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Somebody I'd Like to Know...,
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This review is from: David Mitchell: Back Story (Hardcover)
I've admired David Mitchell's TV work for a long time - much preferring his panel shows, with their lightning fast wit and theatre-sports improvisation to the scripted stuff like Peepshow or the sketch shows. "Would I Lie To You?" is, I think, one of the most delightful shows to screen on British TV in a long long time, just because of the its unpredictability. In fact, the only thing Mitchell's ever done that I wasn't impressed with was the big red Mitchell and Webb book, which I think tried just too hard.
So I was hoping that this would contain more of the naturally warm and funny Mitchell that I love on TV, and less of the over-written comedian - and I'm really delighted to say that I think it does. Mitchell shines through every page as an intelligent, caring, warm person with a really sly sense of fun coupled with a very real humility. His chapter on meeting and falling for Victoria Coren is genuinely touching (pity the other reviewers here who have sneered at this chapter) and overall he's re-confirmed himself as someone I'd really be pleased to call a friend. Sometimes, less really is more, and to have overdone this memoir would have been a shame.
God, but he was a dorky-looking teenager though....!
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Initial post: 8 Feb 2013 19:32:25 GMT
I'm in the middle of reading it, and I'm curious if anyone has an idea what panel show guest he's alluding to here
"Not mentioning any names, but just think of the most annoying person who keeps popping up endlessly on panel shows. ...The most awful witless tw*t whose continued employment you cannot understand. (I wonder if we're thinking of the same person?)"
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2013 14:13:56 GMT
MY guess would be Jimmy Carr.
Posted on 2 Jun 2013 16:04:33 BDT
you prefer Would I Lie to You to Peep Show?
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jul 2013 02:01:29 BDT
I reckon Jack Whitehall myself...
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