25 Years of Reeves and Mortimer [REPORT]

I’ve already written about Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer here, but this is a little different.  After 25 years of a highly-influential career, the two British madmen are touring the country – for what appears to be one last time.  As a fan of their work for almost as long as their inception, it was quite something to see a performance.  Far older than the sprightly, young fellows we once knew, I couldn’t help some trepidation.  Indeed, much of their oeuvre relies on the physical; the long and demented slapstick synonymous with their act.  That said, Reeves and Mortimer will always be amusing and entertaining in their dynamic.  …   [continue reading]

The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer

p0360v1pHaving already spotlighted what I consider to be their American counterparts in Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, I thought it necessary that I give Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer the fore this week.  Vic and Bob, to be blunt about my bias, are my absolute favourite comedians of all time; making it tough to employ brevity when discussing their innovations, chemistry and pure ability to cause laughter.  Most will remember the duo for their madcap and subtly satirical Shooting Stars – the first and best of a string of inspired game shows.  Yet, as utterly new and genius as Shooting Stars, at least initially, was, it remains probably the least potent and confrontational of their amazingly obscure body of work.…   [continue reading]