Rich Fulcher

Rich Fulcher

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Rich Fulcher (born 18 November 1962, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.) is an American born comedy performer based in the United Kingdom.

Early life

Fulcher studied as a lawyer (earning a degree in government from Dartmouth College) but after graduating pursued a career in comedy instead. He took to improvised comedy at the ImprovOlympic in Chicago, where he was one of the early members of the Upright Citizens Brigade. After abandoning his legal ambitions he took his stage show "Mom I'm Not A Lawyer" to numerous venues which received very positive critical acclaimFact|date=September 2008: the angle which made it especially funny was that his parents did not know he gave up law.Fact|date=September 2008

"The Mighty Boosh"

Fulcher has played many types of characters but is perhaps best known for playing dull-witted, comic goons. He is probably most famous for his portrayal of Bob Fossil in various "The Mighty Boosh" stage, radio and television shows, as well as playing many other characters, including the Ape of Death and Leister Corncrake. He is also the only writer to provide additional material for the TV series outside of the major writers Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt. Fielding and Barratt came across Rich when touring in America and enjoyed his random absurd conversations so much that they wrote a part for him. Fulcher has a variety of running gags on "The Mighty Boosh": he often plays very short characters, performing them on his knees, and when he plays various cockney characters he can be heard muttering, "I'm a cockney, I'm a cockney..." His "Boosh" characters often die horribly, being grated, sanded or otherwise murdered, and as this happens Fulcher will sometimes say, "A little to the left!". Moreover, usually his characters have the running joke of saying "Gather round" (or some variant) and then having an inanimate object gather round too (e.g. the Naan Bread in the 'Legend of Old Gregg' episode). It was also in the Mighty Boosh that he met Matt Berry, who played Dixon Bainbridge. In the documentary, "A Journey Through Time and Space", he was said to be the only person who plays a "watered down version of himself"

"Snuff Box"

Rich Fulcher was a star and major writer for the BBC Three sketch show "Snuff Box", along with Matt Berry, whom he met on the set of "The Mighty Boosh". Berry plays the High Executioner to the King of England and Fulcher his assistant. He also plays other minor characters in the series.


So far, he is much better-known in the UK than in his native USA. In the USA, Fulcher was one of the "undercover" comedians who posed as various absurd talk show guests, in the 2004 Comedy Central series "Crossballs". His other American claim to fame is that he is one of the body doubles that appears in "Wayne's World 2" when they go to London. In 1998 he starred in and wrote for the sketch show "Unnatural Acts" for the Paramount Comedy Channel alongside his future "Mighty Boosh" co-stars Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding and also Seán Cullen and Rich Easter. Fulcher played a baker in "", where he met up with Matt Berry again, and they then starred in their own comedy series, "Snuff Box", on BBC Three. In addition to his acting and writing Fulcher is also a singer and dancer, and has employed these talents in various "Boosh" episodes and stage shows, on "Snuff Box" and as tech correspondent/stand up comic Dane Rivers on the comedy videocast Goodnight Burbank. He was interviewed on the first episode of comedian Steve Agee's podcast "The John Show". He has also provided the voice over for an MBNA credit card advert. Recently he provided the vocals to "Uncle Kevin" by DeadDogInBlackBag, a new Brighton-based electro outfit, fronted by Ami "Chihuahua" Richardson and Holly-Jane "the Pain" Shears.

On 5 November 2007 he starred in "Golf War" on E4, alongside Season 1 Boosh regulars Simon Farnaby and Matt Berry. [cite news|title=27.09.2007 |url=|accessdate=2007-10-20] He currently stars in ITV's mobile TV show "The Gym" as Dave Darblay, a life coach unable to recover from the loneliness of being left by his wife.

In 2008, he also appeared in an episode of Adult Swim's Fat Guy Stuck in Internet entitled "Beast and Breakfast", as well as playing the character of Mr Brilliance in new BBC Three comedy, Trexx and Flipside.


External links

Rich Fulcher official website
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* [ BBC Website Snuff Box Section]
* [ Rich Fulcher profile on IO West]
* [ "The Mighty Boosh" Rich Fulcher interview]
* [ The Mighty Boosh official site]
* [ "The Mighty Boosh" Fan Site]
* [ "The Mighty Boosh" Forum]
* [ Rich Fulcher on Channel 101]

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