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Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer line up date at Newcastle City Hall

The tour will be the first time the iconic comedy duo have been on the road together in two decades

Ian West/PA Wire Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer have confirmed their first live tour in 20 years
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer have confirmed their first live tour in 20 years

It’s news which will thrill fans of Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer.

The iconic comedy pair are to head out on the road again - for the first time in 20 years - with a show at Newcastle City Hall in the diary for November 12.

The Poignant Moments Tour - announced by Bob on twitter - will celebrate all the programmes the pair have made since 1990, including Vic Reeves Big Night Out, The Smell of Reeves & Mortimer and of course popular quiz panel show, Shooting Stars.

It will also feature many of the characters they have created, including lovelorn musical duo Mulligan and O’Hare, men-children Davey and Donald Stott, and leisurely gentlemen, Tom and Derek Fun. Meanwhile fans should feel free to suggest those characters they’d like to see, using the hashtag #RMTour.

Vic and Bob - voted the ninth greatest comedy act ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders - promise their tour will include “some up-lifting moments, some musical moments, maybe some magic, several dancing styles, some show of physical strength but always some poignant moments”, as well as a host of favourite characters from their shows.

The veteran and legendary comedians, who both grew up in the North East (Bob was born in Middlesbrough while Vic -real name Jim Moir - moved to Darlington when he was five) have recently been filming the second series of their BBC2 sitcom, House Of Fools while separately Vic has starred in South Tyneside-set BBC2 sitcom, Hebburn and Inspector George Gently.

Previous live shows include Brown 1591 (1991), Puce 1694 (1994) and Weathercock 1495 (1995). The tour which starts on November 11 in Glasgow, will be a nostalgic moment in the annals of comedy history and a hotly anticipated ticket for fans.

Vic said: “Destiny has led us to this point in time. Now, finally the diversion of Reeves & Mortimer can be revealed in full extent through a cornucopia of preposterous doggerel etc."

Bob added: “Playing in front of a living audience is where it all began for us. Some people feel most alive when they are e.g. on fire or in Turkey, but for us the stage is where we thrive.

"I will ensure that Vic arrives at all dates smartly dressed and unarmed. I promise not to mention football, JLS or apricots during the performances. Should you choose to attend, be warned, I will be not be wearing a toupé.”

Tickets for the gig on November 12 will go on general sale on Friday, March 6 at 9am, from the City Hall box office on 0191 277 8030 or www.newcastlecityhall.org

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