Trevor and Simon

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Trevor Neal and Simon Hickson are a British comedy duo (known as 'Trevor and Simon, or Trev and Simon), and are best known for a family-friendly version of anarchic alternative comedy on BBC1's Saturday morning shows, Going Live! (1987-1993), and Live and Kicking (1993-1997)[1][2][3].

Education[edit]

Trevor and Simon met as drama students at Manchester University in 1981[4][5]. Hickson was a year older than Neal, but they came first came across each other at the drama department's Christmas show, in which Neal played a squirrel on a skateboard [6].

In a podcast[7], the pair recount how comedian Ben Elton taught Hickson Greek tragedy[8], and their Professor, David Mayer (father of Lise Mayer) introduced them to Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, who had been his students some years prior. 'The Young Ones' (written by Mayall, Lise Mayer and Ben Elton) was an early influence[1].

Career[edit]

Neal and Hickson initially performed as a trio together with Phil Dennison. They later appeared as a double act on the Manchester comedy circuit as Devilfishhornclub, performing at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in 1984 [9], and promising “non-racist, non-sexist humour”[10].

Following a suggestion by John Hegley, the duo were persuaded to relocate to London from Manchester [11]. Later they were approached by a BBC producer for 'Saturday Superstore' who "said they were looking for a double act to represent the new style of comedy, but for children” [12].

Trevor and Simon created a crowdfunded comedy drama podcast, Strangeness in Space.[13] The podcast stars Trevor, Simon, and Sophie Aldred.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Live and Kicking's Trevor and Simon: "Looking back, we're a little bit surprised at some of the things we got away with"". Radio Times. Retrieved 2018-03-12. 
  2. ^ "Simon Hickson". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-03-12. 
  3. ^ "Trevor Neal". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-03-12. 
  4. ^ "Live and Kicking's Trevor and Simon: "Looking back, we're a little bit surprised at some of the things we got away with"". Radio Times. Retrieved 2018-03-12. 
  5. ^ "About". Trev and Simon. 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2018-03-12. 
  6. ^ "How We Met: Trevor Neal and Simon Hickson". The Independent. 1993-11-14. Retrieved 2018-03-12. 
  7. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "RHLSTP 169 - Trev and Simon - Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast - British Comedy Guide". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2018-03-12. 
  8. ^ "Live and Kicking's Trevor and Simon: "Looking back, we're a little bit surprised at some of the things we got away with"". Radio Times. Retrieved 2018-03-12. 
  9. ^ "How We Met: Trevor Neal and Simon Hickson". The Independent. 1993-11-14. Retrieved 2018-03-12. 
  10. ^ Fleckney, Paul (2015-10-07). "Swing your pants: Trev and Simon are back". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-12. 
  11. ^ "Live and Kicking's Trevor and Simon: "Looking back, we're a little bit surprised at some of the things we got away with"". Radio Times. Retrieved 2018-03-12. 
  12. ^ "Live and Kicking's Trevor and Simon: "Looking back, we're a little bit surprised at some of the things we got away with"". Radio Times. Retrieved 2018-03-12. 
  13. ^ "Episode List". Strangeness in Space. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  14. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "Strangeness In Space". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2018-01-16. 

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