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I'm a huge comedy fan, and have been for the best part of 20 years. I love comedy, either stand-up, sitcom or sketch shows and I have a really wide range of stuff I like. But sorry, I just don't get Noel Fielding. I've tried many times. I've sat through The Mighty Boosh, and also a couple of his stand-up performances. I even watched as he turned the ever-funny I.T Crowd un-funny.
Knowing I was a comedy fan, a relative recently bought me this book. I decided to try and shake off my feelings about his other stuff and give it a go.
What first strikes me about this, is that Noel Fielding thinks enough about himself that people really need to see his artwork. That's fair enough, I guess. The book is, to me, full of scribblings. They are very colourfull and attention-grabbing, but that seems to be it really. As with a lot of Fielding's other material, they are just strange, surreal things without any context. I fully understand that I'm looking at a painting of a talking crocodile, but why? The paintings and drawings are certainly off-beat, but if you dont really understand where the humour is coming from, then you may as well be flipping through a book of carpet samples.
I'm sure if you're a fan of his, then you'll go crazy for this. His usual brand of surreal humour adornes every page, and there's a lot of artwork to be seen so its good value for money. I do get that The Mighty Boosh was a big cult hit, but he seems to be dining out on it quite a bit now. I get the feeling that the work in this book could have been produced in the space of an afternoon...
Noel Fielding is famous for his works on the Mighty Boosh, The IT crowd and as an artist and comedian. Everyone can agree this guy is well out there and has probably got one of the wildest imaginations out there inspiring his television and art work.
This is not the typical autobiography as it lacks the stories about Noel himself and "the scribblings of a madcap shambleton" is exactly what this book seems to be, the stories are unrelated but if you share a love for the crazy and utter random juice that comes out of Noel's mouth you will love this book. If you wanted the life and times of Noel Fielding then you just may have to wait til his imagination calms down a bit.
The book contains a weird array of short stories, some photographs (half not suitable for children) and Noel's artwork, his artwork is very modern felt pen crazy stuff (similar to the Mighty Boosh drawing's) which have all now been ripped out and put on my wall along with my other pop art artists. This could also be for somebody who has a passion for art as Noel now appears to be quite an up and coming artist with a comedian mixed in. I found myself laughing hysterically at some of the drawings and stories.
Noel Fielding does and will always have a very strange view on things, you either find him funny or you don't If you have only discovered this man and want to see what he is all about, buying this book will give you an insight into the crazy mind of Noel Fielding without boring you to death with typical "I was a good student at school" autobiography stuff. If you aren't a Noel fan, this obviously isn't for you and I think any Noel fan here would have to get their hands on it straight away.