Vic Reeves

James Roderick Moir

James Roderick Moir(born 24 January 1959), better known by the stage nameVic Reeves, is an English comedian , artist , actor and television presenter , best known for his double act with Bob Mortimer (see Vic and Bob ). He is known for his surreal and non sequitur sense of humour.In 2003, Reeves and Mortimer were listed inThe Observeras one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy . In a 2005 poll to find theComedians' Comedian, Reeves and Mortimer were voted the 9th greatest comedy act ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.

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 Vic Reeves's Career

After school, Reeves undertook an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering , before moving to London.

Reeves also formed the Fashionable Five, a group of five friends (including Jack Dent, who ran the original Fan Club) who would follow bands like The Enid and Free onto stage, and perform pranks (including Reeves pretending to have a brass hand, and following a Terry Scott lookalike around Darlington town centre in single file formation). Eventually, they formed their own band. Reeves had an early breakthrough with the help of comedian Malcolm Hardee .

In 1983, Reeves began a part-time course at a local art college , developed his love of painting and eventually persuaded a local art gallery to stage an exhibition of his unique work. Although still primarily known as a comedian , Reeves is gaining a reputation as an artist . His drawings and paintings have been used in his television shows and form a major part of his 1999 book,Sun Boiled Onions. For more information see Vic Reeves#Art .

As Vic Reeves[edit]

As well as working and performing in bands in London, including being an original member of the Industrial/Experimental band Test Dept and performing onstage with them at their debut gig (then leaving soon afterwards), Reeves also joined the alternative comedy circuit under many different guises. These included a loudmouthed American called Jim Bell, a beat poet called Mister Mystery and, eventually, "The North-East’s Top Light Entertainer " – Vic Reeves. His stage showVic Reeves Big Night Outbegan life as a regular Thursday night gig at Goldsmith’s Tavern, New Cross (now the New Cross House). Here, he met Bob Mortimer , a solicitor who attended the show and enjoyed it so much that he soon began to participate. Reeves' television début came in December 1986 on Channel 4 Television'sThe Tubein a comedy game show segment called "Square Celebrities", suspended by a wire to ask the "celebrities" questions. His next appearance was on the short-lived chat/comedy showOne Hour with Jonathan Rossin a game show segment known asKnock Down Ginger. Reeves' growing TV profile led toBig Night Outbeing given a slot on Channel 4 the following year. It was about this time that Reeves and Mortimer rented a back room at Jools Holland 's office/recording studio in Westcombe Park , Greenwich where they would spend hours writing material.

Reeves continued to work alongside Mortimer as a comedy duo inThe Smell of Reeves and Mortimer,Shooting Stars, andBang Bang, It's Reeves and Mortimer, some of which also featured future cast members ofThe Fast ShowandLittle Britain.

Reeves is one of the few comedians to have had a number one record in the UK Singles Chart , which he did in company with The Wonder Stuff , singing " Dizzy " (previously a number one hit for Tommy Roe ). Including Dizzy, he released two other singles from his 1991 album I Will Cure You . See Vic Reeves#Music and I Will Cure You for more about Reeves' musical endeavours.

A 1994 pilot written by Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson entitledThe Honeymoon's Overwas due to feature Chris Bell, a character fromThe Smell of Reeves and Mortimer., however, the series was never commissioned. The same year, Reeves made a guest appearance on the Radio 1 seriesShuttleworth's Showtime, hosted by John Shuttleworth .

Between August 1998 and May 1999, Reeves and Mortimer presented the Channel X produced BBC Saturday game showFamilies at Warwith Alice Beer .

Reeves played Marty Hopkirk in the BBC 's 2000–2001 thriller seriesRandall and Hopkirk– a revival of the original 1960s series , with Mortimer as Randall , Emilia Fox as Jeannie and Tom Baker as Wyvern.

In 2000, Reeves presented a series entitled,Vic Reeves Examineson UK Play , featuring celebrities such as Ricky Gervais , Johnny Vegas , Lauren Laverne and Emma Kennedy discussing a topic of their choice. The same year, Reeves presented a one-off radio show on BBC Radio 1 , entitledCock of the Wood.

In 2004 Reeves and Sorrell were both contestants in the fourth series ofI'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!. He appeared in the seriesCatterickwith mortimer appearing as several characters.

In September 2005, Reeves hosted a show for Virgin Radio calledVic Reeves Big Night Inproduced by Mark Augustyn, for a short period on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7.00pm.

In May 2006, Reeves presented a programme on ITV Tyne Tees about Northeast comedy culture calledIt's Funny Up North with... Vic Reeves.

Reeves presented a historical ten-part series, entitledRogues Gallery, which was shown on the Discovery Channel (UK) in 2005, where he investigated, and portrayed Anne Bonny and Mary Read , Captain Kidd , Claude Duval , Jonathan Wild , Rob Roy , Colonel Blood , George Ransley , Deacon Brodie , Blackbeard and Dick Turpin . Sorrell also appeared in some episodes. Continuing in this vein,Vic Reeves' Pirateswas shown on ITV West , and, subsequently, on the History Channel in 2007.

In 2007, Reeves hosted a show calledVic Reeves Investigates: Jack the Ripper. Reeves, with the help of historians and leading experts, tried to discover who Jack the Ripper was. At the end of the show, he came to the conclusion that Jack the Ripper was Francis Tumblety .

during the fifth and sixth series, replacing Richard Hammond .

Beginning in June 2007, Reeves presented a BBC Radio 2 panel game calledDoes the Team Think?.

Vic Reeves' House Arrest. . The show's premise was that Reeves had been put under house arrest for "a crime he didn't commit", and each episode consists of the various events that take place in and around his house on a particular day. Mortimer plays his housecall-making hairdresser, Carl, while other performers includeThe Mighty Booshstar Noel Fielding as a local vagrant who comes to Reeves' door on a weekly basis looking for work, as well as Sorrell in multiple roles.

On 20 February 2008, Reeves appeared onstage at theBRIT Awardsto present the "Mastercard British Album" award to the Arctic Monkeys . He was visibly disorientated and co-host Sharon Osbourne called him a "pissed bastard" and repeatedly told him to "piss off".[citation needed]There have been claims bythe Sunnewspaper that Reeves' addled state was due to his autocue failing. In ITV 's Teletext music magazine Planet Sound interview, which took place half an hour after the show, Reeves stated that he was trying to read the autocue, and was pushed away by Osbourne while trying to do his job. He called Osbourne's behaviour "unacceptable". Planet Sound defended Reeves saying, "for the record", he was not drunk, and declared that there are better people to present live awards ceremonies than the Osbournes, such as Jonathan Ross .

He also reiterated his desire to bring backShooting Starsfor a 6th series. Along with his son, Reeves is also featured in one edition of a factual series for Five , Dangerous Adventures for Boys, based on the best-selling book written by Conn and Hal Iggulden , The Dangerous Book for Boys .

, one of the new television shows commissioned for UKTV People channel's relaunch as Blighty .

On 25 August 2009, Reeves appeared as a guest on the BBC One 'sThe One Showwith Mortimer.

Series 6 ofShooting Starsbegan airing on 26 August 2009 with Reeves and Mortimer, along with Ulrika Jonsson and Jack Dee as team captains.

, a light-hearted radio discussion show broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in two parts on either side of Halloween on 29 October 2009 and 5 November 2009.

In July 2011, Reeves and Mortimer for a selection of YouTube improvised comedy sketches, in association with Foster's – They released their "Afternoon Delight" clips every weekday afternoon in July.

Television appearances[edit]

For Reeves' television appearances with Bob Mortimer, see Vic and Bob § Television .

Reeves has appeared without Mortimer on a number of British television shows, primarily game shows , poll programmes and charity telethons . These include:

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 Vic Reeves's Art

This crossover of comedy and art often features within Reeves and Mortimer's television shows. A notable example isThe Smell of Reeves and Mortimer 's first episode. Several of Reeves' drawings are featured, illustrating the lyrics of the opening song. (These drawings would later be published within his bookSun Boiled Onions.) As seen in the script book for the show, Reeves often drew sketches for the BBC's costume and set designers saying that "if we just tell them what we want, it never ends up looking like it does in our minds."

Background and education[edit]

Later he would go on to forge artworks his acquaintances liked with the aim of selling them to them.Wanting to study art, but being pressured into work, Reeves began a five-year engineering apprenticeship at a factory in Newton Aycliffe with the aim of working in their technical drawings department.

Once leaving college, he worked as a curator at The Garden Gallery, an independent London gallery. It was there that he held his first art exhibition in 1985, with the help of a grant from Lewisham Council.

Published work and exhibitions[edit]

He provided thirty illustrations for Random House 's 2011 reprint of Jerome K. Jerome 's classic story "Three Men in a Boat".He was also commissioned to create several celebrity drawings for Jools Holland 's Channel 5 series "Name That Tune".

Reeves has hosted several exhibitions of his artwork, including:

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 Vic Reeves's Music

I Will Cure You

whose song "Fantasia" was played on Never Mind the Buzzcocks by Lamarr in 1998, in an attempt to embarrass him.


For more information see I Will Cure You .

It included a mixture of covers and original songs in a variety of musical styles, many of which were originally introduced in Big Night Out . Along with Dizzy, two other singles were released from the album, a cover of the Matt Monro song " Born Free " and a dance reworking of Christian hymn " Abide With Me " which reached #6 and #47 in the UK Singles Chart respectively.


For singles released from I Will Cure You, see I Will Cure You#Singles

the duo dress as Mike Nesmith and Davy Jones of The Monkees.On the CD release of the single, a studio version of "At This Stage I Couldn't Say" was included, a track originally sung by characters Mulligan and O’Hare inThe Smell of Reeves and Mortimer.On the 7" release, the bonus track was "At Least We’ve Got Our Guitars", which was the opening song for the last episode ofThe Smell of Reeves and Mortimer.

, sung by Reeves, was released as a single. The song reached #20 in the UK Singles Chart.


Later, Reeves would advertise Holland’s album "Moving Out to the Country".

A fan of The Smiths, Reeves opened some episodes of Big Night Out with covers of the band's songs including " Sheila Take a Bow " which he intended to include a cover of on his album I Will Cure You . It did not make the final cut.

was initially recorded with all original verses intact, but as the last included foul language, it was edited out of the final release.

A shortened version of Reeves’ cover also featured in the series itself.Both Reeves and Mortimer appeared in the music video for the single.

Music videos[edit]

For music videos for singles from I Will Cure You, see I Will Cure You#Music videos

can be seen at the beginning.

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 Vic Reeves's Books

For books on or by Reeves and Mortimer, see Vic and Bob#Books

  • Vic Reeves Me:Moir (Volume One)– autobiography by Vic Reeves, Virgin Books , 2006
  • Sunboiled Onions– diary, paintings and drawings by Vic Reeves, Penguin Books , 1999

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 Vic Reeves's Advertising

For advertisements featuring both Reeves and Mortimer, see Vic and Bob#Advertising

Reeves has appeared in television advertisements for a number of products, both with Mortimer and alone.

  • An advertisement for Guinness quoted Reeves as saying "88.2% of statistics are made up on the spot"
  • Reeves has done solo advertising work for a variety of products including MFI , Müller Light , First Direct , Churchill Insurance, Cadbury's Boost, Mars Bar , Fanta , Heinz Tomato Ketchup , Domestos bleach, Maryland Cookies and he cross-dressed for a 2008 advertisement for 888 Holdings ' Bingo website 888 Ladies .
  • Reeves also advertised Jools Holland 's 2006 albumMoving Out to the Country.
  • In 2011, Reeves was featured in an East Coast Trains television advertisement, promoting the first class service. During the advert, he is seen using his love of art by sketching and painting the surrounding passengers and on-board train attendant. Reeves also featured in a 2012 radio advert for the company.

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 Vic Reeves's Personal life

Reeves was born in Leeds , the son of James Neill (1926–2004) and Audrey Moir (née Leigh). At the age of five, he moved to Darlington , County Durham , with his parents and younger sister Lois. He attended Heathfield Infants and Junior School and went on to the nearby secondary school, Eastbourne Comprehensive in Darlington .

Reeves has four children, the eldest two by his first wife Sarah Vincent, whom he married in 1990 and divorced in 1999. He met his second wife, Nancy Sorrell , in 2001, and the couple married on 25 January 2003. Sorrell gave birth to twin girls Beth and Nell at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford , Kent , on 25 May 2006.

He buried his classic Austin A40 Somerset in his back garden, as shown on the BBC 's 1997Omnibusdocumentary "A Film Of Reeves & Mortimer".

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 Vic Reeves's References

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