I love Noel Fielding. To me he is the ultimate of all comedians, so I was over the moon when I heard his first tour in five years was bringing him to Bristol.
And the Mighty Boosh star lived up to all my expectations and more when he unleashed his jokes on crowds at Colston Hall on Saturday night.
He jumped onto stage wearing a silver sparkling cape, after being introduced as ‘flat nose’ by his soft talking moon character (also played by Noel).
This set the tone for his entire set: silly jokes which concentrate on the ridiculous, unlike the mass of modern comedians who spend their entire show being grumpy about life.
Noel works hard to do anything but moan, instead he spreads his surreal, fantastical, often completely bonkers imagination into the minds of his audience, allowing them for a few hours at least to enjoy the world through his enchanted eyes.
The Luxury Comedy star did ease crowds in gently into his made up world. He began with a bit of stand up , interrupting some of his jokes with a song about being milk stuck in a glass.
His self awareness of how bizarre and ridiculous some of his jokes were only added to the evening, with lots of side remarks, ‘I know and I’m 41 and still acting like this’.
He also had songs about being a chicken man, backed but a small dance routine. There was lots of dancing and singing on stage throughout the show which worked as a good break for some of his longer jokes up.
After the interval Noel, dressed as Sgt Raymond Boombox (the overweight police officer from his new Luxury Comedy), dived off stage to interrogate the audience.
He mainly spoke to people who had arrived in fancy dress – the audience was full of fans hankering to air their Mighty Boosh costumes and join in with the fun, with outfits ranging from the Spirit of Jazz to Noel’s Crack Fox.
But this is what Noel demands of audience, to travel with him through time and space to an alternative universe, for them to let go of their rigid views of the world and to simply sit back and revel in his ‘easy charm’.
And there were a few guest appearances including his brother Micheal Fielding who played Naboo in the Boosh, which were nice to see on stage.
Overall it was a fantastic evening, Noel’s infectious vision of the world leaves his audience feeling uplifted and eager for more.