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"The Mighty Boosh" The Nightmare of Milky Joe (2005)

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The Mighty Boosh: Season 2: Episode 6 -- While marooned on a desert island, Howard sees an opportunity to nurture his poetry whilst Vince takes to making bamboo fashion lines. However, with no-one to talk to but each other and nothing to eat but rancid coconuts, they soon find themselves in the midst of a coco-nightmare.


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Julian Barratt (written by) &
Noel Fielding (written by)
Original Air Date:
30 August 2005 (Season 2, Episode 6)
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. | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Paul King 
Writing credits
Julian Barratt (written by) &
Noel Fielding (written by)

Produced by
Julian Barratt .... associate producer
Steve Coogan .... executive producer
Sally Cooper .... line producer
Noel Fielding .... associate producer
Alison MacPhail .... executive producer
Spencer Millman .... producer
Henry Normal .... executive producer
Original Music by
Julian Barratt 
Cinematography by
John Sorapure (director of photography)
Production Design by
James Dillon 
Costume Design by
June Nevin 
Makeup Department
Sangeet Prabhaker .... creature effects
Sangeet Prabhaker .... special makeup effects artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Hedges .... first assistant director
Cecilia Testa .... second assistant director
Art Department
Kevin Day .... stand-by prop
Sound Department
Julian Bale .... boom operator
Nigel Edwards .... dubbing mixer
Visual Effects by
Adam Leary .... digital effects artist
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Simon Penman .... costume assistant
Kate Williams .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Perry Gibbs .... colorist

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Art Department
Emma Godwin .... trainee art department assistant
Special Effects by
Wilma Dunn .... special effects coordinator
Scott McIntyre .... special effects
Charlie Olsen .... special effects technician
Transportation Department
Rob MacKnight .... transportation coordinator

Additional Details

28 min (DVD version)

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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 against the pillow, and I go at you.
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The call me the midnight barber!, 13 February 2008
Author: Jamie Ward from United Kingdom

Out of all the episodes of Boosh, this is probably the one I've seen the most times, and it still remains one of my favourites. Full of great surreal imagery that deals with psychosis in a hilarious manner; 'The Nightmare of Milky Joe' is certainly one of the most memorable episodes to grace the series.

Perhaps the strongest element used here is the high focus on dialogue between Vince and Howard, which paves way for the episode's funniest scenes. Then again, I've always been of the opinion that this is what separates Boosh from other shows; not the imagery or the characters or anything else, just the unique style that Noel and Julian employ when writing their dialogue. The chemistry is just fantastic, overshadowing anything else that they do, and this episode is a clear example.

I also loved the character of 'Milky Joe' and the entire concept of the two guys slowly going insane… well, Howard mostly. It allows the characters to become higher versions of themselves, more poignant and hard-hitting than ever before, which is a complete joy to watch. Barratt specifically is hilarious as the exasperated and morbid Howard Moon, who is more disconnected with reality than ever. I'd also like to point out my nomination for one of the best delivered lines in Boosh history when Howard admits to Vince that Milky Joe 'is a complete ARSE!' It's a rather mundane line in itself, but within the context of the story and characterisation I found Barratt's delivery hilarious.

What lets the episode down however is a lack of appealing tunes, and a rather uneven pace as a result of the very dry (pun intended) plot. Nevertheless, 'The Nightmare of Milky Joe' is still a classic episode, full of great laughs and a very memorable set of scenes between Noir and Moon.

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