Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

You Can't Do a 'Greatest Hits' with Comedy; Noel Fielding Takes a Break from Touring to Host a Night of Live at the Apollo. the Comedian, 42, Talks to SUSAN GRIFFIN about His Thoughts on Stand-Up, Gigging in America and Whether There Will Be Any More of the Mighty Boosh

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

You Can't Do a 'Greatest Hits' with Comedy; Noel Fielding Takes a Break from Touring to Host a Night of Live at the Apollo. the Comedian, 42, Talks to SUSAN GRIFFIN about His Thoughts on Stand-Up, Gigging in America and Whether There Will Be Any More of the Mighty Boosh

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Byline: SUSAN GRIFFIN

PICK OF THE WEEK LIVE AT THE APOLLO (BBC2, Monday, 10pm) So what's the truth about The Mighty Boosh? Are you planning on bringing it back? ME AND Julian (Barratt), we love each other, we're like comedy brothers and we always talk about doing something with The Mighty Boosh.

I'm not going to say it's definitely going to happen because people will stop me in the street and say, 'Where's the film?' But I'm hoping we'll do something again. I can't see why we wouldn't. We had such a good thing going.

It's just getting the timing right, but as you get older, it gets harder because you're always busy and we have family.

You're hosting Live At The Apollo and currently touring. Do you enjoy doing stand-up still? I DO like doing stand-up and then after about 40 minutes, I get bored.

It's not the audience's fault, I could do an hour and a half, but I just go, 'Oh I'm bored with this now, I want someone else to come on and break it up a bit'.

So then it gets a bit sketchy and then some animations happen and then I'll dress up as a fat New York cop and interrogate the audience and bully them. It's my favourite bit (in stand-up show, An Evening With Noel Fielding).

And also making someone hero of the night is nice. It's usually some dude called Steve and we make him king for the night.

You've got such a loyal following, haven't you? THE people that come now like what you do.

There are a lot of freaks at this show. It's kind of satisfying when you see a 50-year-old man dressed up as (the character) Fantasy Man, there's something quite beautiful about that.

A lot of work goes into your characters' costumes, doesn't it? I LIKE doing the costumes. I won a Royal TV Society award for costume design for Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy and now I could give up and just do costumes for other TV shows. It's what my dream has been all along!

Do you see any similarities between comedy and music? I THINK it's hard with comedy.

My friend Serge from Kasabian spends all year writing an album and I spend all year writing a TV show and then he goes on tour and I have to write a whole new show. …

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