Bob Mortimer Biography
Bob Mortimer, born Robert Renwick Mortimer, is a comedian, actor and podcast presenter from England.
He is locally known as the Cockroach King and or Sally Turnips. He is one part of the British comedy double act, Vic and Bob. He tried out for his local professional team, Middlesbrough. He wasn’t able to join the team due to arthritis. He is an avid Middlesbrough fan. He was a lawyer by profession before he quit to pursue a career in comedy.
Bob Mortimer Age
He was born on the 23rd of May in 1959. He was 59 years old as of 2018.
Bob Mortimer Family
He was born in Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire in England. His father was a biscuit salesman. He passed on in a car crash when Mortimer was a young boy. His mother, Eunice, raised him and his three brothers in Linthorpe which is near Middlesbrough. He accidentally burnt down his home with a stray firework at the age of 7. He married his partner of 22 years in October of 2015. She is Lisa Matthews. The couple has two children, Harry and Tom. Harry was born in March of 1997. Tom was born in August of 1998.
Bob Mortimer Career|Vic and Bob
His first run-in with Vic Reeves was in 1986 when he went to the Goldsmith’s Tavern to see Vic’s comedy show. He was impressed by the show and he approached Vic. The two started writing material for the next show together. They went on to become good friends. They formed a band known as Potter’s Wheel.
When Bob began to perform on the show, it was renamed Vic Reeves Big Night Out. The two created new characters like Graham Lister, Judge Nutmeg, the Singing Lawyer and the Man With the Stick.
The show was a success in South London and subsequently outgrew Goldsmith’s Tavern. They moved the show to Albany Empire in Deptford in 1988. He became an important part of the act. The show provided him with a weekly break from his work as a solicitor.
His TV debut came in 1989 with the short-lived comedy chat show, One Hour with Jonathan Ross. They appeared with Vic in the comedy’s game show segment called knock down ginger.
Their TV pilot came later that year. Late 1989 Vic Reeves Big Night Out was released. The show remained true to its roots, being more or less the same as the acts they performed in nightclubs. Bob took ten weeks off from work to film the series. He never returned.
In 1992, the duo created a one-off pilot for a sitcom called The Weekenders. In 1993 they created and released the BBC TV sketch show, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer. The same year in December they created the British TV comedy panel game broadcast on BBC 2, Shooting Stars. The show went on for five seasons from 1995 to 2002. They released a special anniversary edition broadcast in December of 2008. The sixth season was broadcast in late 2009. The seventh was released in mid-2010. The eighth was released in 2011.
The duo appeared in a second sketch show in 1999. The show was known as Bang Bang, It’s Reeves and Mortimer.
In 2003, the duo was listed in the Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. The two were voted the 9th greatest comedy act of all time in a 2005 poll to find the Comedian’s Comedian. Voting was done by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.
On the 17th of November in 2007, the duo appeared in the weekly BBC Radio 2 comedy sketch Vic Reeves’ House Arrest. Bob played the role of Carl, Vic’s hairdresser.
On the 22nd of February in 2008, Vic announced that the duo was working on a new sitcom. The sitcom was about superheroes who got their powers from a malfunctioning telegraph pole.
November of 2013 saw the duo film episodes of a new BBC sitcom called House of Fools. The sitcom featured notable actors like Matt Berry who played the role of Beef, Dan Skinner who played the role of Bosh, and Morgana Robinson who played the role of Julie.
October of 2015 saw the duo cancel the first leg of their live tour, 25 Years of Reeves and Mortimer: The Poignant Moments.This was after Bob’s emergency triple heart bypass surgery.
On the 29th of December in 2017, the duo starred in a relaunch and new singular episode of their comedy entitled Big Night Out. The show was remade and renamed Vic and Bob’s Big Night Out.This was the first time Bob’s name appeared in the show’s title. In November of 2018, a full series of Vic and Bob’s Big Night Out began on BBC Four.
Bob Mortimer Books
He has written a number of books.
The World of Football According to Athletico Mince which was published in 2007.
The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer which was published in 1993.
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