Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy 2: Tales from Painted Hawaii, TV review
Ellen E Jones
Ellen is The Independent's TV critic. She writes a daily review of Last Night's TV and a weekly 'Inside TV' column for the i paper, as well as a column on general topics for the main paper most Wednesdays. Ellen is a former Hollywood correspondent and a contributing editor to Little White Lies, she's written on TV, film, lifestyle, travel and politics for publications including the Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, Esquire and Total Film.
Friday 01 August 2014
Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy 2: Tales from Painted Hawaii is fun for all the family with a multicoloured set that Nickelodeon would deem too garish. Visually, it's a meticulously fashioned delight – as you'd expect from the man with that haircut. Credit for this should also go to Fielding's long-time collaborator, Nigel Coan. As a sketch-show animator, he's proving himself a worthy successor to the Python's Terry Gilliam.
When it first appeared in 2012, some deemed Luxury Comedy's wacky content too confusing for TV. Those people have now been mocked/appeased (mock-eased?) with the addition of a familiar sitcom setting – a coffee shop. Think of Luxury Coffee as Central Perk in Friends. If Central Perk was perched on the edge of an animated Hawaiian volcano and regular customers included a talking chocolate biscuit who works part-time as a PE teacher.
Clearly, the Fielding engine of comedic invention engine is never at rest, but perhaps sometimes it should be. Last night included a few flights of fancy in need of emergency landing and one or two unfunny characters you'd happily see dispatched headfirst into that volcano. That's the problem with these freewheeling surrealists, they never know when to stop.
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