don't ever be doing that to me.
Vince Noir: I DO do it to you.
Howard Moon: ...what?
Vince Noir: Who d'you think cuts your hair, Einstein?
Howard Moon: My hair just doesn't grow very fast
Vince Noir: What, you think it stays that length naturally? I'm in there in the night, styling away.
Howard Moon: How dare you do that to me in the night, when I'm oblivious.
Vince Noir: I do my best work when you're oblivious. I lean you up...
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Featured in The Mighty Boosh: The Making of Series 2 (2006) See more »


Written by Julian Barratt
Performed by Julian Barratt
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Season 2: Consistently creative even if it is rarely hilarious and the light touch of season 1 is often lost in the bigger delivery
18 April 2008 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Howard Moon and Vince Noir have moved on from the Zoo-niverse and are now trying to make a break of it in the music industry as a two-piece band experimenting with jazz, funk and electronic pop amongst other styles. They now live in a flat with shaman Naboo and his familiar – Bollo the gorilla. While they try to maintain their focus on their art, they often find themselves stumbling into one unfortunate adventure after another – whether it be searching the desert of a faraway planet, summoning bingo-playing demons or marrying creatures from deep in the sea.

Having very much enjoyed the simple creativity of season 1, I pushed on into season 2 looking for more of the same. In some regards I am glad that they did mix it up a bit but in others I found myself a bit disappointed. The budget has clearly been increased per episode and more effort is put into characters and effects. This does help in some scenes but too often I got the feeling that the simple creativity wit and imagination of the first season had been reigned in a bit by the ability to actually do more on the screen and not just on the page. In the first season I had found the musical bits to be funny but generally not as good as the rest of it and this feeling had spread in the second series. Old Greg and Milky Joe are good examples of a good mix of creative characters, funny lines and a touch of music but conversely The Priest & The Beast tended to be an example of an episode being clever and creative without actually being all that much fun. Fortunately most of the episodes are enjoyable and creative and the bigger delivery adds more than it takes away.

The dialogue and imaginative delivery continues to be good but the characters are not as good as season 1. OK some of them are great fun (Old Greg being quite brilliant and the moon being weirdly out of nowhere) but the small turns that worked so well before don't come off as well when more is asked of them. Barratt and Fielding continue to be strong in the lead roles, with the former happily playing more of a straightman while the latter plays his character as one enjoying the stories as well as being part of them. The loss of character Bob Fossil (apart from one scene) is one that I did feel and I didn't think that Fulcher had as much material to work with this time around – unfortunately Berry plays no part, which is a shame and part of moving away from the zoo I guess. Ayoade gives a great turn and totally steals the Nanageddon episode with his scenes with Fielding. Michael Fielding's Naboo is good fun and works better now that he has Bollo to work off.

Overall then, a bigger budget does have an impact and it is not always a positive one but of the six episodes there is only really one that I felt was quite weak, the majority get the mix mostly right. The material will not have you rolling with laughter but it is consistently creative and smart, cumulating to the wonderful Milky Joe that blends reality and imagination in a way that is a good example of what I like about the Boosh.

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