Sunday, January 17, 2016

Reeves and Mortimer in New Cross/Deptford

The New Cross/Deptford early career of Vic Reeves (Jim Moir) and Bob Mortimer, is mentioned in today's profile of the pair in the Observer, ahead of the comedy duo's 25th anniversary tour:

'When Mortimer saw Moir perform at the Goldsmith Tavern [now the New Cross House] in south London he was amused and intrigued. A friendship began and they started performing together at the pub. Audiences for their bizarre variety turns grew, so they moved into Deptford’s barn-like Albany Empire and were then spotted by television producers and researchers, including Jonathan Ross. With cardboard props and a succession of surreal antics, including the now legendary guest star called Man With the Stick, the two performers aped the banal conventions of a variety show to howls of approval from the crowd'

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