Noel Fielding’s bizarrely wonderful comedy creations can say ‘mahalo’ to E4 for their return to our screens and this time (in case you hadn’t picked up on the phrases), it’s based in Hawaii! Or, to put it more accurately, a coffee shop on the edge of a Hawaiian volcano!
The surreal and expressionistic hijinks are a mixture of live action and animation. Noel is joined by Andy Warhol (Tom Meeton), Dolly (Dolly Wells) and Smooth the anteater (Michael Fielding) on his ‘magical’ adventures. Whether it’s trying to destroy a monster called Fantasy Block in an attempt to save their only viewer from an asteroid or exploring the subject of disaffected youth while being threatened by a race of ultra-cool alien cucumbers, each episode takes in the expected mad ideas and worlds that made Noel a household name in The Mighty Boosh.
“I loved making this new series. It’s like an insect version of the Antiques Roadshow” Noel offers, helpfully.
Whilst Fiona McDermott, Deputy Head of Comedy who commissioned the show for E4 said: “Luxury Comedy remains unlike any other comedy on your TV and that’s the core of its brilliance. Noel and team have taken the characters from series one and given them a new home, new ideas and lost nothing of the original magic of the show. It’s a total treat and we’re so proud to have it on E4.”
Much loved returning characters include Sgt Raymond Boombox (a painted New York cop), Fantasy Man (a modern day Don Quixote), Todd Laguna, a music producing hammerhead shark (played by comedian and film-maker Richard Ayoade), Joey Ramone (a mute plasticine punk) and Secret Peter (Noel’s landlord) along with his brother Peter Out In The Open.
Guest stars include Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd), Steve Oram (Sightseers) and Simon Farnaby (Horrible Histories) and Rich Fulcher (The Mighty Boosh) among others.
The second series of Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy – ‘Tales From Painted Hawaii’ – has been commissioned for E4. It is exec produced by Derrin Schlesinger and produced by Imogen Cooper. It is directed and written by Noel Fielding and Nigel Coan. The Production Company is Secret Peter.