Bob Mortimer


Bob Mortimer

Infobox Comedian#007BA7
name = Bob Mortimer



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caption = Bob Mortimer (left) with Vic Reeves in 1991 during the Big Night Out tour.
birth_date = birth date and age|1959|5|23
birth_place = Acklam, Middlesbrough, England
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medium = Television
nationality = British
active = 1986 ndash Present
genre = Surreal humour
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notable_work = "Vic Reeves Big Night Out"
"The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer"
"Shooting Stars"

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Robert "Bob" Renwick Mortimer (born 23 May, 1959 in Middlesbrough, England) is a British comedian and actor, who is best known for his double act with Vic Reeves (see Vic and Bob). He owns the independent production company Pett Productions with Vic Reeves and Lisa Clark.

Early life

Mortimer's biscuit salesman father died when he was very young in a car crash, and as a result, he and his three brothers were brought up by their mother, Eunice. He attended Acklam High School on the site of Acklam Hall in Acklam, Middlesbrough. He trialled for local professional football club Middlesbrough, but was not able to take the sport up due to arthritis. He left school with three A-levels and went on to study law at the Universities of Sussex and Leicester. There, Mortimer became involved in political causes and the punk movement, starting a band called Dog Dirt. After leaving university with an LLM in Welfare [http://www.le.ac.uk/la/pg/ Law] , he moved to London and became a solicitor for Southwark Council. He then moved to a private practice.

Partnership with Vic Reeves

In 1986, in an attempt to drown his sorrows after finding his girlfriend in bed with a Hells Angel, Mortimer met up with an old friend who persuaded him to go to the Goldsmith's Tavern in New Cross, London to see a new show by someone called Vic Reeves. Mortimer was impressed by the performance, particularly the character Tappy Lappy, which was Reeves attempting to tap dance whilst wearing a Bryan Ferry mask and planks on his feet. Mortimer approached Reeves after the show, and the two began writing material for the next week's show together. They also became good friends, even forming a band called The Potter's Wheel. Mortimer began to perform on the show, which was christened "Vic Reeves Big Night Out", creating such characters as the Singing Lawyer, Graham Lister, Judge Nutmeg, and the Man With the Stick.

The show became very successful in south London and eventually outgrew Goldsmith's Tavern, moving in 1988 to the Albany Empire in Deptford. Mortimer soon became an integral part of the performance, providing him with a weekly break from the legal work which had begun to disillusion him.

Mortimer and Reeves made their television debut on the short-lived 1989 comedy/chat show "One Hour with Jonathan Ross", in the game show segment known as "knock down ginger".

Later that year they made their first television pilot together, "Vic Reeves Big Night Out", in late 1989. The television show remained true to the nightclub act's variety show format. Bob took a 10-week break from his legal job to film the series and never returned.

The two later created "Shooting Stars", a comedy panel show. This show first aired late September 1995 and ended early 2003.

In 2000, Mortimer played the part of Jeff Randall "Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)", opposite Reeves and Emilia Fox as Marty and Jeannie Hopkirk.

In 2003, Mortimer and Reeves were listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. In a 2005 poll to find "The Comedian's Comedian", they were voted the 9th greatest comedy act of all time by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.

In November 2007, Mortimer appeared as Reeves' hairdresser, Carl, in the weekly radio-based sketch show on BBC Radio 2, entitled "Vic Reeves' House Arrest". The first episode was broadcast on 17 November, 2007 and the series ran for six episodes. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/comedy/vicreeves.shtml BBC - Radio 2 Comedy - Vic Reeves' House Arrest]

On 27 February, 2008, Reeves announced that he and Mortimer were working together on a new sitcom about super heroes who get their powers through a malfunctioning telegraph pole.cite web
title=Journal Live
work=Reeves enjoys a Big Day Out with apprentices
url=http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2008/02/27/reeves-enjoys-a-big-day-out-with-apprentices-61634-20527947/
accessdate=2008-02-28
]

olo career

* In 1997, in collaboration with Chris Rea, Bob recorded Rea's hit "Let's Dance" with his favourite football team, Middlesbrough F.C.. The single reached #44 in the UK charts.

* In July 2002, Mortimer fought and defeated Les Dennis in the BBC's first "Celebrity Boxing" match, as part of Sport Relief 2002.

* He produced and presented the second match, "The Fight", a year later, which saw Grant Bovey face Ricky Gervais.

* In 2005, he hosted his first major TV series without Vic Reeves, a comedy panel game for BBC One, called "29 Minutes of Fame", which featured regular guests such as Jo Brand.

* Mortimer co-wrote the hit BBC Three television sketch comedy "Tittybangbang" with Jill Parker. "Tittybangbang" starred Lucy Montgomery and Debbie Chazen, with Tony Way, and ran for three series between 2006 and 2007.

* Mortimer is now penning his first novel, provisionally titled "Have Her Over My Hedge (You've Never Trimmed It)", with Charlie Higson.

* He is currently writing a sitcom for the BBC, which will star Mackenzie Crook and Iain Lee.

Personal life

Mortimer is married to Lisa Matthews and has two children, Harry and Thomas.He lives in Kent, in a partially sunken house (ground floor, first floor, basement, sub-basement and bunker), which he purchased from the estate of Frankie Howerd in 2001.

Mortimer suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, which gives him great pain when he is stressed, especially before making a TV series or embarking on a tour. On those occasions, he controls the illness with steroids. [cite web
title = Bob Mortimer – my battle with arthritis
work = Magazine column
url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/bbcworldwide/worldwidestories/pressreleases/2002/02_february/radiotimes_bob_mortimer.shtml
publisher = original: Radio Times "My Kind of Day" column, reporoduction: bbc.co.uk Press Office
accessdate=2007-10-24
]

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