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"People are so boring these days," says Noel Fielding as he hoists himself into his Eno bell-bottoms, slips on an orange wig and struts with a guitar. Fielding, surrealist comic, painter and dandy, is recreating the glam rock 1970s. Just watching his bonkers sitcom The Mighty Boosh, or seeing him coyly flirting with Russell Brand on The Big Fat Quiz Of The Year, you know this must be his era. Fielding is rarely seen without a splash of makeup, big heels and even bigger hair.
Actually, he says, it's his parents' era. They were in their late teens when he was born, adored Bowie and Bolan, wore tight tank tops and flares, and showed him the way sartorially. They were more like an older brother and sister when he was young. »
- Simon Hattenstone
The Jonathan Creek actor on why comedians have become the new fall guys - and why he's returning to standup
Stop blaming the comedians and start blaming the people that make the TV programmes. That seems to be Alan Davies's stance on the recent controversy over the men behaving boorishly on The Big Fat Quiz of The Year. Jack Whitehall and James Corden were accused of making tasteless jokes about the Queen and Susan Boyle, but Davies jumps to their defence, getting into a froth as thick as the one on the coffee he is drinking in a north London cafe.
"That thing with James Corden, it was just vulgarity which the editor should have cut. In the middle of all that banter it was just an exchange, it's not for [newspapers] to be the arbiter of taste." Comedians, he suggests, are society's current fall guys and he wonders why »
- Bruce Dessau
2 items from 2013
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