Old Gregg is one of those rare internet phenomenons that has seemed to sweep and firmly stake it’s claim in online culture. I even saw people dressed as Old Gregg for Halloween this last year in Denver. It’s something that kind of runs through our office every once in a while and gets everyone all fired up. It’s just so damn weird that you can’t really ignore it. It’s not the kind of thing that could ever happen on stuck-up conservative American television either and I think that has a lot to do with why young people, specifically in the U.S. just can’t seem to get enough of Old Gregg.
Anyway, I could try to explain it myself but Wikipedia has already done a better job than I could ever do so here is the information from Wiki copied directly from their entry on Old Gregg:
“Old Gregg is a fictional character portrayed by Noel Fielding. He was created for the “The Legend of Old Gregg“, a 2005 episode of the TV series, The Mighty Boosh. He later went on to appear in the 2006 stage show, The Mighty Boosh. The name of the character is derived from an incident where a friend of Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding’s, while at a festival in the middle of the night, heard someone yelling “I’m Old Gregg!”.
Old Gregg is a transsexual merman who occasionally refers to his vagina, which emits a blinding light, as his “mangina.” He inhabits a cave below the lake in a village called Black Lake. Old Gregg is fond of Baileys Irish Cream, as well as being a keen watercolour painter. He owns The Funk, an extraterrestrial covered in teats which lactates liquid Funk. Old Gregg is in love with Howard Moon; singing a song with him entitled “Love Games”, chronicling his obsession and Howard’s reluctance, and later proposing to Howard. A deleted scene from “The Legend of Old Gregg” documents many rumours about Old Gregg, including his cannibalistic nature, and his age at over 1,200 years old.
Old Gregg is first seen in the 2005 episode, “The Legend of Old Gregg” in which he meets and falls in love with Howard; who is then rescued by Vince. Old Gregg then joins Howard in the 2006 stage show, after tracking him down and having himself delivered in a box, where they sing a rendition of “Love Games” and are later seen kissing. Old Gregg last appeared in deleted scene from the 2007 episode, “Party“, disguised as a woman who has taken a liking to Howard.“
You can read about the program “The Mighty Boosh” at Wikipedia and find all you need to know about Old Gregg there as well. Just scroll down to ‘G’.
I had to post this on a Friday. It’s the perfect Friday blog entry. Enjoy. I love Old Gregg.