- Trevor and Simon
Trevor Neal and Simon Hickson are a British
comedyduo, best known for their contributions to the BBC1 children's television series" Going Live!" and " Live & Kicking" during the late 1980s and throughout much of the 1990s. When they were first signed up for "Going Live", the duo were instructed simply to be clean and funny but not to worry about specifically tailoring their material to children.
Although much of Trevor and Simon's work for the programmes took the form of one-off sketches, it is their repertoire of regular characters for which they are best remembered. These included "The Singing Corner", a 1970s-style folk duo whose catchphrase was "swing your
pants!"; "Ken and Eddie Kennedy, the Barbers" whose insanitary salon would usually be visited by the programme's star guest each week; "World Of The Strange", two cloaked characters who believed that everything - even the most banal, everyday occurrences - was due to mysterious supernatural forces; and the "Sister Brothers", market traders of questionable character who would introduce a competition each week.
Trevor and Simon were absent from the
1991- 1992series of "Going Live", their role as comic relief being filled by Nick Ball and James Hickish. However, Trevor and Simon returned for the final series of "Going Live" in 1992- 1993, and continued when it became "Live And Kicking", in the 1993- 1994season. Although their comeback was arguably not as successful, it did include some memorable skits including "Sofa For Two For Three" in which Trevor and Simon would sit at the two ends of a two-seater settee, with a celebrity guest in the middle. The sofa had been specially weakened in the middle so that the guest would sink into it, and finding themselves unable to get up would have no choice but to sit there while Trevor and Simon made fun of them. For their final series with "Live & Kicking" ( 1996- 1997), Trevor and Simon's sketches were separated from the main show in a special show-within-a-show, "Transmission Impossible", which was also repeated separately later in the week. This section was not so well received, though it did introduce the "Art For'em" sketch involving two pretentious artists-cum-critics, and concluding each week with the memorable catchphrase "let's roll on the floor!". Other memorable sketches were the X-Files-inspired "Eggs Files", featuring Lincoln Eggs And His Close Friend, "Pickling Time with Pickling Jeff (And Jobe's Here As Well!)", and one set in The Draper Brothers' dry cleaning shop with the catchphrase "we don't do duvets!".
In 2001, Trevor and Simon performed their first live show in over three years, unleashing demonic rituals and some of history's most vile characters on audiences with "Trevor and Simon's Circus of Evil". Whilst the show was widely criticised by the media, it struck a chord with young adults with whom Trevor and Simon shared a childhood.
Trevor was a musician at the 2005
Glastonbury Festivalon the Sunday, playing with his band in the John PeelTent. Simon appeared on maracasfor a song.
Trevor and Simon wrote an episode for the sixth series of "
My Parents Are Aliens" called "Dan's the Man" in 2006. They also visited the set during the filming of the episode but did not guest on the show.
In December 2006 they appeared in the BBC Two programme "It Started With Swap Shop", a retrospective of BBC Saturday morning television, featuring in a filmed sequence with
Phillip Schofieldand Sarah Greene, then in a studio sketch as the dry cleaners.
Trevor and Simon have also written scripts for the BBC's children's channel, Cbeebies' art programme,
Doodle Do. They also notably opened BBC Radio 5when it launched at 9am on 27 August 1990.
Trevor and Simon gave their opinions on "Big Brother Celebrity Hijack Big Mouth" in January 2008.
On the 5th September 2008, they co-presented the breakfast show for the radio station Marcher Sound, as part of the station's 25th anniversary celebrations. [http://www.marchersound.co.uk/Article.asp?id=870587]
Two compilation videos were released - "Trev And Simon's Stupid Video" and "Trev and Simon's Other Video" - as was a book, "Trevor and Simon's Stupid Book". In 1990 the pair also collaborated with singer
Donovanon a novelty single release of his 1968 hit "Jennifer Juniper"; adopting their roles as "The Singing Corner", the pair made spoken interjections throughout Donovan's performance, concluding with Trevor having to explain to Simon that the singer was not in fact Jason Donovan.
There was also a video released of their 1993 tour "The Blimey That's Good! Tour" which has sketches from their characters MC Mick McMax and Moon Monkey (bought to you by Pot Fish), Blimey That's Good!, The Rogers Brothers and their game show 'It's A Shame' where you could win no prizes. The pieces were linked together by appearances from Ken and Eddie Kennedy The Barbers. It was recorded at the Ambassador's Theatre in August 1993.
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/guide/talent/h/hickson_simon.shtml BBC Guide to Comedy - Simon Hickson]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/guide/talent/n/neal_trev.shtml BBC Guide to Comedy - Trevor Neal]
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