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Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer threatened at gunpoint during ‘doomed’ trip

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer have revealed they were threatened at gunpoint during a trip to California in 1992.

The comedy duo hired motorcycles for an epic road trip from the west coast to the east coast of the United States, but their plans were foiled by the disastrous weather after they had to turn back due to heavy rain.

However, they also faced a slightly terrifying moment during their ‘doomed’ trip.

‘We went on a doomed motorcycle trip in California in 92. We got there, hired a couple of [motorbikes],’ Vic – real name Jim Moir – recalled on his Joyride podcast with Jools Holland.

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

‘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”.’

Speaking to Bob, he added: ‘You were very casual about the whole thing. I had read this book and I was terrified.

‘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 parked outside.’

Bob went on to say: ‘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.’

Double act Vic and Bob first started performing together in the 1980s and have remained close friends ever since.

In 2015 and 2016, they marked their 25th anniversary as a duo with a live tour.

More recently, Vic has turned his hand to the likes of Netflix’s The Big Flower Fight, while Bob has been teaming up with Paul Whitehouse for their show Gone Fishing.

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