Entertaining a capacity audience, David Mitchell spoke about writing, broadcasting and ranting. David, who left Abingdon in 1992, mentioned his youthful ambition, which must have worried his parents – a quiet, reclusive, swot (the words are David’s) decides he wants to be a comedian – and his secret ambition to fulfil the promise he showed on the Abingdon stage by playing a major Shakespearean role.
The audience warmed to his genial, self-deprecating manner and his willingness to share his thoughts on the pleasures and perils of this internet age. David’s latest book ‘Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse’ is published by Guardian Books and Faber and Faber.
David is one of the UK’s best-known comedians. He is an actor and writer who came to prominence as one half of ‘Mitchell and Webb’ and has since won BAFTAs for ‘Peep Show’ and ‘That Mitchell and Webb Look’. He has starred in ‘Jam and Jerusalem’, ‘The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff’ and ‘Ambassadors’. He writes for the Observer, chairs ‘The Unbelievable Truth’, is a team captain on ‘Would I Lie To You?’ and has appeared regularly on almost all of the most popular panel shows, including ‘QI’, ‘Have I Got News For You’ and ‘Mock The Week’. In 2012 he published his memoir ‘Back Story’.