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3.0 out of 5 stars Like watching their TV show, but a cheaper more amateurish version, 26 Feb. 2010
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This review is from: The Two Faces of Mitchell and Webb: Live [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
Mitchell & Webb do a great TV series for themselves (Mitchell And Webb Show- 5/5) and they're in other people's great TV series (Peep Show- 5/5). Their radio show is brilliant (Mitchell & Webb Sound- 5/5). They have written a hilarious book (Michell And Webb Book- 5/5). They were in a film (Magicians) which I'd give 5/5 to though a lot of people wouldn't.

A live show on DVD seems to be their achilles heel though. 95% of the material is used in the first Mitchell & Webb Show TV series, and I'm not sure why you'd choose to watch them do it live, with the odd fluffed line and more rushed costume and make-up, when you could watch the first TV series and watch them do it better.

Whereas on radio and in their book they wrote material that's specific to the medium they're writing for, they've not really adapted their material for theatre. There are a couple of exceptions- Sir Digby Chicken-Caesar's explanation of 'the fourth wall' and throwing it open to the audience to ask questions during 'Big Talk', an interesting little flourish of live improv- but apart from that you're really just watching a cheaper, more amateur-looking version of series 1 of the TV show.

The two supporting cast are James Bachman (a regular in their stuff) and Abigail Burdess (who I'd never seen before). They do deserve a special mention for their routines that they openly admit are inserted in order to give Mitchell & Webb time to do their costume changes. Their singing-and-dancing gags are a bit more innocent and childish than the Mitchell & Webb material but they do raise a laugh.

Apart from the Magicians teaser trailer there are no extras.
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