Comedian Bob Mortimer has triple heart bypass operation

Bob Mortimer is one half of comedy duo Vic and Bob with Vic Reeves

Bob Mortimer has cancelled the first leg of a UK tour with comedy partner Vic Reeves after undergoing a triple heart bypass operation. Mortimer was due to take to the stage alongside Reeves in Glasgow next month as part of a 25th anniversary show.

Neil Reading, spokesman for Mortimer, 56, said he needed "several weeks" to recover from the operation. Reeves said: "I'm so pleased the operation has gone well and Bob is fixed. Many thanks to the surgeon."


The duo were due to perform in Glasgow in a fortnight for 25 Years Of Reeves And Mortimer: The Poignant Moments.

Cancelled shows

November: Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, Blackpool, Birmingham, Cardiff, Sheffield, Bristol, Portsmouth, Plymouth

December: Sheffield, Ipswich, Nottingham, Brighton

Mr Reading said: "Bob would like to thank his consultant and all the nursing staff at the hospital for looking after him so well. "He now needs several weeks to fully recover, so unfortunately the first leg of the UK tour will be cancelled.

"Bob very much hopes to be fit and well enough to perform the second leg in January next year." All ticket holders for performances from 8 November to 4 December are advised to contact their point of purchase for a refund.

It is hoped the January and February 2016 shows will go ahead as planned.