The 1998 stage show, titled The Mighty Boosh, was written and performed by Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt, along with Rich Fulcher. It was the first incarnation of what would eventually become The Mighty Boosh we now know.


Fielding and Barratt first conceived of The Mighty Boosh whilst working on Stewart Lee's Edinburgh show, King Dong vs. Moby Dick, in which they played a giant penis and a whale respectively.

In 1998, Barratt and Fielding debuted The Mighty Boosh at the Oranje Boom Boom comedy club at De Hems pub in Westminster, London. After recruiting Rich Fulcher, (whom the pair had met working on a television series called (Un)natural Acts, the trio took the show to the Edinburgh Festival, where they won the Perrier Award for Best Newcomer. They then began playing shows and trying out new comedy material at the Hen and Chickens Theatre in North London the following year, building up a cult following and introduced new characters whilst developing old ones.

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