Top hat full of kittens

One of the undeniable shibboleths of cool is this - if you knew and loved The Mighty Boosh, you are - if you didn't, you just aren't.

There's no getting around that fact.

Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding's British comedy show only lasted three series.

As Howard Moon and Vince Noir, they made the years 2004 to 2007 intermittently funny.

They didn`t have much competition, to be fair.

It wasn't a very funny period - despite the 2005 event in which French surgeons carried out the first human face transplant. Of course, not everything the Boosh boys did was good.

Some live shows following the series were awful.

But Noel Fielding and his haircut are back on Prime in January in Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

In case you never knew or loved The Mighty Boosh, you may need to know the Buzzcocks was a Manchester punk band, while the ''Never Mind the'' bit was - oh, it doesn't matter.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks is a comedy panel game show, a format I generally approach with great caution.

There is QI, with Stephen Fry, which is quite funny.

There is 7 Days with Jeremy Corbett, which some people like.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks has been running since 1996, and the show beginning in the new year is series 24, screened originally in 2010.

It features guest host Mark Ronson, with young person's pop types Alesha Dixon and Mollie King, among others.

Back to Mark Ronson`s early years, though - after his parents broke up, his mother married Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones.

Yes - that Foreigner.

The Foreigner behind such awful hits as Cold as Ice and I Want to Know What Love Is.

The kid never had a chance.

Despite that, or perhaps because of that, he is quite funny, in particular when humouring us alongside Noel Fielding.

To give you a steer on the sort of humour involved, the first question is this: Why did Pete (the Libertines and Babyshambles) Doherty cancel a 2008 concert in Belgium?

Was it: (a) He was sexually threatened by a Belgian princess; (b) he wanted to attend the birth of his pregnant cat's kittens; or (c) he got lost on a Tintin tour of Bruges.

The conversation quickly turns to haircuts, as one might expect of young person's rock music types.

Then Noel Fielding pitches in with an amusing young person's rock music anecdote.

"'I was at a party once in Courtney Love's hotel room.

"'Pete Doherty knocked on the door.

"'He was there with a top hat full of kittens.

"'True story.''

Anyway, the answer was (b).

And despite that, or perhaps because of it, Never Mind the Buzzcocks is quite funny.

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