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Noel Fielding: Voodoo Hedgehog Perrier nominee
One half of the Perrier-winning Mighty Boosh returns solo (Julian is trapped in a kiosk) performing stand-up so exciting and original it often changes the sex of the audience watching.
Surreal is the new 'zany' - the lazy way for the talentless to pretend they are funny. After all, simply juxtaposing some incongruous words is a hell of a lot easier than actually writing jokes.
It was with some surprise, then, that I actually warmed to Noel Fielding's charming show.
Things didn't start promisingly, with the Vic Reeves-esque announcement: "Please fill a boat full of Vimto and welcome on stage the King of Sardinia"
And when the fast-talking Fielding took to the stage, he started babbling about not needing jokes, just "a project".
But there are things resembling jokes here, and some solid stand-up routines, too. Though often when stuck for a real punchline, he'll wind up by muttering something abstract that sounds a bit funny, like 'chaffinch'.
He's self-conscious about it, and endearingly criticises his own lack of structure, though it doesn't actually stop him from doing it.
Mostly, though, Fielding relies on that childlike delight of finding absolutely everything - no matter how trivial or stupid - fascinating and fun. And it does prove very infectious.
As the show progresses, Fielding drops the chatty stand-up to take the audience into the magical twilight world of the woodland, inhabited by such fantastical creatures as the man with back-to-front ram's legs and Mario, the shadow-bumming wolf.
But Fielding's coup de grace is his sidekick - The Moon.
Suspended above the stage, this charming simpleton comments on the action and fills in between segments with tales of his lunar adventures.
And, at the show's finale, the moon projects simply the most charming piece of animation you'll ever see, completing the tale of the characters we've met over the previous hour and their encounters with the Jelly Fox.
This is more a show about atmosphere and magic than it is about solid jokes. And as such it's a huge triumph, it's Narnia-like charm strong enough bewitch the most hard-hearted cynic. Quite delightful.
Absolute class, funniest thing I've seen in ages, I like that original style.
Am I the only person that thinks this is overrated pish? "Looking into the eyes of a penguin"? My god he's shit
This man, he make me laugh. For over an hour, he had me on the edge of my seat (or on the floor) - in hysterics. The show takes you on a journey like no other - it's like being a child again for a night. Full respect to The Moon as well, who makes the occasional cameo appearance. A fantastically hilarious and surreal performance. See it.
Voodoo Hedgehog has to be one of the best stand up acts I saw at the fringe festival. Noel Fielding's act was zany and original and his characters were magical. A show that makes you feel better for having seen it: a hypnotising and intoxifying show that will make you want to see it again and again...unfortunately, Noel didn't bum my shadow. Gutted
Noel's show is great, would be nice if the deadpan Julian Barratt was there but still it's very good and imaginative. All that's surreal ain't bad - just like all those generic cock jokes are so dull.
I have seen lots of comedy over the last 15 years. Noel is now one of my favourites and I loved Voodoo Hedgehog. My friends are obsessed with the characters and found it to be original and extremely funny.
The Moon, the Voodoo Hedgehog, and expecially the Jelly Fox were absolutely fantastic and no doubt. Unfortunately Noel's two other characters, one with Rams' Legs and another fox with a vacuum tail were disappointingly pathetic and gifted with humour only a four-year-old would find funny. "Bumming" or "raping" shadows just isn't funny, Mr Fielding. How one mind can be so stunningly superb for a few minutes and so awfully unfunny for the majority is beyond me.
Noel's show was a fantastic way to spend my birthday, funny, bizarre and he's pretty hot too! The moon was also amazing, go see him if you get the chance
Noel Fielding was absolutely fantastic, and provoked actual tears of laughter from me. Which stung.
Thought I was going to die laughing from the second he came on stage. The best routine I've seen for years. Loved the moon and Mario It helped that Noel was pretty easy on the eyes too. Completely bizarre.
This is actually a top show. A really original act. He has a pretty cool sense of humour. Keep up the good work Noel.