The David Mitchell Fan Interviews – Meet Ryoka

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Twitter handle: @ryonially

What I do: I’m studying music at a college in Japan, specialising in piano performance and composition. I love all kinds of music though I tend to play quite a lot of classical music  (frankly, I don’t know why I’m such a huge fan of a man that’s declared that “music is shit”, haha). I also love spending hours on YouTube watching all kinds of British comedy programmes because we don’t get them on Japanese TV.

The moment I realised I was a David Mitchell fan: I was hooked the second I discovered Would I Lie To You? on YouTube – fairly early on in my time as a comedy fan.

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Favourite David Mitchell show: Hard to choose, but I’d say WILTY?, only because that’s where it all started for me. I always watch an episode when I’m feeling a bit down, and it never fails to cheer me up. Upstart Crow is a close second.

Favourite Mitchell & Webb sketch: “Are We The Baddies”, because it’s an absolute classic! Other favourites are the football sketch and “Chip and Pin”. I also love the “Behind The Scenes” sketches though I don’t know why – probably because I like watching or hearing about behind-the-scenes stories in general!

Favourite Peep Show episode: “Business Secrets of the Pharaohs” (the episode where Mark gives Jez a fake life coach certificate).

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/peep-show/on-demand/51380-002

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Favourite Peep Show character: Mark, only because I identify with his awkwardness – definitely not a good thing!

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Favourite Upstart Crow episode: What Bloody Man Is That? because I’ve always loved Macbeth ever since we did it in English at school. I also found the episode Food of Love hysterical – Noel Fielding (as Thomas Morley) is a hoot in that episode!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07fd593/upstart-crow-series-1-5-what-bloody-man-is-that

Favourite Upstart Crow character: Will! Bottom is also a great character in my opinion, and I find it amusing that he doesn’t seem to give a toss about Shakespeare’s work.

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Favourite Upstart Crow line: All the lines where Will is complaining about public transport!

Favourite WILTY? moment: All the crazy Bob Mortimer stories, and whenever David gets agitated over an argument with Lee Mack or Rhod Gilbert.

Favourite WILTY? guest: Bob Mortimer, Henning Wehn and Kevin Bridges (just because of the horse story!)

Favourite David Mitchell rant: “Get to the point is not an exhortation that can be fairly used during a parlour game! There is no point, this is a pointless exercise! We are whiling away our finite time before the grave.” I’ve watched that clip so many times I’ve actually memorised it without meaning to!

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Favourite character in entire Mitchell & Webb extended universe: I’m not going to include the characters Mitchell & Webb have played because I just can’t choose – so it’s going to be Sophie from Peep Show (not just because I like her but also because I wanted to give Olivia Colman some credit!)

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Other favourite comedies: A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Blackadder, Monty Python, The IT Crowd, Whites (why did they axe that show after one series?!), After Life…to name a few. I also enjoy panel shows like QI, Cats Does Countdown, and Taskmaster.

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Other favourite comedians: Stephen Fry (not just as a comedian – I respect and look up to him as a human being in general haha), Jimmy Carr (because he’s the only British comedian I’ve seen live in Tokyo and also because he’s good at setting off a David Mitchell rant), Alan Davies (because I watch QI every day, and also because Whites was really good), Joe Lycett (watching a clip of him on Cats Does Countdown got me into watching panel shows) and Michael McIntyre (watching a clip of his standup show got me into British comedy in the first place) etc.

Twitter page recommendations: @doseofdavidm, @RealDMitchell, @arobertwebb, @TheComedyBlog1, @qikipedia

Favourite TV shows: There is one Japanese comedy/variety programme that I love watching called Kakuzuke (apparently the English name for it is “Who Is The Real Celebrity?”). It’s basically a celebrity challenge where they have to distinguish all kinds of posh products from the rip-offs. The host of this show is incredibly funny, and it’s pretty much the only laugh-out-loud programme currently on Japanese TV for me.

Favourite book: I enjoyed Mythos and Heroes by Stephen Fry, as I have always had an interest in ancient myths.

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Thanks for taking part Ryoka!

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