The ‘A Dose of David Mitchell’ Fan Interviews – Meet Amanda

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What do you do? Or what do you love to do?

I do freelance web design and am a mom to a 7-year-old son. In my free time I love to go running, though I’m pretty bad at it.

The moment that you realised you were a David Mitchell fan?

I became a fan late in the game, in the last year or two. I am in the US so not as familiar with all the British shows, but I watched IT Crowd on Netflix and loved it. That led to me watching clips of the show on YouTube, then random panel show videos of Richard Ayoade. From there, I kept seeing this David Mitchell guy pop up and thought he was hilarious and fell down the rabbit hole of YouTube videos and that was that.

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Your favourite David Mitchell show?

This is a tough one. I think I’d have to say Would I Lie To You? No matter how many times I have seen an episode, it never fails to make me laugh. And seeing David’s reactions to Lee’s stories are such a delight. His laughter is a great tonic in the down times.

Favourite Mitchell & Webb sketch:

Oh, I don’t think I can name a favourite; I love so many. Numberwang, Snooker, Hennimore.  I also love the “Women Sort Yourself Out” sketch.  Oh, and the job interview sketch where David’s character gets hit with the typewriter never fails to crack me up.

Favourite Mitchell & Webb scene/moment?

I think maybe from Peep Show – Jez pissing himself in the church at Mark and Sophie’s wedding. Also, you can’t go wrong with the cheese making argument from That Mitchell & Webb Look.

Favourite Mitchell & Webb deep cut?

I missed out on seeing a lot of the more obscure stuff, so I’ll say Was it Something I Said?, which I thought was great and wish it had run longer.

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Favourite Peep Show episode?

I think Nether Zone in Season 7. I love that entire episode. Mark being uncomfortable during Jez and Zahra’s conversation in the bathroom and casually reading the bottle (Rinse and Repeat. Always with the Rinse and Repeat) is so relatable and funny. Plus, pizza through the mail slot and Mark jumping out the window.

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Favourite Peep Show character?

Mark. I relate to his awkwardness. And neither one of us knows how to drive.

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Favourite Peep Show line?

There are so many great ones, but I’ll go with two probably more obscure ones –

“Nothing growing in the pants department. I’m as limp as a charity wristband.” – Mark making out with Sophie after getting mugged. (S3Ep1).  When I heard it I spent the rest of the day randomly giggling about it.

“Can I turn that into a little dance? No, play it cool” – Jez, wearing sunglasses and accidently running straight into the bar (S7Ep2). It was such a small little moment in the episode but it still makes me laugh when I think about it.

Favourite Upstart Crow episode?

“I know Thee Not, Old Man” from season 2. The mix-up with the two Gertrudes was great.

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‘Well, I must say that was the most divine service I’ve ever had.’

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p05dsz60/upstart-crow-series-2-2-i-know-thee-not-old-man

Favourite Upstart Crow character?

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I think, maybe, Bottom. I’m not really sure why, other than Rob Rouse is great, which I guess is reason enough!

Favourite Wilty? moment?

Oh wow, how do you pick? Kevin Bridges accidentally buying the horse is obviously a classic. I love the outlandish lies Lee is always given (Wok Around the Clock, Mouse Taxidermy, the Keys) and how much David ends up laughing from them. One moment I really enjoyed came from the story about David supposedly not liking contactless payments. Lee made a joke about how hard it was to get into Oyster HQ because you had to prise it open. The joke didn’t get as big of a reaction as it probably should have but then David picked it up and said “You have to get past Pearl on reception” and  I thought it was a great moment of how the two of them play so well off of each other.

Favourite Wilty? guest?

Probably Bob Mortimer or Greg Davies.

Favourite David Mitchell rant?

The one from the Big Fat Quiz where he goes on the rant about people always trying to get you to dance when you don’t want to. So relatable.

Favourite David Mitchell quote?

“I’ve answered at tedious length. Tedious length is also my porn name.”

“I like to .. erm .. no. I was about to say, ‘I like to experience new things.’ No, I don’t. I get bullied into experiencing new things under peer pressure.”

Your Numberwang number?

Twentington.

Do you think Andrew is really evil in Back? What do you think will happen in the end?

Evil? Perhaps. He definitely appears to be leaning that way. Maybe “complex with a side of evil-like tendencies?” I couldn’t begin to speculate about what will happen, but I’m anxious to see. What happened at Sergio’s? I have to know! I’m worried about Stephen, all drugged up in that chair, haha.

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Poor Stephen…

Are you more like Mark, Jez or Super Hans?

Mark, definitely.

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Your favourite character in the entire Mitchell & Webb extended universe?

Maureen, the dog from Back.

What are your Other favourite comedies and/or comedians?

Lee Mack – love him on WILTY? I finally got around to downloading his autobiography onto my kindle and am really enjoying reading that.  Also enjoy Richard Ayoade and James Acaster

The twitter pages you’d love to recommend:

@MrMichaelSpicer – His Room Next Door videos are hilarious.

Your Favourite TV Shows:

other than the ones mentioned above, I’d say Golden Girls and Seinfeld

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Your favourite movie:

I’m not a big movie person, but Best In Show has always been a favourite of mine.

Your Favourite Book:

Nonfiction would be “NeuroTribes” by Steve Silberman. It’s such an important book (I think), for the Autistic community. Fiction would probably be “The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon” by Stephen King. It’s one I can read over and over and still enjoy.

Thanks for sharing your favourites with us Amanda!

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