Ref NoBSUCA/JP/1/1/10/1
CollectionJohn Pidgeon Collection
TitleReeves and Mortimer interviewed by John Pidgeon
Name of creatorPidgeon, John, 1947-2016
Date08/08/1995
Duration1 hr. 8 min. 40 sec.
Extent1 sound cassette (DAT 124)
1 audio file Broadcast WAVE Format
DescriptionVic Reeves and Bob Mortimer interviewed by John Pidgeon The Sound Company, London, for 'Laughing Matters'.
[Interview summary]
[0.01] Recording starts and John explains the set-up of the show. [2.23] "Before my time" comedy. [3.39] Around the Horn. [4.50] Morecombe and Wise. [7.47] The Two Ronnies. [12.14] Arthur Askey and Will Haze [13.50] Marx Brothers, Three stooges and other physical comedians. [17.18] Cruelty in American Comedy [18.39] Failure of American Fawlty Towers [19.38] Bob Hope. [21.57] Realising that you were funny. [24.15] Monty Python [31.15] Blanket dislike in Modern American Sitcom and stand-up. [34.14] Seinfeld [34.38] Other American Comedy [38.34] Dad's Army. [40.35] Post-Python's Comedy. [41.36] Spinal Tap. [44.10] Father Ted. [44.54] Bottom [47.52] Fry and Laurie. [50.01] Harry Enfield. [53.48] Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. [55.35] Les Dawson [57.16] Frank Skinner[ 59.15] Bob wetting himself on set. [1.01.01] Interview stops and they record interval pieces. [1.04.04] Conversation continues. [1.08.34] Recording stops.
[Analysis by Matthew Hoss]
- The pacing of Morecombe and Wise is very slow and Reeves and Mortimer discuss how they would not be that welcomed in modern television.
- Eric Morecombe was renowned for not being switched off as a comedian and would always play around in his character when out in public.
- Bob Mortimer "Cruelty is enticing"
- American Comedy focuses too much on moral messages and loving one another- which fails in the American adaptation of Fawlty Towers. The genius of it was changed and they lost in the soul.
- Vic Reeves: "There was never of point of me being funny - I used to show off in front of my friends and I just continued to do that" *Paraphrased.
- Comedy is essentially just showing off.
- "Tamed by overused… it makes it look Cheap" Vic Reeves: Monty Python sketches had been copied by many others and using their techniques in which lost the joy of theirs.
- "You have to like someone before you laugh your head off at them and requires more than just funny lines" Bob Mortimer
- "Characters come first" in sitcom comedy.
- A good rule is that if you have physical comedy it entertains the kids and makes the bit "enduring".
- The perfect amount of time is 40-45 minutes on stage - the act wears thin, according to Mortimer.
- Corpsing is funny - "you have joined their world" Vic Reeves.
NotesLPCM wave 16 bit 44.1kHz. Digital Audio Tape (DAT) captured using a PC running Windows; SPDIF connection via RME PCI card. Digitisation engineer Adrian Finn, Greatbear analogue & digital media ltd. Digital file was topped and tailed.
CategoryAudio recordings
Access conditionsThis recording is available for consultation at the University of Kent's Special Collections & Archives reading room, Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NU for study/research purposes only. Access to audio-visual recordings is through digital listening copies. The University of Kent acknowledges the intellectual property rights of those named as contributors in this recording and the rights of those not identified.
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