An Everning With
By James Rampton
NOEL Fielding is about to
embark on his first solo tour for 5 years. The comedian, who thanks
to his work on The Mighty Boosh, Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy and
Never Mind the Buzzcocks, has an enormously loyal following, is
starring in a new show, simply entitled:- “An Evening with
Featuring Noel’s inimitable blend of stand up, animation, music and
appearances by some of his best loved characters, including The
Moon, The Dark Side of the Moon and Fantasy Man, it’s a blinding
show. As Noel himself puts it:- “You’d be a fool to miss out.
Come along, bring your Nan. Fancy dress optional.”
Noel and I are chatting in his north London studio. Surrounded by
props; including life-size cardboard cut outs of a robber with a
stripy jumper and a swag bag and a nun wielding a huge gun; and his
own arresting paintings, he makes for marvellously entertaining
company. It is a delight to spend an hour in the company of this
hilarious and magnetic comedian. As the show comes to a theatre near
you very soon, you’re in for a rare treat at:- “An Evening
with Noel Fielding”, I can tell you.
But don’t just take my word for it. The critics have been queuing up
to praise this comedian who can be summed up by all those adjectives
beginning with C: charismatic, comic, charming, compelling. The
Daily Telegraph calls Noel:- “A comedy wunderkind”,
while The Guardian has described his work as:- “A
neo-psychedelic riot of mirth.” And Phil Jupitus, no less,
labels him:- “A Gothic George Best.”
The 5 years away from the live arena have only whetted Noel’s
appetite for stand up. He can’t wait to get back in front of an
audience. The performer, who has spent the last few years occupied
by the meticulously produced, semi-animated E4 show, Noel Fielding’s
Luxury Comedy, begins by underlining that nothing beats the rush
generated by live work. “The problem with TV is that it takes
years to make, and after a while you can’t remember what it’s like
to tell a joke and get a laugh from it. The great thing about live
comedy is that it cuts out the middle men; all those TV producers
and directors. It takes out everything that gets in the way, so it’s
just you and the audience. It’s a really pure set up.”
Because it’s so deeply original and innovative, Noel’s comedy can
divide people. But he thinks that the infectious nature of his stand
up show can help to win over the agnostics. “Some people might
think they’re allergic to you, but if they come to a live show and
see everyone is laughing, it’s hard to say that it’s not funny. It
was the same with the Boosh. Sceptics were convinced when they came
to our shows. As a stand up, you spend all day being nervous. But as
soon as you step onto the stage and get the first laugh, it’s magic
time. It’s like being in a dream. It’s a real buzz.”
Noel, who for many years has been a highly popular team captain on
BBC2's widely loved and very long-running pop quiz, Never Mind the
Buzzcocks, is also relishing the prospect of touring the country.
“It’s great," he enthuses. "You get to visit all
these nice places you’ve never been to before. When you arrive at a
lot of towns, you just go, ‘Wow!’”
The comedian, who will be joined on stage in:- “An Evening
with Noel Fielding” by the loose stylings of his brother Michael
Fielding (best known as Naboo and Smooth from The Mighty Boosh) and
the physical lunacy of Tom Meeten (who plays Andy Warhol in Noel
Fielding’s Luxury Comedy), proceeds to let us in on the plot for “An
Evening with Noel Fielding.”
"The first half is set in a cabaret club," he reveals.
"Then I get kidnapped from my own show, and in the second half the
rest of the characters have to find me. I'll be playing other
characters during the second half. It becomes like a play. It's a
sort of farce."
The show promises a typically uplifting variety of disparate
elements:- "That's why I've called it 'An Evening with Noel
Fielding', because it's not something I'd usually do," the
comedian explains. "It's more like something Barry Humphries
The evening will also feature music that Noel has composed with
Serge Pizzorno from Kasabian and some characteristically entrancing
stand-up routines. Noel, who for many years performed with his close
friend Julian Barratt in The Mighty Boosh, dubbed:- "The
funniest comedy double act in Britain" by the NME, discloses
some of the themes he will be addressing in this part of the show.
"I touch on turning 40 and my Peter Pan complex. Because I'm now 40,
I try to do a bleak bit, but of course it soon becomes completely
fantastical. I attempt to go gritty, but I can't help going
As an example, Noel says he has been working up the character of
Chicken Man. "He's like a figure from a Jodorowsky Spaghetti
Western. He's half man, half chicken. He has to fight a bandit, and
he's got Tourette's. He's like a cross between A Streetcar Named
Desire and Foghorn Leghorn. He keeps flipping in and out of
Noel's comedy is always richly imaginative, but can he tell if he's
gone too far? "No!" laughs the comedian, who has also
acted in The IT Crowd, Nathan Barley and Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace.
"Locked away in North London for years making Noel Fielding's Luxury
Comedy, we'd think, 'Let's do something based on William Blake's
painting, The Ghost of a Flea.' That could be very self indulgent.
But it could only exist on telly. Doing stand-up, you're edited by
the audience. If you take too mad a line, you'll lose people. But on
the other hand, if something is getting big laughs, it'll never
leave the show."
Noel, who is hopeful that he and Julian will one day find the time
to make a long planned movie, continues that:- "There are
certain things that you just know will work. At one point, I play a
herbal tea bag. I knew that would strike a chord because everyone
has tea. The Chicken Man was more of a gamble, but people really
seem to like him. They’re also really enjoying a section where Tom
plays Antonio Banderas and Michael plays Hawkeye, the living
embodiment of the tennis line judge. It’s great to think up these
ideas and then watch them take flight."
The comedian attempts to sum up the style of the show. "It's
so abstract. It's like you turn the radio dial, and something random
comes on. You're not quite sure what it is, but you warm to it."
So what does the comic hope that audiences will take away from:-
"An Evening with Noel Fielding?" "I hope they have a really good
time." Noel declares:- "I hope they laugh their heads
off. I've always been very concerned not to sell people short. But
the only danger is that the show ends up as long as the film
Gandhi!" Ever philosophical, Noel carries on that:- "I
suppose if it doesn't work, I'll have to do something else. What
would I do? Breed shire horses!"
The only drawback about touring as far as Noel is concerned is
that:- "You're buzzing with adrenaline when you come off
stage. You have to do something with that, and it's very hard not to
go and get drunk. In the old days, we'd give the Rolling Stones a
run for their money with our after show behaviour. But now I'm in my
forties, I have to find new ways to calm myself down. Like Mick
Jagger, I'll have to get fit. After the show, Michael and I used to
go drinking. This time we'll have to go to mazes and local markets
and drink peppermint tea."
Unable to resist one last gag, Noel concludes:- "It's the
Peppermint Tea Tour. I should have called it that!"
Details of the "An Evening with Noel Fielding" tour
can be found
If you missed Friday night's show
and in the North West, you have 3 more chances to see him live...
Plus many other performances can be found online at:-
► Saturday, 8 November 2014, he will
be in Liverpool's Auditorium. For tickets call:- 0844 800 0 400.
► Friday, 21 November 2014, he will
be in Manchester's O2 Apollo. For tickets call:- 0844 477 7 677.
► Thursday, 4 December 2014, he will
be in Crewe's Lyceum. For tickets call:- 01270 368 242. * NEW DATE
All shows start at 8.00pm, with the exception of those marked *
which start at 7.30pm. All tickets are £25 (venue admin fees may
Halloween Parade - Photo Coverage
Report by Callum Pritchard
and photo by Patrick
Town Centre, on 31 October 2014, has done its’ part in capturing the
Halloween spirit on Halloween night, after organising a special
Southport Halloween Parade through the town. Starting off at
Southport Pleasurelands, the parade wowed viewers, who had
congregated all along the streets to watch the parade pass through
the Town, with a variety of acts and vehicles, including a number of
ghostly motorcyclists and even a specially designed hearse, all led
by the bus that led parade, carrying a number of families who got to
be a part of the event. 1 particular sight that caught the crowd’s
attention was a unicycling fire eater, whose cheerful smile and
cheeky manner proved to be a big hit, judging by the numbers who
cheered him as he rode by. He even, as he weaved his way through the
crowds, drew a few screams from the enthralled crowd.
head-and-shoulders above the rest was a stilt cad performer. Having
gravelled all the way from Portsmouth, and clad out in her Halloween
gear, this performer towered above almost everything else in the
parade, were it not for the truck of costumed performers who were on
hand to show off their fantastic Halloween set and costumes, whilst
waving to the crowd and the children who had come to see the costume
clad clan. However, it wasn’t just the parade members who were
showing off their costumes. The streets of Southport were adorned
with children and families, all decked out in their own spooky
costumes, who had come to join in the scary fun and watch the
parade weaved its’ way throughout the town, spooking their way
through all the main Southport locations including; Neville Street,
the Promenade, Lord Street, taking about an hour to circle back to
its’ original spot by the Pleasurelands.
the parade was a big success, perfectly capturing the mix of
spookiness and fun about Halloween night, with the cheers of the
public echoing around the town confirming the good reception it
received, and the work that was put into it was well worth it to
give the people, and visitors, of Southport a Happy Halloween!
These are some of the photographs
our Editor Patrick
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