So, on Monday night I went to see the “25 Years of Reeves & Mortimer: the Poignant Moments” tour as it hit London.
Part of the tour had been rescheduled due to Bob having to undergo heart surgery, but I’m happy to report that he was in fine fettle, looking remarkably well considering. Were it not for a couple of gags about his health, if you didn’t know about it then you would have had absolutely no clue.
As the title of the show suggests, this was a trip down memory lane with many of their old characters, particularly those from “Vic Reeves’ Big Night Out” and “The Smell of Reeves & Mortimer” shows brought back and dusted down for one more outing. There were a few, of course, that they simply couldn’t fail to revive.
For a couple of weeks beforehand I’d been having anxiety dreams, where I didn’t know a single catchphrase to shout at the appropriate moment, and worse still got picked out of the crowd by Vic to finish off one said catchphrase, incurring the baying wrath of the crowd for being unable to complete even the simplest one, like “What’s on the end of the _______, Vic?”
Anyway, I’m not going to do a critique of the show here – it’s Vic & Bob, you know what to expect – but, I don’t think I’ll be giving too much away to any of you due to go see the comedy legends on the rest of the tour if I tell you that you get (amongst others) :
Man With The Stick:
Mulligan and O’Hare:
There’s even a reprise of (bits of) this:
And, as they say, many, many more.
In between, when the duo were changing outfits, the big screen showed:
Carl and Chris from The Club:
and new versions of some of the adverts that used to feature on “Shooting Stars”, such as:
As I was there with my Geordie friend Jo, who I adore and don’t see often enough (hello, if you’re reading this) that last one was especially appreciated.
It was a truly magnificent night, the duo clearly loving performing together, spending much of the night treading the fine line between keeping it together and corpsing.
But at just about 2 hours long, there were always bound to be some characters which were omitted, and songs too. For example, I was disappointed that the night didn’t end with this:
Still, can’t have everything, can we?