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Britain’s top light entertainer and singer
Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer and the cultification of light entertainment
in Cult British TV comedy
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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.

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