Few QI guests have been as eagerly anticipated as Noel Fielding. For the past four years, he has topped the poll of people our Twitter followers would like to see in a chair next to Alan, and finally, in the K series, their wish was fulfilled. Better still, he got to play alongside fellow surrealist and member of the mad hair brigade, Ross Noble, and the result was a wild romp of a show featuring snuff, Kendal Mint Cake, kitty litter, basking sharks and vampires (though not necessarily in that order).
As well as being a comedian, Noel is an actor, artist and DJ. The centrepiece of his career so far has been the cult BBC TV show, The Mighty Boosh, which he co-created with fellow comedian Julian Barratt, in an attempt to become ‘the new Goodies’. Starting as a live show featuring two zookeepers, the Boosh became a Radio 4 series before finally making its TV debut in 2004. The double act anchors the mad originality of the plots and supporting cast of characters, and the show has captured the imagination and the loyalty of its audience like few others in recent years.
On the back of thus success, Noel has become a team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and performed in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace (2004), Nathan Barley (2005) and two editions of The Big Fat Quiz of the Year. In 2012 he was given his own comedy series, Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy in 2012. Despite his tutor at Croydon School of Art advising him to become a comedian, his surrealist paintings have been exhibited to great critical acclaim gathered into a book, The Scribblings of a Madcap Shambleton. The Evening Standard described the work as ‘a cross between Matt Groening and Hieronymus Bosch’.
The crazed gentleness of Noel’s humour, and its constant reference to animals makes him a QI natural. As he recently told the Guardian: ‘Everything is funny in the end. It is all we've got, isn't it? It is the only thing that separates us from the beasts. We laugh at stuff. Newts don't find anything funny at all. You can't get anything out of them. And rabbits – they just stare through you.'
Captain Cabinets, trapped in cabinets
Can he get out?
Will he get out?
'Course he will!