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That Lord! He's always coming up with one brilliant idea or another. Godless Comedy from The Beeb's That Mitchell and Webb Look.
posted by captnkurt (37 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

 
If we have to have an atheism thread, can we have it be about this article instead of the SLYT? Because when I started reading it I thought it was a parody. Then I realized it was real and I laughed a lot.
posted by shii at 9:46 PM on July 20, 2009


Technically, this isn't God-less comedy. He has quite a few lines, actually.

Shame there isn't more to this. It's a funny sketch, but the post could have been fleshed out a lot more. Maybe more YT links on the same topic? Or maybe some deeper links about M&WLook?
posted by hippybear at 9:49 PM on July 20, 2009


Good, but not the best Mitchell & Webb. For that you want their series Peep Show and/or the film Magicians.
posted by mhjb at 9:55 PM on July 20, 2009


Vegetarian-less comedy.
posted by YoBananaBoy at 9:57 PM on July 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


The clip was funny, and I wish there were more British comedy posts. It was only last week that I realized that Noel Fielding and Russell Brand aren't the same guy!
posted by moxiedoll at 10:00 PM on July 20, 2009


Homepathic A&E is one of my favorites.
posted by lazaruslong at 10:01 PM on July 20, 2009 [12 favorites]


The Best Man Cuts Through The Shit sketch also hits home. No God Food and Crazy Stalker Vicar follow the religious humor vein, Bronze Age Orientation Day is smart, Porn Proofreader (NSFW) is just funny, and the Gordon Ramsey bit is pretty great as well.

Are you pulling my balls?

I like all of those better than the linked one, but hey, c'est la vie. Mitchell is also great on QI.
posted by lazaruslong at 10:18 PM on July 20, 2009 [4 favorites]


Oh British comedy, always about something.
posted by America at 10:23 PM on July 20, 2009


Don't forget Are we the baddies?
posted by nímwunnan at 10:25 PM on July 20, 2009 [10 favorites]


Hah! I hadn't seen the baddies sketch yet. That's good stuff.
posted by lazaruslong at 10:28 PM on July 20, 2009


God bless David Mitchell.
posted by prufrock at 11:01 PM on July 20, 2009


Two of my all-time favorites: The author at his editor and Numberwang!

Incidentally, the editor sketch is eerily like so many meetings that I've attended.
posted by dammitjim at 11:02 PM on July 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


Here's a couple that you should probably listen to with headphones on if you're at work:

Under the Linden Tree With Queen Victoria. Doctor and Ice Cream Tester.
posted by tomcooke at 11:31 PM on July 20, 2009


Among certain nerdy girl circles, the real standout sketch of this season of Mitchell and Webb was, without question Freestyle Disco Mr. Darcy (around 2:20). This Austen dweeb will never, never recover. Although Glucozade Port (Dammit! This isn't booze!) at 5:26 was also a true delight.
posted by mostlymartha at 11:46 PM on July 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


Crystal clear Henchmen communication. "Oh, and Allan, perhaps I'll see you later, for a little...light refreshment?"
posted by Glee at 12:33 AM on July 21, 2009 [2 favorites]


also, henchmen sound nsfw
posted by Glee at 12:37 AM on July 21, 2009


This third series has been uniformly weak. I just have to keep my fingers crossed for a return to form with the sixth season of Peep Show.
posted by turgid dahlia at 12:54 AM on July 21, 2009


David Mitchell is still one of my favourites though, along with Sean Lock. Here's the two of them on Lock's TV Heaven, Telly Hell: 1, 2, 3.
posted by turgid dahlia at 1:02 AM on July 21, 2009


Cheesoid.
posted by ArmyOfKittens at 2:01 AM on July 21, 2009


My favourite Mitchell and Webb sketch by a long, long way.
posted by Neale at 2:11 AM on July 21, 2009


Though now I see nímwunnan beat me to it.
posted by Neale at 2:11 AM on July 21, 2009


Oh dear god, I wish that the porn proof reader one were true.

The 'letters' were never written received by the office that I worked in, but we had to phone them often enough. 100 monkeys at typewriters might be able to create Shakespeare. Those letters though... dear god... they were written by half a dozen coked up onanistic monkeys who occasionally managed to hit the right key with their left hand.

I think there were four or five writers who covered six different magazines varying between the really grubby 'girl down the chipshop' greasy types to some really quite classy girls who you'd be proud to take home to mother, if only she'd put some clothes on. The girl, not your mother.

Both would be best...

Anyway, the paid authors had such distinct styles that you could always spot the genuine letter by a process of elimination. Sometimes they'd try and throw you off track by not using 'house style' on the word come, but it didn't get much more advanced than that...
posted by twine42 at 2:42 AM on July 21, 2009 [3 favorites]


Thanks for the TV Heaven Telly Hell link, dahlia -- I had no idea the series existed, and it pretty much seems to be just a vehicle for the QI gang to have fun while ostensibly talking about TV, and that's a good thing indeed.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:59 AM on July 21, 2009


The Good Samaritan.
posted by Ritchie at 4:05 AM on July 21, 2009 [2 favorites]


Got to say that when it comes to sketch shows, M&W do best when they're not so obviously trying to make a point when they're being funny. Darcy, Linden Tree, Porn Editor, Baddies etc. are genuinely funny whereas God, Homeopathic A&E, Nutrition have their moments but, to me anyway, are a bit leadenly making a point, hamming it up more than in others, which gets in the way of teh funny.

My favourite sketches of recent times are the Armstrong & Miller RAF pilots [compilation]with a nice segue into this FPP where M&W & A&M come together for Comic Relief.

Still itching for another series of Shameless & Mighty Boosh myself. Speaking of Boosh, Noel Fielding is attempting to break the world zombie record. A friend is going to be at Big Chill and is spending a lot of time trying to explain to his High School Musical obsessed daughter what a zombie is and how cool it would be to dress as a zombie cheerleader when they go. Strange times...
posted by i_cola at 4:27 AM on July 21, 2009


The baddies are my favorite by far. Mitchell is always a good addition to the panel shows (QI, Have I got News for you, Just a Minute, Mock the Week etc). His SoapBox podcasts are also pretty good.

It's too bad this FPP is pretty bare considering the subject at hand. I think Mitchell and Webb are one of the funnier duos. Horn & Corden had potential but I lost interest in their show when it started to be too much about being teh gay or haha fatties. The only other comedy "group" that has me laughing as much is Ricky Gervais/Karl Pilkington/Steve Merchant in their "Ricky Gervais Guide to" series (unfortunately not free, but worth it).
posted by like_neon at 5:10 AM on July 21, 2009


My favourite sketches of recent times are the Armstrong & Miller RAF pilots [compilation] with a nice segue into this FPP where M&W & A&M come together for Comic Relief.

LOLarious and shit! "Random." As a dirty foreigner I don't have enough english slang to get it all or know how spot on they are, but great stuff nevertheless. And I wouldn't've found them myself so thanks
posted by Glee at 5:46 AM on July 21, 2009


I've always found Mitchell positively unbearable, but this is all brilliant stuff. Thanks for opening my eyes.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 6:40 AM on July 21, 2009


The comments on the OP's video remind me why YouTube is necessary, but evil. Take it to the debating society, humourless heathens.
posted by mippy at 7:28 AM on July 21, 2009


Mitchell was brought up in the Christian church, which has lead to a fair amount of material around that subject that he has developed over his lifetime.
posted by asok at 7:29 AM on July 21, 2009


Uniformly weak? I think not!
posted by merocet at 8:04 AM on July 21, 2009 [4 favorites]


Mitchell as the tragically awkward Mark Corrigan, in Peep Show.
posted by Harry at 8:32 AM on July 21, 2009


I found that hilarious. Thanks.
posted by yoink at 9:09 AM on July 21, 2009


I saw a woman at SFO wearing a "Numberwang!" t-shirt, and I wanted to knock her on the head and steal it.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 9:26 AM on July 21, 2009


I thought you were going to link to this one. Truly godless comedy. Also, one of my favorites.
posted by Hactar at 2:21 PM on July 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


Mitchell as the tragically awkward Mark Corrigan , in Peep Show.

Yes! That was why I used to hate David Mitchell! Thanks for reminding me now make it stop!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 3:19 PM on July 21, 2009


Eh, I meant that to read less harsh and I only half meant it, but yeah I forgot but I found what I saw of Peep Show very, very annoying and self-indulgent. So again, I'm just really glad to see I was so deeply mistaken about the fellow.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:47 PM on July 21, 2009


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