David Mitchell is an award-winning writer, actor and comedian for hire. As part of the duo Mitchell and Webb and as a solo act David is a hilarious comic with years of experience and an impressive broadcast résumé. David has always been obsessed with comedy admitting since his school days: “[I] always felt that doing a joke was the cleverest thing”. After excelling academically and culturally he attended Peterhouse, Cambridge and joined the amateur theatrical club the Footlights.
It was here he first met Robert Webb and the pair soon struck up a camaraderie and comedy partnership. After leaving university, Mitchell and Webb worked on several projects eventually impressing at the Edinburgh Fringe. The two comedians were given the opportunity to write for the second season of Big Train starring Ben Miller and Alexander Armstrong. Their first break into acting came in 2000 with the BBC picking up and airing their first sketch show Bruiser.
Starring David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Martin Freeman, and Olivia Colman it was a success and led to the pair earning a commission for their second sketch offering The Mitchell and Webb Situation. Playing off this success Mitchell and Webb made their big break in the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show. It went on to become the longest-running sitcom on Channel 4 amassing a total of nine seasons. As a result of its success and cult status, Mitchell won the British Academy Television Award for Best Comedy Performance and the Best Television Comedy Actor award at the British Comedy Awards.
Peep Show was equally successful itself winning a BAFTA for Best Situation Comedy, the British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy, the Best TV Comedy at the South Bank Show Awards, and even a Rose d’Or. With the success of Peep Show Mitchell and Webb were given the freedom to experiment with the sketch comedy format as they returned to BBC Radio with That Mitchell and Webb Sound. The radio program was adapted for the screen in the form of That Mitchell and Webb Look and featured legendary sketches and characters such as ‘Sir Digby Chicken Caesar’, ‘Numberwang’, and ‘Angel Summoner and BMX Bandit’.
The pair would go on to create a feature-length film entitled Magicians as well as star in advertisements and even write a comedy book, The Mitchell and Webb Book. Mitchell has a wealth of solo work appearing in Think the Unthinkable, Doctors and Nurses, Blunder, Jam and Jerusalem, Dead Ringers, and currently stars in a Blackadder-esque sitcom based on the life of William Shakespeare, entitled Upstart Crow. Besides these offerings Mitchell is a regular on popular panel shows and even captains Would I Lie to You?. Such is his success The Independent has dubbed Mitchell: ‘the prince regent of panel games’.
Mitchell is also an avid columnist regularly writing for The Observer and The Guardian. This titan of the industry is an entertainer like no other and a must see at all events.
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