Bob Mortimer’s savage joke at Queen’s expense: ‘Let’s not be premature!’

Bob Mortimer’s savage joke at Queen’s expense: ‘Let’s not be premature!’

August 13, 2021

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Mr Mortimer’s guest appearance on season 14 of the much-loved BBC comedy panel show Would I Lie to You airs tonight at 8:25 on BBC One. The show, hosted by Rob Brydon, sees a celebrity guest reveal an extraordinary story about themselves that the rest of the panel must guess whether it is fact or fiction. Mr Mortimer is joined by team captains Lee Mack and David Mitchell, and a stellar line up of other celebrities and comedians oncluding Samantha Morton, Miles Jupp and Sarah Hadland.

The comic, famous for being one half of the Vic and Bob double act with Vic Reeves, asks his fellow comics to guess whether the outlandish claim that he “once helped Damon Hill to Grand Prix success by presenting him with a pre-race snack” is true or false.

It is later revealed on the show that the snack in question is a scotch egg.

Of course, the 62-comedy legend has however caused controversy in the past.

He even accidently burnt down his family home aged seven with a  stray firework, as revealed on a previous season of Would I Lie To You.

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But when Mr Mortimer and comedy partner Mr Reeves appeared on Lorraine in September 2015, the pair dropped a royal clanger.

Mr Reeves claimed he had no idea that the rest of the county were celebrating, as the Queen prepared to overtake her great great-grandmother Queen Victoria’s record reign of 63 years 216 days at 5:30 that evening.

When Lorraine enlightened the comedians on the day’s events Mr Mortimer replied: “Well, let’s not be premature then.”

Later he had another pop at the Royal Family after hearing that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was nearby ahead of an appearance on ITV’s This Morning with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

Mr Mortimer joked: “Camilla’s in the building, there’s ash trays everywhere.”

The comedian was making reference to the Duchess of Cornwall’s alleged former smoking habit.

Indeed, royal expert and writer of ‘Not In Front Of The Corgis’, Brian Hoey, explained how her footmen were very specific instructions when it came to the homes she shared with Charles.

Mr Hoey said: “Footmen are instructed to place silver cigarette boxes containing her favourite brand [of cigarette] in every room.”

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He added that staff must “make sure that matchbox holders in solid silver containers are placed upright near at hand with one match half withdrawn so she does not have to scrabble about looking for a light.

“The moment she leaves the room – even if just for a few minutes – a footman makes sure the ashtrays are emptied, ready for her return.”

The writer also claimed that Camilla’s cigarette bill amounted to over £100 a week.

Earlier this year it was announced that Mr Mortimer will tell the story of his life in a memoir entitled ‘And Away’, expected to be released September 16.

Born in 1959, Mr Mortimer trained as a solicitor until a chance encounter in a pub in the 1980s with comedian Mr Reeves set his life on a different track.

The book will document the comedian’s childhood in Middlesbrough, his early success as part of double act Vic and Bob, with hit shows such as Shooting Stars.

He will also recount the unexpected heart surgery he underwent in 2015 and the acclaim he has found in recent years on BBC2’s Gone Fishing.

Mortimer said: “With over 60 years of tomfoolery and shenanigans under my belt, I thought it was time to write them all down and let the public make of them what they will.”

Would I Lie to You airs tonight on BBC One at 8:25. 
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