Comedy surrealist and one half of Vic and Bob. If not doing comedy or acting, he’s probably painting.
Before finding fame with his comedy, James Roderick Moir was a member of several bands with many different names and musical styles, in which he usually played bass guitar and/or sang. He sold tapes of his early material in the back pages of NME magazine under the name “International Cod”. Mark Lamarr, later to become team captain of Shooting Stars, was sent an early tape of Moir’s band “Fantantiddlyspan”, whose song “Fantasia” was played on Never Mind the Buzzcocks by Lamarr in 1998.
Vic and Bob
James is best known for his stage name, Vic Reeves, and his double act with Bob Mortimer.
Reeves and Mortimer’s unique comedy combines surreal, often inexplicable, visually and verbally inventive material which often verges on the bizarre with traditional comedy double act staples such as violent, cartoonish slapstick witty, often improvised, silly banter and purposefully corny, rapid-fire jokes.
In 2003, Reeves and Mortimer were listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. In a 2005 poll to find the Comedians’ Comedian, Reeves and Mortimer were voted the 9th greatest comedy act ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.
In 1993 a pilot episode of Shooting Stars was screened on BBC Two as part of the At Home with Vic and Bob evening of programming. It began running as a regular series in 1995. Maintaining their bizarre and irreverent style, the pair played host to two teams of celebrity guests (captained each week by Mark Lamarr and Ulrika Jonsson, and later Will Self, and further Jack Dee) answering what can be loosely described as general knowledge questions.
In 1983, Moir began a part-time course at a local art college, developed his love of painting and eventually persuaded a local art gallery to stage an exhibition of his unique work. Although still primarily known as a comedian, Moir is gaining a reputation as an artist. His drawings and paintings have been used in his television shows and form a major part of his 1999 book, Sun Boiled Onions.
TV Advertising & Product Endorsements
James Roderick Moir has appeared in television advertisements for a number of products, both with Mortimer and alone.
He has done solo advertising work for a variety of products including MFI, Müller Light, First Direct, Churchill Insurance, Cadbury’s Boost, Mars Bar, Fanta, Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Domestos bleach, Maryland Cookies and he cross-dressed for a 2008 advertisement for 888 Holdings’ Bingo website 888 Ladies.
In 2011, he was featured in an East Coast Trains television advertisement, promoting the first class service. During the advert, he is seen using his love of art by sketching and painting the surrounding passengers and on-board train attendant. James also featured in a 2012 radio advert for the company.