JB: I like that sort of stuff, but it’s not what the Boosh is. Your stuff on your own is more random, and maybe stuff I want to do on my own is a bit more serious. I write tragedies and things when I’m alone. Chekhovian dramas.
NF: [Laughs.] That’s not even a joke.
Now I’m just picturing Noel finding Julian somewhere (his house? the pub? the tour bus? anywhere, really) writing one of these stories in a little journal, or typing it on his laptop, and Noel insisting on reading it and Julian being a bit twitchy and nervous, but letting Noel read it and omg just let me die
This is just such a great, detailed interview. And who knew The Mighty Boosh was a gesamtkunstwerk? I feel really smart now for liking it. And I think that everybody should.
I was doing OK until the last lines, about trying to write with other collaborators:
We have this horrible thing where somebody’s giving ideas to us, and we keep glancing at each other. Always at the same point in the conversation, they go, “And you could do this,” and we realize, we can’t. It always has to be me and him in a room, locked in there crying.