David Mitchell tells it how it is in this episode, what it was like in university for him and why he doesn’t think the university system is fair right now.
Back Story by David Mitchell | Paperback 2013
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Who is David Mitchell?
David Mitchell is a British actor, comedian and writer. He is one half of the comedic duo Mitchell and Webb, alongside Robert Webb, whom he met at Cambridge University. There they were both part of the Cambridge Footlights, of which Mitchell became President. Together the duo starred in the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show in which Mitchell plays Mark Corrigan. The show received a BAFTA and won three British Comedy Awards, while Mitchell won the award for Best Comedy Performance in 2009. The duo have written and starred in several sketch shows including The Mitchell and Webb Situation, That Mitchell and Webb Sound and most recently That Mitchell and Webb Look. Mitchell and Webb also star in the UK version of Apple’s Get a Mac advertisement campaign. Their first film, Magicians, in which Mitchell plays traditional magician Harry, was released on 18 May 2007.
On his own, Mitchell has played Dr James Vine in the BBC1 sitcom Jam & Jerusalem and Tim in the one-off ShakespeaRe-Told adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew. He also is a frequent participant on British panel shows, including QI, Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You, as well as Best of the Worst and Would I Lie to You? on each of which he is a team captain, and The Unbelievable Truth which he hosts. Regarding his personal life, Mitchell considers himself a “worrier” and lives in a flat in Kilburn.
Some reviews of Back story
David Mitchell is just so intelligent and funny, and he is a terrific writer. He has a very distinct voice that comes through in his writing–his writing sounds like him talking, and he is incredibly well-spoken. His digressions are thorough but never too long, and every once in a while he unexpectedly makes a spot-on connection to something he mentioned earlier in the book. While I thought the premise of the book–a walk through London–was a bit contrived, it didn’t matter at all. This book was fantastic, and more importantly, meaty. So many books by comedians–I’m thinking specifically of Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, and Chelsea Handler–are just enjoyable fluff that you get through in two hours. Mitchell’s book has a lot more to it and lasted me over a week of great reading (although I was still very sad when it ended). I adore his television work, so I loved reading about how his career unfolded, especially the other people he worked with, and of course, his friendship and work partnership with Robert Webb. If only Robert Webb would write a memoir too, I would be a very happy girl. I hope it’s not long before David Mitchell comes out with another book.
I’m only a little way through this so far but I am LOVING it. It helps that I really like David Mitchell, he makes me laugh a lot, and this book is making me like him more. It’s pretty much a book about nothing – sort of going for a walk and getting diverted with rambling anecdotes about childhood and random opinions. I quite like descriptions of walks (I enjoy Clare Balding Goes For A Walk on radio 4, for example), and his diversions are pretty much his panel show persona, so for me it works.
Also I’ve put War and Peace on hold – I’m about 1/12 of the way through it and really struggling – so I’m going to enjoy pretty much anything in comparison, and this feels like a huge treat. Will go back to War and Peace after this. (Probably. Maybe.)
If you like David Mitchell, you will like this, and if you don’t like David Mitchell you won’t read it anyway.
David Mitchell is one half of Peep show, Mitchell and webb and has appeared on David Mitchell soapbox, Mock the week and many other comedy panel shows like Would I lie to you. In his book Back story, the memoir David Mitchell opens up about his childhood and his journey to success.
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