That Mitchell & Webb Sound: The Complete Fourth Series Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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"simply brilliant" (Gillian Reynolds Daily Telegraph)
David Mitchell and Robert Webb star in the complete fourth series of their Sony Award-winning comedy show – as heard on BBC Radio 4.See all Product Description
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This fourth radio series from Mitchell & Webb finds our heroes well and truly ensconced in the public's comic consciousness. Between Webb's film appearances, Mitchell's game panel supremo status, the radio and television versions of their sketch shows and oh, let's not forget that show they do on Channel 4 -- you know the one I mean -- they're second only to John Barrowman, perhaps, in the broadcasting ubiquity stakes. But isn't it said that familiarity breeds contempt?
Well, I'm pleased to say that Mitchell & Webb's fourth radio series is every bit as funny as the preceding three. Which is to say that five out of seven sketches hits the funny bone. But I don't mean that as a direct criticism -- it's the nature of sketch-based comedy shows to be a mixed bag, and the trick of it is simply to maintain a higher ratio of hits than misses and keep things varied and speedy: the chaps fulfil this consistently.
There are many stand-out sketches in this run, many of which have been touched on by other reviewers, with the recurring sketches in particular having a cumulative brilliance, especially when the series is listened to in one or two sittings: the Stargate sketches and the Old Ladies Job Interviews are worth mentioning here.
In fact, many of their comedy ideas are based on a simple, Blackadderish principle: take something extraordinary and place it within the mundane, or vice versa. I mention this because you will notice A LOT of this across the series.Read more ›
But at their best, they are very funny. They specialise in three formats; one, the raving obsessive who thinks himself totally sane (Bear Man, Geoff/Superman), two, the ordinary situation with one extraordinary element (Stargate in the office) and three, perhaps their most characteristic, a format in which people are forced to examine more carefully than usual what they say and do. The star in this field is the running sketch, The Old Lady Job Justification Hearings, in which people have to defend the usefulness of their fancy-sounding jobs to a panel of very down-to-earth old ladies asking awkward questions like "So what do you actually make?", "who does it help?" and "what would happen if you didn't do it?" The futures trader is a particular joy.
In the fourth show, the running Pinocchio sketch, where Geppetto is sick to death of the chirping ittle monster, is very funny and retains the courage of its convictions to the end. "She looks like you", a sketch in which the husband of an actress, clearly jealous of her career, affects to be unaware of what she does for a living, is very sharp. And though most of the game-show sketches are aimed at too easy a target, "Make Me A Celebrity Centaur" stands out, using their talent for the utterly far-fetched.
Not the equal of an Alan Bennett but good compared with most of the comedy on radio these days.
"I'm a comedian"
"That's nice dear - what's that?"
"I make funny comedy shows for the radio"
"Oh really dear - do you make people laugh?"
Laugh - it's hilarious - no other word for it! (And if you're wondering about the reference you'll have to buy the CD!) I'm a big fan of Radio 4 comedy but felt that it had been lacking for a while. I had heard a couple of these and thought they were pretty funny but listening to this selection I realised just what I was missing.
There are similarities with some of the comedy greats - indeed some of the sketches are almost Pythonesque in places (ooh that'll have the Python fans marking my review...!) however this radio show has really made a name for Mitchell and Webb as all round comedians.
The 3 CDs give around 3 hours of comedy which | think is excellent value. There are some topical sketches but these will probably age reasonably well. Mitchell and Webb are comedy gold and I think they have one of the few shows that has translated well from the Radio to the TV (That Mitchell and Webb Look). However if you enjoyed the TV series, buy this - I think this is much funnier than the TV translation. So much so I'm off to buy the rest of the CDs - and you can't say fairer than that!
Each episode os a collection of sketches, with several running gags, such as the Stargate and the old lady hearings, mixed in with lots of hilarious one off sketches. The style of humour is a great cross between observational humour and whacky goon show style situations. They excel at taking slightly absurd real life situations and taking them one step further towards the ridiculous with great laughs as the result. The writers are clearly very erudite, and this leads to a more intelligent style, that I thoroughly enjoy.
Presented here is all six episodes from the fourth series, broadcast August/Sept 2009 on Radio 4. There are 3 discs, 2 episodes per disc, collected into a double jewel case. There is a sparse inlay with brief biographies of Mitchell and Webb and chapter points for each episode.
A great CD, this should be in the collection of all lovers of witty Cambridge style humour.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No. It's them. I don't understand why two very intelligent graduates from Cambridge who can do excellent and fascinating work apart from each other seem incapable of spending more... Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2014 by Scary Reader
superb bit of comedy from the excellent Mitchell and Webb.
While not up the standard of their triumphant Peep Show (very hard not to compare anything they do to that! Read more
Mitchell and Webb seem to be everywhere nowadays, good for them! They are consistently funny and entertaining and I got to know them from their TV sketch shows. Read morePublished on 25 May 2011 by Klingsor
Love this CD box-set of the latest Mitchell and Webb radio series. Funny and relevant; in my opinion better than the TV series!Published on 31 Oct. 2010 by mazsings
I bought this for my husband as he loves watching the show on TV. He thoroughly enjoyed it and laughed out loud to many of the sketches. It didn't disappoint. Read morePublished on 16 Aug. 2010 by M. A. Coyle
The audio CD works well, I was unsure how their sketches would work as a radio show but it was great to listen to. Read morePublished on 21 July 2010 by SJSmith
This is a fantastic CD for those long car journeys as it will certainly keep you amused! In this series Mitchell and Webb continue the brilliant characterisations that we know them... Read morePublished on 14 July 2010 by TheLibrarian
I came to Mitchell and Webb a little late. The odd chat show appearance here, and excerpts of their radio and TV series now and again. Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2010 by Rich
David Mitchell and Robert Webb might as well be members of the family now - both appear so often on our tellies. Read morePublished on 17 April 2010 by Richard Hammond