Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer have been quite earnestly described as the comedic equivalent of the European avant-garde Dadaist art movement of the early 20th century. (In fact Reeves, an art school graduate, presented BBC4’s recent ‘Gaga for Dada’ programme).
In short this means people either ‘get them’ or they don’t. I do, but I’m the only person I know that does. Hence no-one else that I know has watched more than a smidgen of any episode of their TV series ‘House of Fools‘; a programme that I found to be laugh-out-loud funny.
All of which means that no-one reading this is likely to understand why I laughed at Vic Reeves’ quote when he recently discussed a cruise ship advert that he had just seen:
‘The fjords – we aren’t the best cruise ship, but we go from Dover.’ I thought: well that’s not far. And I’m very fond of pickled fish.
… just don’t call it surreal
Postscript: I’ve just realised that one of my favourite jokes is (i) Dadaist not Surrealist and (ii) consequently, it no longer makes sense:
“… and now the football results, Real Madrid 3, Surreal Madrid Fish“