Bang, Bang! It's Reeves and Mortimer - Netflix

Bang, Bang! It's Reeves and Mortimer continues the anarchic and surreal blend of offbeat comedy that has made the duo so popular. The series is arguably a continuation of The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, although a number of new characters were added. There's also a spoof fly-on-the-wall documentary about Baron's Night Club – a clear precursor to Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights. The high-voiced Stott brothers who appeared in Vic Reeves Big Night Out, return to terrorise celebrities.

Bang, Bang! It's Reeves and Mortimer - Netflix

Type: Variety

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 1999-01-01

Bang, Bang! It's Reeves and Mortimer - Vic and Bob - Netflix

Vic and Bob, also known as Reeves and Mortimer, are a British comedy double act consisting of Vic Reeves (born 24 January 1959, real name James Roderick Moir) and Bob Mortimer (born 23 May 1959). They have written and starred in several comedy programmes on British television since 1990, with Reeves having made his first TV appearance in 1986. Reeves and Mortimer's comedy combines absurd, visually and verbally inventive material with traditional comedy double act staples such as violent, cartoonish slapstick (the duo frequently engage in escalating fights with large frying pans, baseball bats, hammers, etc.), often improvised silly banter (usually at a large, prop-strewn desk) and purposefully corny, rapid-fire jokes. Both at times play the straight man; often Mortimer will play the exasperated foil to Reeves' eccentric buffoon, or Reeves will play blankly bemused or annoyed to a manic or hyperactive Mortimer. They forged a status for themselves as “the alternatives to alternative comedy” in the late 1980s and early '90s. In a 2005 poll The Comedian's Comedian, the duo were voted the 9th greatest comedy act ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.

Bang, Bang! It's Reeves and Mortimer - Advertising - Netflix

In the 1990s and 2000s both Reeves and Mortimer capitalised on their fame by featuring in a variety of television adverts. The earliest of these was for Cadbury's Boost bars, described by Reeves as “slightly rippled with a flat underside”. Other companies they advertised together included Müller, where the duo acted out examples of pleasure and pain, MFI and Kit-e-Kat. They have advertised several products solo such as Mini Cheddars and DHL (Mortimer) and Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Fanta, Lynx and Mars chocolate bars (Reeves). Mortimer contends that derivative material of their comedy and works has “flooded the advertising world. The Tango and McDonald's ads wouldn’t have been on without our sort of stuff.” Reeves and Mortimer appeared in a corporate advert for the BBC itself in the early 1990s, suggesting that the BBC was a place where talent could grow and develop. The advert spoofed BBC trailers of the time, which informed viewers of upcoming programmes due for broadcast. The duo's advert replaced these real programmes with their own inventions, including crime-drama “Detective in a Wheelbarrow”, a comedy pastiche of Last of the Summer Wine called “Three Blokes in a Bath” (which also featured Matt Lucas), coverage of both “Olympic Anvil Throwing” and “International Pan Fighting”, and ended with “Poldark on Mopeds”. Perhaps the most significant advert starring the pair was the finale of the Renault Clio Papa & Nicole advert series in 1998. Renault cast the duo to battle over Nicole, the star of the series, at the altar. An estimated 23 million viewers tuned in to see Nicole jilting Reeves at the altar and eloping with Mortimer in a Clio, spoofing a scene from the 1967 film The Graduate. For extra exposure, the commercial was scheduled for prime time viewing during the long-standing British soap opera Coronation Street. It was also screened extensively during the World Cup. The duo's The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer characters Le Corbussier et Papin quoted the advert in their sketches before they were cast in the role. Also in 1998, the pair voiced adverts for Churchill Insurance. Mortimer provided the voice of the adverts' signature nodding dog, Churchill, and Reeves was the consumer, prompting the dog to extol the virtues of insurance deals offered by the company. Reeves' contract with Churchill was terminated in 2005 after he was arrested for a drink-driving offence which disqualified him from driving for 36 months and ordered 100 hours of community service. Mortimer continued to provide the voice for the dog until at least 2009.

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