Book Review: This Mitchell & Webb Book

This Christmas I was on the Good List again (don’t ask me how) and one of the gifts Santa Brought me was This Mitchell & Webb Book.

This Mitchell & Webb Book

This Mitchell & Webb Book

It’s a heavy tome and I was expecting it to provide accompaniment to my private times (ahem, I keep my books in the en-suite smallest room) for a few weeks. Here’s my first and biggest problem with the book… after a few interesting and funny pages, the book descends into an over-designed, overly-padded comedy book.

Now don’t get me wrong. I love comedy. I also love pictures and appreciate good design. I even love comic strip-type work and in my younger days I dabbled with it myself.  If anyone has a copy of my old student mag, it’s probably worth … oooh, several pennies now.

 But… when I’m presented with a hardcover book I expect it to last me more than 6 days of visits to the loo.  This book has some really funny comedy moments including the poster above, which made me chuckle for hours – I’m thinking of putting it on the notice board at work.  However, the last book I found so disjointed was something to do with The Young Ones when I was about 14.

Mitchell & Webb are funny. I love their radio stuff; their TV work’s entertaining and even their appearances on umpteen panel shows are amusing enough – I just feel that this book was thrown together under a contractual agreement involving a decent advance payment and a tight deadline to make sure it was ready in time for the pre-Christmas market.

Saying that, it’s not bad. Borrow a copy from a friend. Borrow mine if you want. It’s good enough for me to tell you that I want it back, but not so good that I’d demand that you buy your own. You can though, here:

Tell ‘em Phill sent you.

p.s. you can follow David Mitchell on twitter: @RealDMitchell – and read more from both of the chaps on MySpace.

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7 comments on “Book Review: This Mitchell & Webb Book

  1. Joby

    Unfortunately, their live show I saw a couple of years ago wasn’t as funny as them!

    If you want a funny book then get Flight From Deathrow by Harry Hill. Mental. Surreal and laugh out loud funny all the way through!

  2. Phill

    Ha ha. Well your accidental blog comments are a bit funnier than most of their book. 🙂

  3. Phill

    Not sure which would be best, but flattered will do, given all your cycling exploits – getting flattened would be a bad thing!

  4. Lee

    Though I liked them on TV I was not keen on their radio shows which seemed to drag on…not the idea with comedy really is it. I like the sound of the Harry Hill book….thanks Joby

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