For Christmas I got a DVD box set of The Mighty Boosh, a comedy series from England. It’s stars are Julian Barrett, and Noel Fielding. The two always end up in some sort of supernatural adventure with mystical characters. I am enjoying it very much. I am going to present images from “The Legend of Milky Joe”. It may not be their best episode, but it makes a great example of how you can build an idea to extreme lengths, and the extremity becomes the source of comedy.
The two characters Vince Noir (Fielding) and Howard Moon (Barrett) are stranded on a tiny island.
They have an argument and draw a line and build a fence between each other. Vince Noir flourishes and builds a nice hut, while Howard can barely take care of himself.
Howard notices a coconut that appears to have a face. This is where the barest of characters is created.
The coconut becomes the character “Milky Joe”. He is Howard’s new friend, and they have intellectual conversations. For most of the show, the coconuts do not actually talk or move. The actors are carrying the entire relationship. It’s almost a parody of the movie “Castaway” where Tom Hanks talks to his volleyball, Wilson.
Vince becomes envious of Howard and his new friend.
Later, Howard hears Vince in conversation inside his hut. When he goes to see who he’s talking to, he discovers Vince has his own coconut friend, and this one is “Ruby” a female. Vince acts like Howard is crashing the party.
It was always Vince’s character to meet girls, while Howard was desperate. After that Vince has two girls, “Ruby” and “Precious”.
Howard pleads with Vince to set him up with Precious. He arranges a nice dinner for the four of them.
Howard makes his move…
Another evening, Vince is having a party with a bunch of friends.
When he invites Howard to the party, he sees Howard has a black eye. Howard is in an abusive relationship with Precious.
Howard confronts Precious. Still there is no movement from the coconut.
She’s knocked to the floor and cracks her nut on a rock.
Vince arrives. Note the dramatic lighting.
A coconut with a camera films the scene. This is the first time a coconut is moving on it’s own.
Vince and Howard bury Precious
But some cops show up…
Vince and Howard flee in a bamboo car…
The police chase them.
They go to court…
They are convicted and sentenced to a sort of stoning, in a carnival arcade, but it’s just their heads.
When their heads are knocked over, they are awoken by splashing water. It was all a dream. A dream they both shared. Even though they were sleeping, this is not as wacky as their “real” adventures. I just like it because they create characters from coconuts, then build and build the relationships and the story to absurd lengths.
It also follows the basic rule of man made creatures. If you give life to something other than a human being, it historically becomes dangerous. They become a threat, like the monster in Frankenstein, or the replicants from Blade Runner, or the marching mops in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Then the story is a matter of who destroys who.