Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer recall being threatened at gunpoint on US road trip

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·2-min read
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 21: Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer pose in their office for a portrait on July 21, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer were held at gunpoint while biking around LA. (Getty Images)

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer have revealed they were once threatened at gunpoint while on a road trip around the US.

The comedy duo hired motorcycles to tour California in 1992, but the trip was one disaster after another.

Reeves, 62, real name Jim Moir, revealed on his new podcast with Jools Holland, Jools And Jim’s Joyride: “We went on a doomed motorcycle trip in California in ‘92. We got there, hired a couple of motorbikes.

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"I had been reading a book about the Bloods and the Cribs and the gangs in Los Angeles, and we made a mistake.

LONDON - JUNE 5: Jools Holland poses with The MOJO Medal Award with Vic Reeves at The MOJO Honours List awards, recognising career-long contributions to popular music, at Shoreditch Town Hall on June 5, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
Vic Reeves (right), real name Jim Moir, has a new podcast with Jools Holland. (Getty Images)

"We did a wrong turn and ended up in the middle of Compton and a big van turned up next to us at the lights, and a fellow pointed a gun at us through the window and said, 'Get out of here'.

"We said: 'We are just waiting for the lights to change and we are off.'"

The comedian said to comedy partner Mortimer, 61, who is a guest on the first episode of Jools And Jim’s Joyride: "You were very casual about the whole thing. I had read this book and I was terrified...

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"We didn't actually go anywhere because it started raining. It was the floods of ‘92. We stayed in a house in Laurel Canyon for three weeks with our motorcycles outside."

EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29:  Bob Mortimer (R) and Vic Reeves performing their new live stage show "25 Years of Reeves & Mortimer - The Poignant Moments," the UK tour continues until 16 February, at Congress Theatre on January 29, 2016 in Eastbourne, England.  (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer have revealed they once had a disastrous road trip in the US. (Getty Images)

Mortimer added: "We were going to cross west to east coast on motorcycles but when we returned them to the hire place I think we had done 19 miles on them."

Musician Holland and Reeves will discuss travel anecdotes in their new podcast with a host of special guests, including Absolutely Fabulous star Jane Horrocks, singer Jessie Ware, actor Sally Phillips and Formula One racing driver Damon Hill.

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