The Andrew Sachs phone scandal of 2009 saw two of Britain’s best-loved comedians, Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross, shunned by the public for crossing the comedy line. Frankie Boyle regularly has heads shaking with his brutal humour. More and more people are finding themselves appalled at what they hear on television or on the radio in the name of comedy, so maybe it’s about time we went back to our witty roots and actually concentrated on making comedies that are actually funny.
Enter David Mitchell and Robert Webb. Mitchell and Webb give fans of British comedy that much-needed injection of clever and witty humour that the British have been crying out for. Peep Show is now a cult classic comedy sitcom. Dysfunctional friends Mark (David Mitchell) and Jeremy (Robert Webb) play out their insipid love lives, mental breakdowns and embarrassing moments throughout its eight series. Unlike other sitcoms that tire after the first few months, Peep Show still has the nation belly-laughing ten years later.
The dark and dry humour of Peep Show is an evolution from Mitchell and Webb’s former work. That Mitchell and Webb Look in 2007 was hilarious, bizarre and extremely silly. Home to hilarious characters such as Sir Digby Chicken Caesar, a drug and alcohol addled tramp who believed he was a detective, the sketch show won a BAFTA for ‘Best Comedy Programme’ for its first series.
…the insane character of Maurice Wigglethorpe-Throom…
After the successful airing of Peep Show’s most recent series, our favourite comedy duo are taking a brief break from one another. Here is an exclusive outtake from Robert Webb’s latest role in the comparethemarket.com advert.
Robert Webb has injected his silliness into the insane character of Maurice Wigglethorpe-Throom, the eccentric enemy of beloved meerkat, Aleksandr Orlov. In the advert, Wigglethorpe-Throom attempts to explain energy tariffs using a cake made of mud. The new series of mad adverts for Compare the Market bring a bit of silly British humour sunshine to an otherwise dull subject of insurance.
Hopefully a ninth series of Peep Show is in the pipeline, but until then Mitchell and Webb are working on a political satire. Our Men sees the comedy duo as part of an Embassy team in the fictional country of Tazbekistan. Webb has described his new venture as “drama with a dollop of comedy” and we’re sure that a nation hungry for more Mitchell and Webb won’t be disappointed.