Come with us now on a journey through time and space…to the world of the mighty boosh…

Oh, you knew this was coming!

Someone inquired as to why I haven’t painted the Mighty Boosh yet, which had me asking, “Yes, Irene, why?” I had a grand time going over the entire Boosh video collection with a friend. We laughed, we crimped, and I peed a little when Tony Harrison graced the screen. What a weird and brilliant show!

It was suggested that I create the Boosh set in the same manner as the Flight of the Conchords—a double trio. Except this time I got my hands on some semi-delux sets of fives that are neither too big nor too small. It’s as though these sets were designed for exactly what I had in mind! The head dolls are Vince Noir and Howard Moon in their season 1 Zooniverse costumes.

Season 1 isn’t my favorite, but I had such a hard time trying to work out which crazy jump suit of Vince’s to paint that I spent three days ruminating about it. Bo was no help, of course, what with him being color blind. And a dog.

Set 1:

(Right to left:) Howard Moon, Naboo the Enigma, Rudi van DiSarzio, The Hitcher, and The Moon.

Howard Moon, an aspiring musician, actor, poet, novelist, and photographer who spends part of each day in a jazz trance.

“I do many things. I span the genres—they call me the genre spanner. “

Naboo the Enigma, a freelance shaman and recreational drug user.

“I might transform myself into a mighty hawk. Either that or work in Dixons—I haven’t decided.”

(I love it whenever there’s a mystic or guru of some sort on a TV show. Remember Jambi? From Pee Wee’s Playhouse? And that floating head Andy Dick portrayed in the long-forgotten Ben Stiller Show?) Mekka Lekka Hi Mekka Hiney Ho to you!

…but I digress. Back to Boosh! Here’s…

Rudi van DiSarzio, a High Priest of the Order of the Psychedelic Monks and plays a mean guitar.

“Feel the power of my fusion lick!”

Baboo Yagu, or, The Hitcher, an old, evil polo mint-wearing hitchhiker.

“Do I look like a reasonable man to you, or a peppermint nightmare?”


The Moon, a simple-minded, semi-coherent entity.

“When you are the moon, the best form you can be is a full moon. And then the half moon… he’s all right. But the full moon is the famous moon. And then three-quarters, eh, no one gives a **** about him. When does he come, two days in, to the calendar month? He’s useless. Full moon. The moon. The main moon.”

The Moon has his own website:

Set 2:

(Left to right:) Vince Noir, Bollo, Old Gregg, The Spirit of Jazz, Tony Harrison.

Vince Noir, laid back and fun and often the voice of reason with an affinity for his hair.

“Goth Juice… The most powerful hairspray known to man. Made from the tears of Robert Smith.”


Bollo, the anthropomorphic ape that DJs at a London nightclub on Tuesdays.

“I’ve got a bad feeling about this…”

Old Gregg, a hermaphroditic merman who loves Bailey’s Irish Cream and water color paintings.

“Ever drink baileys from a shoe? Wanna go to a club where people wee on each other? I’m gonna hurt you. I like you. What do ya think of me?”

The Spirit of Jazz, who possessed Howard at one point to make him do “strange things,” such as playing the trumpet so vigorously that his clothes tore off.

“I’m going to crawl inside you like a warm kitten!”

Tony Harrison, a member of the Board of Shaman. He loves Fleetwood Mac and has a Large Goods Vehicle license.

“This is an outrage!”

You might notice that the little ones on both sets are not the traditional matryoshka dolls. I had to nix them altogether and make both the Moon and Tony Harrison out of polymer clay. The goop on the Moon’s face is this marvelous substance called mousse clay. That’s a must for any crafter who makes mini foods.

If you haven’t checked out “The Mighty Boosh” yet, do it now!