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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I find with The Mitchell and Webb Look, it's usually a hilarious hit or a 'huh?' miss, but this had me chortling away like a loon all the way to work. I loved the 'old ladies jury', the deadpan delivery of 'counting whales'and 'gap year guy' from the 1300s who went travelling 'cor that must be 3 miles!'. I could go on and on about the great skits, but I really think you just ought to buy this - if only for the 'old lady hearings' quizzing the cosmetic surgeon and 'Pinocchio adoption' sketches.
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. So, it turns out that having a wooden boy for a son is not only a bit creepy, but downright irritating if you're trying to impress a girl on a date, people who work near an interdimensional portal would indeed nip through it for a sneaky fag break and celebrities would undergo Dr Moreau-meets-Frankenstein-style surgery just to make it big on a reality game show. Actually that last one's not so implausible...
So, what I'm trying to say in a roundabout way is: if you've never heard any Mitchell & Webb (where've you been?!) this is an excellent and roaringly funny point to start. If you know their schtick well...well, you too will enjoy this as you did the previous others. If you don't like `em, don't even go here -- things haven't changed for you!
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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