Tech Lives: Vic Reeves
In a new, regular series, T3 interviews the stars about their lives, their tech and whatever it is they happen to be plugging and are hence available for interview
We wanted to start with a true tech expert, so we naturally picked Vic Reeves. Aside from being hilarious, and contributing more than most to British comedy in the last couple of decades, Vic was also the host of Sky 1's scientific entertainment show 'Brainiac'.
More recently, Vic has designed a limited edition F1-inspired Sky+ HD box to celebrate the season of Formula 1 coverage on the Sky Sports F1 HD channel, and very nice it is too. You can check out and buy more of these limited edition Sky+ HD boxes at: https://designerbox.sky.com
T3: What are you plugging and why?
VIC: I did a Formula 1 car on a Sky Box.
T3: And how did that come about?
VIC: Because I paint a lot. I paint all the time. I suppose they asked me because I paint. I don’t know.
T3: Are you a car person?
VIC: I’ve got two cars: a Land Rover and a Porsche.
T3: Are you a fan of Formula 1?
VIC: Not really, I used to watch it. But I don’t really have the time to be honest at the moment. I like to see it when I can. I mean it’s on a Saturday and I’ve got kids to contend with. I don’t get time to sit down and watch television on a Saturday.
T3: Do you still work for Sky? You used to do the Brainiacs show…
VIC: I was up at Sky last week actually, because I might do a new series. I just had a meeting with them. Nothing’s confirmed yet. I might be working there again yeah.
T3: The tech you invented on The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer – Quack Quack the Homebrew Duck, for instance – was quite fantastical. Do you find yourself disappointed by real-life gadgets?
VIC: I’m not much of a techie… I mean when we were doing Brainiac I was just reading from scripts and I didn’t have a clue what I was talking about most of the time. There was a lot of quotes that I would invariably get the pronunciation wrong. In terms of gadgets I like things like apple corers and egg timers. I think kitchen gadgets are about the limits of technology for me. Although my Sky+ box, I’m brilliant at “Sky-plussing” things. I’ve got about 90% on there at the moment.
T3: You feel comfortable painting it because you’re familiar with the gadget?
VIC: Well no, it was just a painting, but I am very familiar with the Sky+ box and the Sky+ hand machine.
T3: The remote control?
VIC: Oh yeah, it’s a remote control! Not a hand machine!
T3: A PalmPilot was another kind of hand machine.
VIC: A what?
T3: A PalmPilot, are you familiar with those?
VIC: I’ve never heard of a PalmPilot. What does he do?
T3: There’s quite a funny clip online of Brian Blessed being bemused by a PalmPilot and booming “It sounds like some sort of wanking machine!”
VIC: Well I have to admit, that was my original thought, but I have no idea what a PalmPilot is.
T3: You are on Twitter, we noticed.
VIC: You’re kind of forced to do it now, because if you’ve got a programme they tend not to bother trailing it or advertising, so you’re kind of forced into Twitter. I don’t really correspond with people on it, I just send out little messages into wherever they go. If I have a thought, I just do it, I press tweet and write it in and just send it. There it goes. I’m never really bothered about looking for a response.
T3: Have you ever bullied anyone on Twitter, or been bullied by Twitter bullies?
VIC: Well I never read. All I do is write things and send it off. I never really look at anything to be honest. I don’t know if I’ve been bullied because I’ve never looked at what people have said.
T3: And you’ve never bullied anyone else by Twitter? We need to be sure about this.
VIC: If you’ve seen what I send on Twitter, that’s it. I don’t bother writing about anyone really. People do bully on there don’t they though?
T3: There was somebody called Charles who you claimed to have hidden drugs under his seat? We weren’t sure if that was Twitter bullying as such or if we just misunderstood it.
VIC: I don’t think you could call that bullying.