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Vic Reeves' Big Night Out

Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by purves grundy, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen Sproutarian.

  2. HarrisonSlade

    HarrisonSlade say NO to the vaccine

    Whatever your views on Vic Reeves, it still stands today that "Big Night Out" was the most important comedy show since Python, and nothing has yet surpassed it as being anywhere near as influential in the UK since it was aired.

    Unsubstantially extreme I know, but I have really thought about comedy since 1974, and there has never been anything that has revolutionised the way we think about comedy more than the Big Night Out.

    Anarchy in comedy always had to come with blatant satire, childrens ITV style gags or jokes no one would find alien in Working Men's Clubs. "Big Night Out" gave us, for the first time, pure bullshit without any purpose in a Friday Night comedy show, and it was the best thing ever. The cast made up the spine of the Fast Show, and heavily influenced a wide variety of shows looking for substance.

    From the Big Night Out came Absolutely (Naked Video but actually funny), Paul Merton - The Series and The Mary Whitehouse Experience.

    It also gave the 90s a new fashion, allowing a revival of Easy Listening, and the wearing of suits and Velvet, of which the Madchester lot had deemed unfashionable before.

    "Big Night Out" remains the most important work TV has aired for decades, and has remained, even though not my favourite show, the reason why I wanted to watch and get into entertainment. ANd for that I thank Vic and Bob.
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  3. Urbane Worrier

    Urbane Worrier a scuttler scuttling

    The first time I saw the show I thought it was fucking ACE.
    The next week was the same as the first
    and again
    and again
    and again.
  4. Brother Mouzone

    Brother Mouzone ‚í∂narcho-Cynicism

  5. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    An eleven-year revive to notify everyone that they've got a new one-off special of this tonight, retitled to include Bob's name.
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  6. xenon

    xenon Carne Por la Machina

    Meh. Wacky is over.
  7. mwgdrwg

    mwgdrwg A powerhouse of a human and cannot be silenced

    Eleven years?

    You wouldn't let it lie.
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  8. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge This is definitely the darkest timeline

    Idris Elba: he got his kestrels wet.
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  9. binka

    binka !!!!!!!!!

    I love Reeves and Mortimer. Unfortunately that was terrible.
  10. mwgdrwg

    mwgdrwg A powerhouse of a human and cannot be silenced

    Yeah, it was bad, such a shame.
  11. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    I liked it. It may not have been as good as their best stuff; it still seems to come from a totally different direction to pretty much any other TV comedy.
  12. binka

    binka !!!!!!!!!

    With the benefit of 24 hours I still think it was very disappointing.

    To be fair I don't think the audience helped much - they were pretty lacklustre and weren't really getting into it. Need more booze so it sounds like a big night out not a recording of QI. When I saw them in Stoke everyone in the audience was shit faced and loving it.
  13. mwgdrwg

    mwgdrwg A powerhouse of a human and cannot be silenced

    Yeah, but they did it better in 1990.
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  14. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    It'd be nice if the Beeb or C4 gave them licence to do something new. The return of Shooting Stars was cancelled far too early, as was House of Fools, which I really liked.

    Both actions gave me a face like a neglected radish.
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  15. May Kasahara

    May Kasahara channelling Lynda Day

    I watched the new one with my kids and they both fucking loved it, so that's a thumbs up from me. In fact, they asked to watch it again this morning.
  16. Siouxsie

    Siouxsie Fashionable objector with a uniform fetish

    They'll always be workshy fops to me*

    * brought to you by Dosser. A Reeves and Mortimer product!
  17. Rosemary Jest

    Rosemary Jest Wrong and Unstable

    I loved House of Fools, always got time for a bit of Vic and Bob.

    Athletico Mince, the podcast with Bob Mortimer is very funny, worth a listen just for the stories about Steve McLaren. :thumbs:
  18. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    House of Fools, to a certain extent, did successfully what Mrs Brown's Boys tries to do; on a single set with one vaguely normal character (Bob) trying to manage the assorted walk-ons. It was more surreal undoubtedly than MBB.

    And, before anyone leaps in, much funnier.
  19. Siouxsie

    Siouxsie Fashionable objector with a uniform fetish

    I love the way Bob Mortimer thinks. He was excellent on Taskmaster :D
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  20. Ralph Llama

    Ralph Llama Fuck the system.

    Pure class IMO. Almost as pleasantly surprising as the Twin Peaks revival.
  21. ed marimba

    ed marimba Well-Known Member

    It was a lovely series at the time . Still good now but some sadness that they didn't fulfil all the potential they seemed to have. In hindsight the amount of repetition in Big Night Out and lack of development between series 1 & 2 were signals of decline to come. Then again, most comics never make anything nearly as funny as this series, that's maybe a better perspective to take on it.

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