Noel Fielding performing at The Mighty Boosh Live
21 May 1973 |
Westminster, London, England
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film, radio, art|
|Genres||Surreal humour, Sitcom|
|Influences||Monty Python, The Goons, Peter Cook, Fry and Laurie, Reeves and Mortimer, Kenny Everett, Paul Merton, Salvador Dalí|
|Notable works and roles||Vince Noir
in The Mighty Boosh
in The IT Crowd
in Never Mind the Buzzcocks
In Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy
Noel Fielding (born 21 May 1973) is an English surrealist, comedian, actor, artist, DJ and musician. He is known for his role as Vince Noir in The Mighty Boosh, which he co-wrote with comedy partner Julian Barratt, and is a team captain on the music panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks. His solo comedy sketch show Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy began broadcasting in January 2012 on the UK's E4, a second series of which is due to be broadcast in 2014. He also appeared as Richmond Avenal in The IT Crowd.
Born in Westminster, London, Fielding performed regularly as a stand-up comedian during the late 1990s, and appeared repeatedly on the television stand-up showcase Lee Mack's Gas. His highly animated stand-up routine included surreal stories, physical comedy, characters, and songs, much like his later work in The Mighty Boosh.
In 2010, Fielding was to perform a solo tour across the country. It was cancelled, however, so he could concentrate on writing The Mighty Boosh film and album with Barratt. Fielding announced via Twitter that he was too busy to do the tour.
The Mighty Boosh
Fielding met Barratt when he was performing a gig. Impressed by Fielding's skill, Barratt offered him a place to perform, and the two went on to form a partnership. Barratt and Fielding are said to have compared their relationship to a marriage; the character of Vince Noir is a kind, somewhat naive and loyal friend to the self-centered and ambitious Howard Moon. Vince can talk to animals, earning him the nickname "Mowgli in Flares". Vince is vibrant and flamboyant, contrasting with his friend Howard, who is more like a "geography teacher from Leeds".
Fielding plays various supporting characters in the Mighty Boosh, including: Tony Harrison, a small pink head with tentacles and member of the shaman council; The Hitcher, a cockney hitch-hiker with a polo mint for an eye; The Moon; Spider Dijon, a bongoist in Rudi's band; and Old Gregg, a hermaphroditic merman obsessed with Baileys Irish Cream and watercolors.
The Mighty Boosh has won the Shockwaves NME Best TV Award 3 times (in 2007, 2008, and 2010)
Outside his work on The Mighty Boosh, Fielding has also had bit parts in many of Channel 4's somewhat off-beat comedy programmes, including Nathan Barley, The IT Crowd, AD/BC: A Rock Opera and Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, more often than not appearing alongside Julian Barratt. He also appeared in 1998 sketch show Unnatural Acts. In February 2007, Fielding appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks as a panellist, before going on to become a permanent team captain. Fielding also made a short appearance in the film Plunkett & Macleane as a bystander to Robert Carlyle's scuffle in a brothel. Fielding appeared on The Charlotte Church Show as a special guest.
At Bill Bailey's request, Fielding stood in as a team captain for three episodes during Season 21 of Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He also achieved a record for the highest team score ever on the show. When Bailey returned, presenter Simon Amstell made various jokes about Fielding's departure. In 2009, Bailey left the show and Fielding became one of the regular team captains. According to Neil Gaiman's blog, Fielding was scheduled to appear in the film Stardust, but had to drop out due to ill health. He also participated twice with Russell Brand in 2006 and 2007 on the annual quiz show The Big Fat Quiz of the Year. He participated again in 2010 with Richard Ayoade, Alan Carr, Jonathan Ross, Michael McIntyre, and Ruth Jones. (Charlotte Church was scheduled to participate but she was unable to do so).
Fielding played the role of "Marcus" in the series 3 of How Not to Live Your Life, which was broadcast in November 2010.
Fielding produced his first solo series for the Channel 4 network's E4 channel in 2011, as the broadcaster invests an additional £5 million in its comedy budget following the cancellation of reality show Big Brother. Fielding said of the project, tentatively titled Noel Fielding: Boopus: "I want to make something in the spirit of Spike Milligan or the Kenny Everett Show but using modern techniques. Blending filmed comedy with animation. Television needs a madman! I want the show to be psychedelic and beautiful but have charm and personality. If Dalí made a show hopefully it would look like this." The show has since been renamed Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy and began broadcasting on Channel 4's E4 channel on 26 January 2012. It contains many aspects of animation composed with live action. A video shown to a select audience of C4 staff, producers, writers, performers and journalists showed the Boosh star as a stingray, discussing the recording of albums. Similar to the Mighty Boosh, in Luxury Comedy Fielding plays a wide array of characters including an optimistic lion, a chocolate finger, a deranged clown, a New York cop, a music producer stingray, and a futuristic Don Quixote called Fantasy Man.
Fielding performed a dance to "Wuthering Heights" by Kate Bush for Let's Dance for Comic Relief reaching the finale. He has also appeared in a Kate Bush video for the remix version of "Deeper Understanding".
Fielding starred in the 2001 Mighty Boosh radio series as Vince Noir and other characters. It was broadcast on BBC London Live. He also appeared on The Russell Brand Show on BBC Radio 2 on 26 May 2007 and 13 October 2007, and Team Disgusting's show on Life fm as a co-host for one episode, along with fellow Team Disgusting members Melvis and Birdy.
In November 2007 Fielding starred in five episodes of BBC Radio 2 show Vic Reeves' House Arrest as a local vagrant who knocks on Reeves' door once a week to ask for work. His character is often given seemingly pointless tasks, such as building a galleon out of sausages, and is paid in small change.
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Fielding has appeared in several music videos, including Mint Royale's "Blue Song", alongside Julian Barratt, Nick Frost and Michael Smiley. He also made a brief appearance in the video for Razorlight's "In the Morning". He appeared in music videos for the Robots in Disguise songs "Girl" (alongside Chris Corner who was, at the time, boyfriend to Sue Denim), "The Tears", and "Turn It Up". In 2009, Noel was involved in the Kasabian video "Vlad the Impaler", in which he plays the titular character, and he's referenced in "La Fée Verte" (his friend Sergio Pizzorno said "The line, 'I met Dalí in the street.' Dalí is Noel Fielding. And he is the modern-day Dalí"). He has also appeared in Kate Bush's music video "Deeper Understanding" as a means of thanks for the Let's Dance for Comic Relief performance.
Fielding is friends with the members of Razorlight, and involved them in the "Priest and the Beast" episode of The Mighty Boosh. Fielding lent his voice to the Midfield General song "Midfielding". Fielding also sometimes plays bass live for Robots in Disguise. Furthermore, he has been known to DJ, often playing at The Barfly in London with the rest of The Mighty Boosh or with his DJ collective known as Team Disgusting, made up of six women and the Rev (formerly of Towers of London). Lately, he has been DJing with Dave Brown, who plays Bollo in The Mighty Boosh, under the DJing phenomenon, the Doctor and the Pencil, who first appeared in the Boosh episode "The Chokes".
He held his first exhibition, entitled Psychedelic Dreams of the Jelly Fox at Maison Bertaux, a patisserie in Greek Street, Soho in early 2008. He claimed that he was inspired by Henri Rousseau, René Magritte, Willem de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, and Dexter Dalwood. He has also revealed that he feels inspired by Salvador Dalí. A second exhibition entitled "Bryan Ferry vs the Jelly Fox" took place at Maison Bertaux, from 5 July 2010 through to 5 January 2011.
On 6 September 2011, Fielding received Honorary Masters Degrees from Buckinghamshire New University for his ongoing interest in the graphics area and support for many art organisations. In October 2011, Fielding released an art book called 'Scribblings of a Madcap Shambleton', which he produced alongside with The Mighty Boosh cast member, Dave Brown (comedian). It features many of his old and new paintings, drawings and photography.
Fielding's video installation of 'The Jelly Fox' was shown at the Saatchi Gallery, and in 2012 he created a unique piece inspired by The Beatles for Liverpool Love at the Museum of Liverpool.
His brother is Michael Fielding, who appears as Naboo the Enigma in The Mighty Boosh and also portrays various characters in Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy. Fielding resides in Highgate, North London with his partner, Xfm DJ Lliana Bird. His parents are Diane and Ray Fielding, both of whom have appeared in Mighty Boosh episodes. He also revealed on Russell Brand's radio show that his grandmother is French. According to an article in The Sunday Times he has said that his "parents had lots of parties" during his childhood. He has also stated that his parents "were just 18" when they had him. Fielding is close friends with Julian Barratt, Richard Ayoade and Rich Fulcher, who he was worked with on numerous occasions, and he is also friends with Courtney Love, Russell Brand and Johnny Borrell, as well as the members of Kasabian. Kasabian's Sergio Pizzorno is part of Fielding's Loose Tapestries project, set up to make music for his series Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy.
Fielding was educated at Croydon Art College in South London then studied for a BA in Graphic Design and Advertising at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College (now Buckinghamshire New University) in High Wycombe, where he lived with friends and future collaborators Dave Brown and Nigel Coan. At some point, Fielding has also shared a flat with comedian Lee Mack, as revealed by Mack on Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
Fielding has stated that he has no middle name, was never baptised, and does not follow a religion.
In 2009, a Sunday Times article revealed that Fielding had hepatitis during his art college years. This forced him not to drink for six months which got him into the habit of not drinking for a couple of years. "I used to be able to enjoy myself with just nothing. I'd stay up till four in the morning, with everyone else being drunk. Just make a bit of effort and you can get used to it. "
- Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy (2012) - Himself/Various
- Horrid Henry: The Movie (2011) - Ed Banger
- How Not to Live Your Life (2010) - Marcus
- Come On Eileen Film (2010) - Rex
- Bunny and The Bull (2009) - Javier
- The Mighty Boosh Live Future Sailors Tour (2008-2009) - Vince Noir
- I Spit on Your Rave (2010) - Zombie King
- The Mighty Boosh Live (2006) – Vince Noir
- The IT Crowd (2006–2007, 2010, 2013) – Richmond
- Nathan Barley (2005) – Jones
- AD/BC: A Rock Opera (2004) – Shepherd
- Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004) – Monkey Man
- The Mighty Boosh (2004–2007) – Vince Noir
- Surrealissimo: The Trial of Salvador Dalí (2002) – Bauer
- Autoboosh Live (2000) – Vince Noir
- Sweet (2000) – Pete Sweet
- Arctic Boosh Live (1999) – Vince Noir
- Plunkett & Macleane (1999) – Brothel Gent
- The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2013)
- British Comedy Awards (2013)
- Staying In with Greg And Russell (2013)
- Gadget Man (2013)
- QI (2013)
- Give It Up for Comic Relief (2013)
- Brand X with Russell Brand (2013)
- Turner Prize (2012)
As a guest
- The Big Fat Quiz of the '00s (2012)
- "Damien Hirst:The First Look" (2012)
- Lorraine Kelly's Show (2012)
- The Secret Policeman's Ball (2012)
With Russell Brand
- The Jonathan Ross Show (2012)
- Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy (2012)
- The Rob Brydon Show - Christmas Special (2011)
- Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow (2011)
- Let's Dance For Comic Relief (2011)
- The One Show (2011)
- British Comedy Awards (2011)
- The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2010)
- Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow (2010)
- Modern Masters, Dalí (2010)
- Channel 4's Comedy Gala (2010)
- The Hour (2010)
With Paul Foot (comedian)
With Julian Barratt
- Chelsea Lately (2009)
With Julian Barratt
- Shooting Stars (2009)
- Comic Relief Does Top of the Pops (2009)
- XFM Interview (2008)
- Harry Hill's TV Burp (2008)
- The Culture Show (2008)
- Comic Relief's The Big One (2007)
- The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2007)
- Dawn French's Boys Who Do Comedy (2007)
- The Charlotte Church Show
- Episode 2x02 (2007)
- 21x02-21x04 (2007) Team Captain
- Episode 20x02 (2007)
- Permanent team captain, 2009–present
- The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2006)
- British Comedy Awards 2006 (2006)
- The Culture Show (2006)
- 1 Leicester Square (2006)
- Friday Night with Jonathan Ross
- Episode 11x10 (2006)
- interview (2006)
- Episode dated 26 July 2005 (2005)
- 28 Acts in 28 Minutes (2005)
- British Comedy Awards 2004 (2004)
- Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004)
- Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (2003)
- Liquid News (2003)
- Brain Candy (2002)
- The Big Schmooze
- Episode 1x04 (2000)
- The Comedy Café (1999)
- Episode 1x07
- Alexei Sayle's Merry-Go-Round (1998)
- Gas (1997)
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- 2010 The Mighty Boosh won Best DVD at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2010.
- 2009 The Mighty Boosh won Best TV Show at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009.
- 2009 4th in dave's sexiest stand up comedians.
- 2008 2nd Best Dressed Man of the Year GQ Awards.
- 2008 Situation Comedy and Comedy Drama Royal Television Awards 2008.
- 2008 Best Dressed Shockwaves NME Awards 2008.
- 2008 Sexiest Man Shockwaves NME Awards 2008.
- 2008 The Mighty Boosh won Best TV Show at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2008.
- 2007 The Mighty Boosh won Best TV Show at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2007.
- 2003 Time Out comedy award winner for outstanding achievement.
- 2002 Solo Edinburgh show Voodoo Hedgehog nominated for a Perrier
- 2001 The Boosh, first on London Live, then on Radio 4.
- 2000 Arctic Boosh won the Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival
- 1999 Perrier nominee with Julian Barratt as Arctic Boosh
- 1998 Herald Angel Award winner.
- 1998 Perrier Best Newcomer winner with Julian Barratt as the double act The Mighty Boosh (1998 Stage show)
- "Noel Fielding". BBC Comedy. Retrieved 2009-05-18.
- Noel Fielding Cancels Tour – Chortle.co.uk
- Neil Gaiman – Neil Gaiman's Journal: Stardust news
- "Noel Fielding's new show : News 2010 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Chortle. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
- "The Big Fat Quiz of the Year – Episode 1.8. The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2010 – British Comedy Guide". Comedy.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
- "Noel Fielding joins E4 – E4 blog". E4.com. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
- "Heard the one about Channel 4?". The Independent (London). 29 October 2010.
- Plunkett, John (29 October 2010). "The Inbetweeners to return for two specials". The Guardian (London).
- BBC – Radio 2 Comedy – Vic Reeves' House Arrest
- Russell Brand Show – BBC Radio 2 (13 October 2007)
- Rumbelow, Helen (28 November 2009). "The Mighty Boosh's Noel Fielding says that 'Kids are frightened of me'". The Sunday Times (London). Retrieved 19 October 2010.
- Jones, Sam (14 December 2007). "He's a Mick Jagger of comedy ... sweet but unbelievably mischievous and naughty, like a very cheeky puppy". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2007-12-14.
- "The Man Who Brings Noel's Dreams to Life". The Velvet Onion. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
- Life FM – Team Disgusting Show 2 June 2007
- "I Spit on Your Rave". I Spit on Your Rave. 9 August 2009. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
- "Noel Fielding To Be Crowned Zombie King At Big Chill Festival". Twitchfilm.net. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
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