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The first television outing for Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. Developed from a three-hour live neo-variety show which Jonathan Ross once went to see and then commissioned them to make a cut-down half-hour version for TV. Allegedly the idea came about because Reeves (real name Jim Moir) ended up running a conventional variety show, but worked out that he could save money if he fired all the acts and performed them himself.

Its surreal humour made it an alternative comedy favourite (being particularly popular among students in the early 1990s) and rocketed the duo to stardom.
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Contains examples of:
* AbsurdityAscendant
* ArchEnemy (Graham Lister)
* AscendedFanboy Legend has it that Bob joined the show having sat heckling at one of the live performances, whereupon he was invited to [[LetsSeeYouDoBetter do better himself]]. Bluff called, AndTheRestIsHistory
* ButtMonkey: The Man With the Stick.
* CatchPhrase:
** Vic: "That was ''my'' idea!" ; "You wouldn't let it lie, would you?!"
** The Stotts: "Marzipan's private, Davy!"
** The Ramblers: "But it's not all rambling, is it?"
** Wavy Davy: "Hiya!!!!!"; "Seeya!!!!!"
** Bob: "[[DeathByFallingOver Oh Vic, I've fallen]]" (sometimes followed with) "I can smell the chafing!"
** The Living Carpets: "You lyin' get!"; "I heard that rumour" "I know, I started it!"
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}} (practically everyone)
* ContinuityNod: In one episode both of the Living Carpets claim to be Les's father. It is pointed out that an earlier episode's Les Facts had stated that Les's father was Parker out of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}''. So they both promptly claim to be Parker as well.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment ''(and ProductPlacement)'' ("The new Reeves and Mortimer ''(name of product)'', by Reeves and Mortimer!")
* DownerEnding: parodied by the final episode. [[spoiler:Vic's closing song is interrupted by Lister, and they fight with everything that comes to hand including a beer bottle from the Man with the Stick's stick. Lister is left unconscious or dead. The Man with the Stick, now despondent and alcoholic over Vic's mistreatment of his children, fires a gun randomly, hitting Vic and possibly Les as well, before slumping in despair and putting the gun to his own head as the curtain falls. Vic's hand waves goodbye weakly from beneath the curtain.]]
* EverythingIsBetterWithExplosions (The Stotts insist on starting their act with "a nice explosion", consisting of igniting a saucer of oil, which later became a RunningGag when they reappeared on ''Bang Bang It's Reeves and Mortimer'')
* HeyItsThatGuy (modern viewers may start at the first television appearances of the stars of ''TheFastShow'' such as Simon Day, in minor guest roles)
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: In the second series Vic would periodically go on a live video feed "to our Swiss counterparts, the Ponderers", who were blond shirtless versions of Vic and Bob with giant strap-on chins to aid their pondering.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly (Vic delivers a tribute to the then-fading phenomenon of punk rock in an incongruously 1920s-music-hall style)
* OnceAnEpisode (The Man with the Stick, Les Facts and other regular features)
* PhraseCatcher ("And what do we cry when we see a man with a stick?" "WHAT'S ON THE END OF THE STICK, VIC?")
* ProductPlacement (All the Reeves and Mortimer products)
* RunningGag (Les cannot help smiling every time he sees a spirit level, but is mortally afraid of chives - among others)
* {{Satan}} ([[spoiler:Wavy Davy]])
* TalkingToHimself: Used a few times. In one episode Vic decides to listen in on backstage and hears all the characters insulting him, including the characters he himself plays. In another episode, Vic calls back all three contestants on Novelty Island, even though two of them (Graham Lister and Wavy Davy) are played by Bob Mortimer. This was achieved by Wavy Davy being played by an extra with [[LampshadeHanging a giant black and white cardboard cutout photograph of Wavy Davy's face]] as a mask.
* TheIgor (Les)
* TheVoiceless (Les)
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The first television outing for Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. Developed from a three-hour live neo-variety show which Jonathan Ross once went to see and then commissioned them to make a cut-down half-hour version for TV. Allegedly the idea came about because Reeves (real name Jim Moir) ended up running a conventional variety show, but worked out that he could save money if he fired all the acts and performed them himself.

Its surreal humour made it an alternative comedy favourite (being particularly popular among students in the early 1990s) and rocketed the duo to stardom.
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Contains examples of:
* AbsurdityAscendant
* ArchEnemy (Graham Lister)
* AscendedFanboy Legend has it that Bob joined the show having sat heckling at one of the live performances, whereupon he was invited to [[LetsSeeYouDoBetter do better himself]]. Bluff called, AndTheRestIsHistory
* ButtMonkey: The Man With the Stick.
* CatchPhrase:
** Vic: "That was ''my'' idea!" ; "You wouldn't let it lie, would you?!"
** The Stotts: "Marzipan's private, Davy!"
** The Ramblers: "But it's not all rambling, is it?"
** Wavy Davy: "Hiya!!!!!"; "Seeya!!!!!"
** Bob: "[[DeathByFallingOver Oh Vic, I've fallen]]" (sometimes followed with) "I can smell the chafing!"
** The Living Carpets: "You lyin' get!"; "I heard that rumour" "I know, I started it!"
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}} (practically everyone)
* ContinuityNod: In one episode both of the Living Carpets claim to be Les's father. It is pointed out that an earlier episode's Les Facts had stated that Les's father was Parker out of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}''. So they both promptly claim to be Parker as well.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment ''(and ProductPlacement)'' ("The new Reeves and Mortimer ''(name of product)'', by Reeves and Mortimer!")
* DownerEnding: parodied by the final episode. [[spoiler:Vic's closing song is interrupted by Lister, and they fight with everything that comes to hand including a beer bottle from the Man with the Stick's stick. Lister is left unconscious or dead. The Man with the Stick, now despondent and alcoholic over Vic's mistreatment of his children, fires a gun randomly, hitting Vic and possibly Les as well, before slumping in despair and putting the gun to his own head as the curtain falls. Vic's hand waves goodbye weakly from beneath the curtain.]]
* EverythingIsBetterWithExplosions (The Stotts insist on starting their act with "a nice explosion", consisting of igniting a saucer of oil, which later became a RunningGag when they reappeared on ''Bang Bang It's Reeves and Mortimer'')
* HeyItsThatGuy (modern viewers may start at the first television appearances of the stars of ''TheFastShow'' such as Simon Day, in minor guest roles)
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: In the second series Vic would periodically go on a live video feed "to our Swiss counterparts, the Ponderers", who were blond shirtless versions of Vic and Bob with giant strap-on chins to aid their pondering.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly (Vic delivers a tribute to the then-fading phenomenon of punk rock in an incongruously 1920s-music-hall style)
* OnceAnEpisode (The Man with the Stick, Les Facts and other regular features)
* PhraseCatcher ("And what do we cry when we see a man with a stick?" "WHAT'S ON THE END OF THE STICK, VIC?")
* ProductPlacement (All the Reeves and Mortimer products)
* RunningGag (Les cannot help smiling every time he sees a spirit level, but is mortally afraid of chives - among others)
* {{Satan}} ([[spoiler:Wavy Davy]])
* TalkingToHimself: Used a few times. In one episode Vic decides to listen in on backstage and hears all the characters insulting him, including the characters he himself plays. In another episode, Vic calls back all three contestants on Novelty Island, even though two of them (Graham Lister and Wavy Davy) are played by Bob Mortimer. This was achieved by Wavy Davy being played by an extra with [[LampshadeHanging a giant black and white cardboard cutout photograph of Wavy Davy's face]] as a mask.
* TheIgor (Les)
* TheVoiceless (Les)
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18th Oct '13 9:27:41 PM nombretomado
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* ContinuityNod: In one episode both of the Living Carpets claim to be Les's father. It is pointed out that an earlier episode's Les Facts had stated that Les's father was Parker out of ''{{Thunderbirds}}''. So they both promptly claim to be Parker as well.

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* ContinuityNod: In one episode both of the Living Carpets claim to be Les's father. It is pointed out that an earlier episode's Les Facts had stated that Les's father was Parker out of ''{{Thunderbirds}}''.''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}''. So they both promptly claim to be Parker as well.



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13th May '13 3:38:29 PM Thande
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** Wavy Davy: "Hiya!!!!!"

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** Wavy Davy: "Hiya!!!!!""Hiya!!!!!"; "Seeya!!!!!"


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** The Living Carpets: "You lyin' get!"; "I heard that rumour" "I know, I started it!"


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* ContinuityNod: In one episode both of the Living Carpets claim to be Les's father. It is pointed out that an earlier episode's Les Facts had stated that Les's father was Parker out of ''{{Thunderbirds}}''. So they both promptly claim to be Parker as well.
9th Sep '11 11:01:18 AM Thande
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* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: In the second series Vic would periodically go on a live video feed "to our Swiss counterparts, the Ponderers", who were blond shirtless versions of Vic and Bob with giant strap-on chins to aid their pondering.
9th Sep '11 10:59:15 AM Thande
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* TalkingToHimself: Used a few times. In one episode Vic decides to listen in on backstage and hears all the characters insulting him, including the characters he himself plays. In another episode, Vic calls back all three contestants on Novelty Island, even though two of them (Graham Lister and Wavy Davy) are played by Bob Mortimer. This was achieved by Wavy Davy being played by an extra with [[LampshadeHanging a giant black and white cardboard cutout photograph of Wavy Davy's face]] as a mask.
9th Sep '11 10:56:59 AM Thande
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* MemeticBadass (well, not badass as such, but unusual facts are read out about Les in a manner similar to the more recent Stig Facts on ''TopGear'')
15th May '11 9:36:31 AM DaveyDoodlebug
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* ButtMonkey: The Man With the Stick.
20th Feb '11 9:17:23 PM Thande
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* AscendedFanboy Legend has it that Bob joined the show having sat heckling at one of the live performances, whereupon he was invited to do better himself. Bluff called, AndTheRestIsHistory

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* AscendedFanboy Legend has it that Bob joined the show having sat heckling at one of the live performances, whereupon he was invited to [[LetsSeeYouDoBetter do better himself.himself]]. Bluff called, AndTheRestIsHistory
4th Aug '10 11:46:30 AM LeeM
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* DownerEnding: parodied by the final episode. [[spoiler:Vic's closing song is interrupted by Lister, and they fight with everything that comes to hand including a beer bottle from the Man with the Stick's stick. Lister is left unconscious or dead. The Man with the Stick, now despondent and alcoholic over Vic's mistreatment of his children, fires a gun randomly, hitting Vic and possibly Les as well, before slumping in despair and putting the gun to his own head as the curtain falls. Vic's hand waves goodbye weakly from beneath the curtain.]]
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