Bob Mortimer has revealed he secretly married just half an hour before undergoing heart surgery.
The 56-year-old comic – who discovered he needed to go under the knife last October – arranged to wed long-term partner Lisa Matthews on the day of his operation after being warned he was ‘incredibly ill’.
Speaking at a press conference to promote his new tour with long-time comedy partner Vic Reeves, the comic star recalled: ‘I found out I needed heart surgery on the Thursday, so I made a will on the Friday.
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He didn’t wait long: Bob Mortimer has revealed that he married his long-term partner Lisa Matthews just half an hour before going to hospital for heart surgery in October (pictured in November)
‘Found out I couldn’t get married to Lisa because you have to give 21 days notice.
‘But my consultant said I was incredibly ill, so the registrar in London – I don’t live in London – gave me permission to get married on the Monday.
‘I got married at half 9 on the Monday then went into hospital for the operation at 10.’
The ceremony was very intimate, with just Bob, Lisa and their two sons – Harry, 18, and Tom, 17 – in attendance.
‘They knew I was incredibly ill’: Bob, 56, was allowed to tie the knot with Lisa – the mother of his two sons – because of his life-threatening situation
Asked if his comedy partner Vic was his best man, he said: ‘No, there was just me, the wife and our two kids in the registry office, that’s it.’
And, although he and Vic are preparing to embark on their ’25 Years of Reeves & Mortimer: The Poignant Moments’ tour, Bob – who had been with Lisa for 22 years before they tied the knot – is also looking forward to celebrating his marriage.
Speaking at a press conference for the tour at London’s Soho Hotel, he said: ‘I haven’t had my honeymoon yet, I might go to Barbados.’
Bob was first seen after the live-changing surgery in mid-November – a few weeks after going under the knife – shopping with his new bride Lisa, although at the time it wasn’t known they had tied the knot.
Still time to go abroad: Speaking at a press conference for the tour at London’s Soho Hotel, he said: ‘I haven’t had my honeymoon yet, I might go to Barbados’
The father-of-two had been forced to cancel the first leg of his comedy tour with Vic to give him time to recuperate.
Bob and Vic were due to start their 25 Years Of Reeves And Mortimer: The Poignant Moments tour in Glasgow on 10 November.
A spokesman for Mortimer said, at the time: ‘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.’
Long-time favourite: Vic and Bob became household names in the early 90s, thanks to their sketch show The Smell Of Reeves And Mortimer and panel show Shooting Stars (pictured)
Before becoming a comedian, Yorkshire-born Bob studied law at the universities of Sussex and Leicester and went on to become a solicitor at London’s Southwark Council.
In 1986, he saw Vic performing stand-up at the Goldsmith’s Tavern in New Cross, South East London and approached him after the show to start writing material.
The began performing together and became a hit on the local entertainment circuit before making their TV debut on Jonathan Ross’s chat show in 1989.
Their sketch show The Smell Of Reeves And Mortimer was a big hit in 1993, with panel show Shooting Stars following the same year.
25 Years of Reeves & Mortimer: The Poignant Moments tour kicks off in Leeds on January 30.
They’re back! Vic and Bob will kick off their 25 Years of Reeves & Mortimer: The Poignant Moments tour in Leeds on January 30