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‘They’ve basically made that call, haven’t they, to make it a place for tourists.
It’s perfect for tourists, and anyone who isn’t a tourist finds it a bit… At the peak of The Mighty Boosh heyday, it wasn’t uncommon to spot Noel strutting down Camden High Street in a jazzy jacket and his signature metallic pixie boots, holding the hand of one of his many celebrity girl ‘friends’ – although he’d have to move fast to avoid being swarmed by eager admirers.
‘After that it gets weirder, because you go to all these amazing places and the party organisers separate you into a place that’s not as amazing, like a tiny room, and you think “Oh great, it’s just me and six other people who you’ve deemed cool enough to get into this place, but none of us know each other, and we are all cramped into a space smaller than my front room. The allure of the showbiz lifestyle began to wear off for the comedian, artist and musician (did you know that Noel is officially in a band with Serge Pizzorno of Kasabian, called Loose Tapestries? Noel quietly chuckles at the escapades of his former partying self. It’s definitely a peppermint tea and an early night for me now,’ he says, explaining that now he focuses his energies on his television show, , which achieved ratings success with its second series, and his UK tour, which runs until mid-December.
It’s an elaborate production, featuring live animation in the form of ‘Plasticine World’, music, stand-up, performances from Noel’s brother Mike and ‘My promoter wants to kill me,’ says Noel, ‘because he’s saying to me “you could have just done a stand up show and taken loads of money; it would have been one guy and the cost of a people carrier”, but I am taking three people and we are animating it and I’ve worked with two directors…’ Noel Fielding: never one to do things by halves.
He was sacked on his o Nel day for lying on the floor eating the merchandise.
Superstar surrealist Noel Fielding reflects on the peak of North London’s showbiz party scene and The Mighty Boosh’s success – and why these days he’s just as happy on tour as he is settling down with a cup of tea ‘This has been a whole weird trip for me.