This Mitchell and Webb Book Hardcover – 3 Sep 2009
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By David Mitchell and Robert Webb
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Here, the two men turn their pens away from writing comedy sketches and try their hands at writing a full-length book, not necessarily alternating but taking it in turns to switch around every now and then and assume the role of the sole writer. I think most people have a favourite, and if you’re anything like me then your favourite is David Mitchell – he just has a deep and biting wit that Webb can only aspire to, although Webb does make up for this in other ways.
One of the coolest things about this book is that it’s a beautiful, big hardback, with colour printing and gorgeous designs inside. Think of it as being like the Guinness Book of Records, only funnier, less fact-based and potentially on acid. It’s a similarly-sized A4 book, and it has a matching production value, but the similarities end there – for starters, ten-year-old copies of this are much less likely to be changing hands at a car boot sale.
If you’re a fan of either David Mitchell or Robert Webb, this book’s for you. I don’t know what else to say – imagine their shows, in book form.
Highlights include, but are certainly not limited to, the recurring series "Mundane Quotes Of The Great" and "Great Flat-Share Note Discourses", adverts for the Mitchell and Webb Allen Key and Mitchell And Webb Polythene, and the incredibly astute little section 'designed to cater for fans of The Mighty Boosh who have been bought this book by mistake'.
Great care and at least one joke has gone into every page and if you're a fan of any other Mitchell and Webb material, and if you enjoy reading things, this book is the perfect combination of the two for you.
This book takes no prisoners: Alan Bennett turns into Richard Littlejohn; The Mighty Boosh gets a skewering; there are some superb 'rejected posters' for well-known films. Even the bits from their TV programmes which, due to repetition, have begun to grate a bit (Sir Digby, the snooker commentators) manage to be amusing here.
A fine Christmas pressie for anyone who knows you don't have to be thick to be funny.
Also - starting to find David Mitchell strangely attractive but that may be unrelated to the book!
I still basically liked it, and like I said there were some good bits, I just didn't enjoy it on the same level as I enjoy most of their stuff.
Somehow, despite all the signs being good, this book doesn't really work at all for me. It shares the same scattergun approach of some of the other collections I've mentioned already, but the laughs are only sporadic, and I didn't find myself laughing out loud, more smiling to myself every now and again. It all looks fairly wonderful, with a real mixture of styles, some pages set out like diary entries, some like church noticeboards, and others resembling copies of "OK!"-like magazines. Sadly though, despite the attention to detail on the layout and appearance of the book, it seems that the same quality control wasn't applied to the text itself.
There seems to be a heavy focus on the two snooker commentators in the book, who appear several times, and there are also a number of "How To" articles, such as "How To Cope with the Smoking Ban" (or words to that effect) and whilst these start off being mildly entertaining they soon become tiresome, and when you find so many of them within the book there is a temptation to skip them. There is also a long section where pictures of Mitchell and Webb from their younger days have been edited and given silly captions, and an equally long bit where the "I'm a PC... and I'm a Mac" ads are lampooned poorly, along the lines of "I'm a cigarette... and I'm some nicotine gum."
As I said, the book is nice to look at, but for me it was a bitter disappointment to read.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Picked it up cheap in a charity shop and still feel robbed. Apart from a couple of columns written by Mitchell there's almost nothing here that even raised a smile. Read morePublished 5 months ago by S Litton
This is just terrible. The art direction and graphic design are a huge part of the problem but there aren't enough ideas either. It's really a mess.Published on 12 July 2014 by M. Kupperman
I was dissapointed with this book. I really like Mitchell and Webb, both on the radio and TV.
Sadly, this book just isn't that funny.
Bought this for a friend's birthday- it arrived on time (a good sign), was completely new and undamaged and a good laugh too.Published on 4 May 2013 by Alex Suter
A secondhand copy, but in good condition,so pleased with it. given as a present, and recipient very pleased with it...thanksPublished on 12 Mar. 2013 by stephen
Mitchell and Webb give a great deal of pleasure in this very amusing book. It was a great read and very enjoyable.Published on 25 Feb. 2013 by Margaret Rea
Good book. After watching the series great to have the book. Very funny, witty. Two very funny writers.A must have read.Published on 11 Feb. 2013 by Mrs. Janet Evans