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S. J. Parris and Stephanie Merritt

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An Evening with Noel Fielding – enjoyable silliness

Sunday 23rd November 2014

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“If it hadn’t been for [Julian] Barratt, I’d be wearing red dungarees now and working in B&Q,” remarks Noel Fielding, in what might be a rare moment of truth amid the madcap flights of fancy in his new solo show. But this mention of his former comedy partner serves to remind us why the Mighty Booshwas such a successful double act; Fielding’s whimsy worked best when set against the counterweight of Barratt’s put-upon seriousness. Alone, his act feels somehow unmoored, as if his material lacks direction – more than one set piece tails off with the confession: “I don’t really have an ending for this.” ...

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