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Back Story David Mitchell who you may know for his inappropriate anger on every TV panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks his look of permanent discomfort on C sex comedy Peep Show his online commenter b

  • Title: Back Story
  • Author: DavidMitchell
  • ISBN: 9780007351732
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Paperback
  • David Mitchell, who you may know for his inappropriate anger on every TV panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks, his look of permanent discomfort on C4 sex comedy Peep Show, his online commenter baiting in The Observer or just for wearing a stick on moustache in That Mitchell and Webb Look, has written a book about his life.As well as giving a specific account of everyDavid Mitchell, who you may know for his inappropriate anger on every TV panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks, his look of permanent discomfort on C4 sex comedy Peep Show, his online commenter baiting in The Observer or just for wearing a stick on moustache in That Mitchell and Webb Look, has written a book about his life.As well as giving a specific account of every single time he s scored some smack, this disgusting memoir also details the singular, pitbull infested charm of the FRP Flat Roofed Pub the curious French habit of injecting everyone in the arse rather than the arm why, by the time he got to Cambridge, he really, really needed a drink the pain of being denied a childhood birthday party at McDonalds the satisfaction of writing jokes about suicide how doing quite a lot of walking around London helps with his sciatica trying to pretend he isn t a total at Robert Webb s wedding that he has fallen in love at LOT, but rarely done anything about it why it would be worse to bump into Michael Palin than Hitler on holiday that he s not David Mitchell the novelist Despite what David Miliband might think

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    1. Youtube have much of which to be guilty one child biting the finger of another and Gangnam Style together having a billion views clearly shows the depths of depravity to which the human race has stooped. However it has also introduced people who don't live in the UK to a raft of comedians those of us in the less civilised parts of the world would not ordinarily see - Michael McIntyre, Frankie Boyle, Jimmy Carr, Jack Whitehall, Dara O'Briain and David Mitchell. So impressed was I, when a small i [...]

    2. 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. A [...]

    3. I laughed out loud several times throughout my reading. David Mitchell is hilarious, whether in print or on my TV screen and I'm glad to have read his memoir. He's still pretty young so I imagine he'll write another one eventually. I thought the mushy chapter about falling in love and getting married was a little bit strange as it didn't really fit in with his persona throughout all the rest of the book, but it still made me tear up and feel very happy for him.I would definitely recommend this b [...]

    4. I'm not a big fan of autobiographies, but I am a big fan of David Mitchell; these facts seem to have averaged out into a 3 star rating.As I read, it was David Mitchell's voice telling me the anecdotes in my head. This was a really positive thing about the book; he didn't write with pretension, rather he wrote as himself. It felt like an honest memoir which made it instantly likeable and interesting.I guess for me, the first half was disappointing. I got the impression that David Mitchell had a f [...]

    5. First coming across him as Peep Show‘s Mark, and since then on That Mitchell and Webb Look and the ten thousand comedy panel shows that litter the Dave channel, I find David Mitchell very, very funny. Which is why, when finding myself feeling rather down, I chose to read his autobiography. And while Back Story didn’t raise many belly laughs, it was still an amusing and pleasant way to pass some time.David Mitchell would be the first to admit that he’s not had the most drama-filled life, ha [...]

    6. I really love David Mitchell, the comedian (I am partial to David Mitchell, the novelist, as well, but that's another story), although I discovered this brilliant man rather recently and I can't seem to get enough of him, so I was hoping that his memoir would resemble his comical persona. And it did - it grabbed me from the very first page (I counted that I laughed out loud five times while reading this particular page). It wasn't a piss-myself-from-laughing kind of book for me (although David, [...]

    7. Audible's relatively spotty collection has led to me buying a few titles that I would never ever otherwise consume. A celebrity memoir? Really? Who am I?David Mitchell is a likeable, middle-class, small c conservative British comedian. I enjoyed his book, in no small part because it's read by the author and I find his voice reassuring (I usually find middle class British accents reassuring, a fact that I find strangely disconcerting.)Mitchell grows up the eldest son of two former hoteliers turne [...]

    8. Fun memoir about a funny guy.(sorry for the lame intro just had to use it.)The pictures that are included are a nice touch, and the way he navigates the book through his walk is a interesting and fun detail.

    9. 3.5 stars. His childhood seemed more amusing than adulthood via his memoir. But this is probably the case with anybody going into adulthood. Best if you know the Author so you can hear his voice as you read it.

    10. As with all celebrity autobiographies, if you’re a fan of the celebrity, there’s a high probability that you’ll enjoy the book. If not, you’re unlikely to read it anyway. That’s a point that’s made often, but that probably bears repeating.The structure of this book is slightly novel, in that it follows Mitchell on a walk around London, with reminisces and comic riffs inspired by things he sees along the way. I think it’s fair to say that little of the content is deeply insightful: [...]

    11. I watch and listen to a lot of British comedy, and David Mitchell is wonderful. I much enjoy his logical rants.This is a very funny memoir. Isn't that just the most disappointing thing, to read a really depressing memoir by a comedian. This is definitely not one of those. That's not to say that David Mitchell hasn't had hard times just like the rest of us, but he always manages to write them with humor and irony.The book springs from a simple walk in the author's neighborhood, and from its sight [...]

    12. Pretty much what you'd expect in a David Mitchell book (not the novelist, the comedian, as he will emphatically remind you throughout this biography). Lots of dry, sardonic, British wit, a few choice rants(some of which are retreads from his Soap Box video series) and the comedic talent to write everything in a humourous fashion. The first half of the book is a bit stronger, since it relates experiences we've all been through (e.g. childhood, awkwardness, school, etc.) while the second half has [...]

    13. I should've bought this as an audio book, because I just heard David Mitchell in my head while I read it. Which was fine, but it would have been more fun if it was really David Mitchell, not my brain's David Mitchell.Two things that really stuck out for me: I wanted to nod and shout yes! during his explanation of why he classifies himself an agnostic and how atheists can be just as blind and pedantic as religious zealots. I feel like I've been trying to articulate this for years but never this w [...]

    14. Plenty of hilarious anecdotes to be found here - and if you're a long-time fan of Mitchell's, as I am, you'll basically be hearing his voice as you read this - but the chapter about his wife is simply one of the sweetest, most charming and straightforward accounts of being hopelessly in love I've read in a long time.

    15. 5 Stars? 5 Stars. I no doubt am biased toward Mark, erm, David, for any number of reasons, but reading this book by way of Audible with Mitchell himself narrating, the asides, the pauses, the humour, umm, humor, translates in ways that my English accent just couldn't and wouldn't have.

    16. Read the whole thing in less than a day. Really enjoyed it, it seemed to hit my level of humour just right. Felt a lot more 'honest' than most comedians' autobiographies.

    17. I like David Mitchell, I liked listening to David Mitchell read about David Mitchell. I liked hearing David Mitchell drop the C word many times with a delightfully posh British accent.

    18. i'm almost obsessively in love with David Mitchell and with his comedy. Therefore Im almost obsessively in love with this book.

    19. A nice look into the life of the author as it provides a perspective on what has made the person and the on-screen persona that has come to be so well-liked and is so superbly funny, or as Rob Brydon would say in his squeaky Mitchell voice ''Posh and repressed''. The book has funny little anecdotes from his personal life and his growing years, a number of which have made hilarious on-screen bits too. It makes the person even more likable and as David would say at least as good or worse and the r [...]

    20. Because I watched "That Mitchell and Webb look" thrice now, and this has failed to produce a new season I started listening to this book, narrated by David Mitchell himself. This was wonderful and I cannot imagine have read it trying to make my inner dialog sound like him.I had quite a few laugh-out-loud moments and the story moved me sometimes. This is not a revolutionary auto-biography as I'm sure Mitchell intended it (by which I mean he did not intend it to be a revolutionary book). As he rep [...]

    21. This book is a world away from my normal choice of reading, but David Mitchell has been filming for his new series in our area recently and I was curious to find out a bit more about him. I've seen him in Jam and Jerusalem, and heard him on various Radio 4 panel games but didn't really know much more about him.It's not really a 'tell-all' autobiography - thank goodness - but it is very funny and entertaining. When I started the book I half expected to get a few chapters in and decide I'd had eno [...]

    22. I listened to this on audio and I adored it! However I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed reading it as much as listening to it. I find him very humerous and loved that he narrated it himself. Overall it was a good fun listen although nothing mind blowing (which to be fair it wasn't marketed as anything mindblowing). I would highly recommend a listen if you like him.

    23. When you read a book of one of your favourite funny ranting men, your expectation is always high. At times there was the hint of self pity eek don't make me not like you eek Nope, still love him for the complex comedian that he is!

    24. Listened to the audio version, read by the man himself. Best way to read (hear?) an autobiography I reckon. Anyway, the cat can write - absolutely fantastic story, and meaty enough that you can really get into it and not worry for a long while about it coming to an end.

    25. I finished this book with mixed feelings. David Mitchell is a likeable and hard working performer and its inevitable that "fans" will want a little background on his route to success. On the other hand Mitchell's story is essentially unremarkable with a comfortable childhood and a route to Cambridge Uni, after a rejection from Oxford. At Cambridge he achieves another success on his mental tick-list becoming footlights president and doing no work but performing and slowly developing as a comedy w [...]

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