Vic Reeves Big Night Out
was a cult British comedy stage
show and later TV
series which ran on Channel 4
for two series in 1990 and 1991, as well as a New Year special. It marked the beginnings of the collaboration between Vic Reeves
(real name Jim Moir) and Bob Mortimer
and started their Vic and Bob
comedy double act
The show was later acknowledged as a seminal force in British comedy
throughout the 1990s and which continues to the present day.
Arguably the most surreal
of the pair's work, Vic Reeves Big Night Out
was effectively a parody of the variety shows
which dominated the early years of television, but which were, by the early 1990s, falling from grace. Vic, introduced as "Britain's Top Light Entertainer and Singer", would sit behind a cluttered desk talking nonsense and introducing the various segments and surreal guests on the show. Vic Reeves Big Night Out
is notable as the only time in their career where Vic solely took the role of host, whilst Bob was consigned to the back stage, appearing every few minutes as either himself or as a strange character. However, the two did receive equal billing in the series credits
On 3 October 2007, the first episode was re-broadcast on More4
as part of Channel 4 at 25
, a season of classic Channel 4 programmes shown to celebrate the channel's 25th birthday.
On 25 October 2009, repeats of Big Night Out
began running on TV channel G.O.L.D.
In the mid-1980s, a friend of Jim Moir's gave him the job of running a......