North-East comedian Bob Mortimer has had to cancel the first leg of the Vic and Bob 25th anniversary tour after having a triple bypass heart operation.
The star, who makes up the madcap comedy duo with Vic Reeves, has had to cancel the upcoming tour, which was due to start in Glasgow on November 10.
They were due to bring their show 25 Years Of Reeves And Mortimer: The Poignant Moments to Newcastle City Hall on November 12 and 13.
Today, Neil Reading, spokesman for Mortimer, 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."
Mortimer's comedy partner Reeves - real name Jim Moir - said: "I'm so pleased the operation has gone well and Bob is fixed. Many thanks to the surgeon."
All ticket holders for performances from November 8 to December 4 are advised to contact their point of purchase for a full refund.
It is hoped the January and February 2016 shows will go ahead as planned.
The House Of Fools stars were planning to mark 25 years of performing together with the live show, which they promised would feature ''some uplifting moments ... musical moments, maybe some magic ... (and) dancing styles''.
Elements from TV shows such as Vic Reeves Big Night Out and Shooting Stars were expected to feature, with characters like Man With The Stick, The Stotts, Mulligan and O'Hare.
When the tour was announced earlier this year, Mortimer said: ''Playing in front of a living audience is where it all began for us."