British comedy group the Mighty Boosh was scheduled to play the Largo theater in Los Angeles on Thursday night, but the show’s been canceled — thanks to the government shutdown.
According to an email sent by Largo to ticket holders, the shutdown delayed the visa process, which in turn delayed when they’re going to be able to fly to the States, ultimately leaving L.A. comedy fans in the lurch when it comes to seeing them.
The theater said they were looking into scheduling a make-up show that but that it would be unlikely, and said they would be offering full refunds to everyone if no show was possible or transfer the ticket to the rescheduled show.
They were still scheduled to play Festival Supreme on Saturday at the Santa Monica Pier. That’s a comedy show put together by comedy band Tenacious D which has a comedy nerd’s dream as a lineup, with cult favorites like Mr. Show and Tim & Eric, along with standups like Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis and even Adam Sandler.
The Mighty Boosh initially formed in 1998, performing several stage shows, radio shows and ultimately a TV series that ran from 2004 until 2007. The group had parted ways, but is reuniting for its shows this weekend.
Watch highlights from "The Mighty Boosh" (warning: contains some adult language):
The full email from Largo is below:
Well, we sure were excited to have the Boosh headed to Largo for a very special show.
However, due to our government shutdown, the lads were not able to procure their visas in a timely manner. As a result, their flights into Los Angeles for this weekend's festival have been delayed by days and they will be unable to perform for us here at Largo Thursday night. We apologize, as do they, for this unfortunate turn of events.
There is a slim possibility that a make-up show can be scheduled. With that in mind, we are going to wait until tomorrow (October 17) to process the refunds. Once we have determined if a make-up show can happen or not, we will either fully refund everyone, or transfer your ticket to the rescheduled show.
If you have any questions regarding this, you can contact Ticketfly Customer Support. Please include the name of the event and your confirmation number in all correspondences.
Again, so sorry for the cancellation, and we will be in touch with you real soon about refunds.
Largo and Ticketfly Customer Support