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This Mitchell and Webb Book Hardcover – 3 Sep 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000728019X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007280193
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Mitchell and Robert Webb



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Format: Hardcover
You know Mitchell and Webb, right – the two comedians who starred in Peep Show and the ‘I’m a PC/I’m a Mac‘ adverts? Okay, okay, I know – they’ve done loads more than that, but that’s as good a place as any to start.

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.
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By S Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Feb. 2010
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Mitchell and Webb always make the effort to write new material for whichever medium they're writing for- a lot of their radio show stuff would only work on radio, many of their TV sketches rely on video gags, and there's stuff in this book that will only ever work in print. Where some comedians might use a book as a chance to re-hash their TV scripts, this is all brand-new stuff- and great stuff too. It doesn't read like a cheap Christmas cash-in book hastily written by ghost writers. Seriously it doesn't. Now that you've said that you're going to think I'm being sarcastic when I'm not. That's the problem with print.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
Books tied in with television comedy shows can be a bit hit-and-miss. You have to write many more words to fill a book than for a TV script. No problem with this one, though: it succeeds in being both hilarious and rather cleverer than some of the dumbed-down stuff we've had of late (Bo'Selecta, Little Britain...was there ever a Two Pints book? I hope not.)

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.
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Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be hilarious, i think i would prefer to read this than watch their show , there are some excellent bits that will have you laughing for days and the posters section will have you laughing anytime anybody even mentions one of the movies involved. Its a great book for just quickly have a little read of on the bus or train i found. Definately 5*
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Format: Hardcover
I put this book on my christmas list and then ended up buying it anyway and I am very glad I did! It is so funny, it has kept me perky and giggly for days. Every bit as good as their TV and radio stuff but with a new format to try out new things. I couldn't recommend it more highly!

Also - starting to find David Mitchell strangely attractive but that may be unrelated to the book!
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By B. Halliop on 21 Sept. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I found it to be a bit of a disappointment, to be honest. It was OK, and there were certainly a number of funny bits, but I guess I prefer their more verbal humour, or the more fleshed-out ideas in their sketches. I found myself flipping through looking for where the real bulk of it started, but there kind of wasn't any. It was mostly just one or two page doodles or ideas for a joke or visual gags.

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.
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I'm a fan of Mitchell and Webb in both their own series and in "Peep Show". I'm a fan of both of them individually when they've been on panel shows. I'm also a fan of comedy books, such as the old Monty Python and Goodies books, and still treasure the likes "Bachelor Boys", the Young Ones' book.

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.
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