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That Mitchell & Webb Sound: The Complete Fourth Series Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (19 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408410141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408410141
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.5 x 12.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"simply brilliant" (Gillian Reynolds Daily Telegraph)

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David Mitchell and Robert Webb star in the complete fourth series of their Sony Award-winning comedy show – as heard on BBC Radio 4.

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Ok, before I start I'll warn you -- this is a dry and dusty critique! Sometimes, it's a useful thing.
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.
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I hesitated about the rating for this, because the gap between best and worst is pretty wide. At their worst, they take targets as easy as a barn door and hammer them at what feels like extreme length - eg the "Metil or Normil" and "Who's the Winner" quiz show sketches. And occasionally the targets are straw men altogether, as in the "Whale Survey" joke about pointless interview questions where the interviewer is just too silly to be a credible target. Several other sketches feel too drawn-out, they were worth a couple of lines at most.

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.
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"So young man, what do you do?"

"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!
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Before they were all pervasive on the television, Mitchell and Webb had a highly successful radio show, which is still running. The Mitchell and Webb sound contains the same style of humour as the Mitchell and Web Look, but as it is on the radio there is more opportunity for situations that would be harder to realise on the screen, and for your imagination to really work.

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.
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