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Cult British TV comedyFrom Reeves and Mortimer to Psychoville$
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Leon Hunt

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719083778

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719083778.001.0001

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Britain’s top light entertainer and singer: Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer and the cultification of light entertainment

Britain’s top light entertainer and singer: Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer and the cultification of light entertainment

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(p.36) 2 Britain’s top light entertainer and singer: Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer and the cultification of light entertainment
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Cult British TV comedy
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Leon Hunt

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719083778.003.0002

This chapter examines the work of Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, often seen as the starting point for post-alternative comedy, with their cultish reworking of ‘Light Entertainment’ forms, such as the variety show and the panel game show. It examines the interplay between the traditional and subcultural aspects of their comedy. The chapter focuses in particular on: their reworking of light entertainment forms, their regionalism, their status as a double-act (often described as ‘the postmodern Morecambe and Wise’), ‘surreal’ comedy, and their relationship to a British Art/Pop tradition.

Keywords:   Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer, Light Entertainment, Surreal Comedy, Comedy double acts, Regional comedy

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