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I have to admit, when I watched the first episode of Luxury Comedy
(Pele), I was stunned at how bad the show seemed. It was painful to
watch. I can sure understand how some of the more negative impressions
here have come to be. I almost logged in and left similarly negative
feedback. It took me few episodes to become a fan of The Might Boosh,
but, after the 1st episode, I could not imagine ever becoming a fan of
Luxury Comedy, or even watching it again for that matter.
However, I persevered. A week later, I watched the 2nd episode (The Jelly Fox). Hmm, that was less painful. The lion in the cage was bizarre but the end of the sketch was almost funny - almost a chuckle there. OK, hmm, lets try another episode. A week later, and I watched the 3rd episode (King Tutta), found it better again. Now, all of a sudden, the show didn't seem anywhere near as bad as it first seemed, and it certainly was starting to "grow on me".
I have just finished watching the first three episodes again, and I can say that I'm starting to like Luxury Comedy - quite a lot in fact. Some parts are quite funny. It's actually becoming a pleasure to watch. I'm looking forward to the next episode.
What I recommend to others is to hold off making up your mind about this, or commenting here, until you have given the show a good chance. Keep an open mind. Leave a week between episodes to give yourself time to digest what you have seen - because you will certainly be seeing some crazy and bizarre stuff - and see how you go. At this early stage (only 3 episodes x 2 viewings), I'll assume that the show's appeal will keep on increasing. As such, I'm giving Luxury Comedy a review score of 9 / 10.
This is either total rubbish or a work of genius.This reviewer reckons it's the latter.On first viewing I thought "What? Can I have some of what he's been smoking please?" but as the series progressed I started to warm to it.I watched it again on Catch Up (Virgin cable...) and it started to click into place. It actually frightens me that I'm starting to "get it",as a shrink would probably have Noel sectioned after a rummage inside THAT brain. Some of the sketches are hit'n'miss,but most of Python was utter mince and it's supposedly a classic of comedy. The characters are seriously strange as you'd expect (it IS Noel after all) but some,such as Dondylion,are deeper than you'd think. There's no middle ground,you'll either love it or loath it,but at least give it a chance. Now,when's the DVD coming out?
Luxury Comedy is definitely the work of Noel Fielding. It's overflowing
with much of the same surrealism we've seen in The Mighty Boosh, as
well as his stand-up. We've heard him talk about himself in absurd
terms. We've seen his wistful creations. Every time we've seen his
works, we've seen flashes of a bubbling caldera of surreal, outlandish
creativity, but always somewhat suppressed, somewhat mired in the
interests of making his humour palatable. Luxury Comedy is what happens
when the caldera explodes. This is Noel unchained. The show is a sea of
glam, paint, and insane creations. This is not just Noel talking about
how is unique mind works, this is him showing you, and it's... it's
It's very weird. It's definitely the weirdest show I've ever watched. It subverts, deliberately, just about every convention it can get its finger paint-stained hands on. These conventions, of course, are comforting and are usually there for a reason, and when all of them are stripped so unceremoniously from the show, it can feel genuinely uncomfortable. The humour billed in the show's title is inexpressibly bizarre, typically staying well clear of punchlines, or anything else to make you laugh out loud. Instead, there's generally a haze of amusement that pervades the show. Some sketches in the show, such as the incomparable Jelly Fox sketch, hold our attention for their sheer hypnotic brilliance, even if they're not particularly humorous.
Naturally, it doesn't always work, on the level of art or entertainment, but it never feels forced. It is hypnotic, addictive, and surprisingly more-ish once you give it a generous chance. If you have an above-average tolerance for surrealism, I recommend you give it a go.
Essentially a children's show for creative adults, Noel Fielding's
Luxury Comedy is 15% guffaw, 70% wtf and 153% fascinating and unfolds
like an engrossing dream.
If Snuff Box and Monty Python's Flying Circus had a baby and paid Richard Ayoade to drop it off daily at Noel Fielding's house where it were regularly pacified with a goat's milk/LSD concoction, in it's 2nd year it would look like Luxury Comedy.
That said, no - it is not hilarious. But the imagery, characterization, story telling and situational comedy are thoroughly entertaining. I'm never bored with this.
Examples of bits that made me laugh outright: Fantasy Man appears in a park after sewing up a crack in the internet that appeared between Youtube and Youporn, Fielding's wrist watch ring tone, Secret Peter - "They're puttin' a tube line in/ does he know I've got brain damage?" Fantasy Man catches a beatdown in an alley after trapping the Dream Tiger.
The Audience (character) is an incredible character - looks as though it were pulled out of Yellow Submarine, processes mashed potatoes and laughs at pretty much everything while being moderated by Doo Rag. My metaphor detector goes crazy when this skit comes on.
Fantasy Man's segments and the French mime segment were surreal and beautiful for it.
This show is/was outstanding.
The first two episodes of this show are almost like an adjustment
period from real life to the world of Noel. The third episode is
probably one of my favorite episodes of any TV show ever. Things from
that point on are pretty consistently great. Some of the sketches are
"misses" not "hits" but I feel like as the series goes on and you get
familiar with the characters, even ones that you didn't like originally
will grow on you.
I hated the original fish finger for later sketch but when it came back with the second installment of that I lost it laughing, so funny! I'm very glad this show is coming back for a second season because I think it's going to build on the foundation from season 1.
By the way, the Tiger with Chlamydiae sketch is one of the funniest and wackiest premises I think I've ever seen. I love that episode.
This is not The Mighty Boosh. Analogously quoting Andy Warhol in
episode 2: "I'm not The Mighty Boosh, I'm Noel Fielding's Luxury
Comedy". Don't expect punchline humour here. Prepare for an experience
instead. This one is not about punchlines and neither about funny
skits, instead it's about psychic as well as physical hardship (i.e.
pain) as well as pain in general. plus it's surrealist comedy dealing
with everyday (media) stereotypes and other phenomena (where the hell
does Daddy Push come from?). The cultural references in their abundance
(blatant clues all over the place) aren't always easy to catch for
someone continental, but they're just the icing on a psychedelic fruit
cake. Everything is so garish, so absurd and at the same time so
painful and intimate (yes, intimate!). Imagine Ren and Stimpy combined
with Flying Circuses's awkwardest moments. I can do without further
comparison here. Watch and behold, suffer and rejoice, and don't be
ashamed of any of your reactions. Especially when watching the
Dondylion sketches you may as well cry a little bit. It's appropriate.
Appreciate what you got. It's the work of one crafty Noel Fielding, the
Offshore European Surrealist. Why just 8/10? Well, Dolly Wells might be
the gorgeousest version of herself ever (I mean it, ever. Cigar!) in
this cock-and-bull (watch the pinnacle of kinkiness in the "alien
sketch" in episode 4) and Mike Fielding is as always the relieable bone
dry sidekick, but some of the sketches are quite naff, like fillers
that don't really tie the show together.
tl;dr It's new, it's unique, but it tends to wear off.
PS: E1 has one of the worst Michael Caine impersonations ever.
While this show certainly isn't for everyone, if you love Noel & his
artwork/writing/acting/stand up; then it's pure genius. And he is well
supported by Mike, Tom & Dolly, who were previously in Boosh, as are
most of the cameos. However the two shows aren't to be compared.
Luxury is a sketch show, allowing Noel's imagination to run free and to share his unique brain with us. If you own a copy of his Art Book - "Scribblings of a Madcap Shambleton", then you can see some of his creations brought to life, most notably The Jelly Fox. (Episode 2.) There's a lot of love & hard work gone into this and I have been laughing throughout. Luxurious indeed.
To be honest, i'm not sure you can compare this show to The Boosh...to me they are so different in every way. The Mighty boosh has more of a storyline, with crazy characters injected where they need to be injected, Whereas Luxury Comedy is a show about crazy characters with no specific storyline. Like the man himself has described it, it is like a children's show for adults. Of course this style of show isn't for everyone, and if i tried to show this to any of my friends, they would probably throw me into a mental asylum. I believe this programme is for the select few who can deal with the extreme ridiculousness of Noel's imagination. To some it's a strange place where the freaks of the world hang out, but to others (the awesome ones) IT'S A STRANGE PLACE WHERE THE FREAKS OF THE WORLD HAND OUT!!! :') "Got to go now, it's the end of the show"
Having long been known as a somewhat peculiar character, even among all
the other peculiar characters on British telly, Fielding and his
entourage of writers and producers spared no cost in treating us to yet
another permutation of his off-the-wall and sometimes outright bizarre
sense of humour.
That is, if you can call it humour. "Luxury Comedy" never delivers what it promises. It may be luxurious in terms of visuals, and perhaps even the concomitant production values (although looks may be deceiving, in this age of fool-the-eye cgi effects). But the show drops the ball where it really matters, and fails dismally in terms of actual funny-ness. It's almost as if all the creative potential that was expended on bringing this programme to life went into the (admittedly lavish) artwork, and nobody thought to hire writers to come up with things that the odd person who isn't a die-hard Noel Fielding fan might honour with even so much as a chuckle.
If you've seen Noel Fielding as a guest on any comedy panel show, you know that he is actually a pretty funny guy, capable of ingeniously hilarious one-liners and ludicrously bizarre takes on just about any subject. It's a shame that almost none of this comedic potential has surfaced on "Luxury Comedy", and it makes the experience of watching it even more disappointing. Apparently Channel 4 have already commissioned a second season - here's hoping that it will finally live up to its own name.
Noel Fielding; "Glam" superstar. Heartthrob to many a pre-pubescent girl. Complete idiot. This show is nothing more than an idiots dreams after overdosing on LSD and Magic Mushrooms. His obsession with mashed potato is disturbing, along with his obsession of being "Bummed", as he puts it. How anyone can find this funny is beyond me, and if you do find it to be "Comedy", you really need to discover the true meaning of the word. I would not even force my greatest enemy to watch this steaming pile of horse manure. I have a plea to everyone with a decent sense of humour; Do not allow yourself to waste your own time by watching this shoddy "Program"
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