YMMV / That Mitchell and Webb Look

YMMVs for That Mitchell and Webb Look:

  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • The old ladies of the Little Old Lady Job Justification Hearings. Are they Cool Old Ladies who force self-important people to take a look at their lives and start to do worthwile things, or are they passive-aggressive Bitches In Sheep's Clothing who bully people into giving up their passions and conform to their old-fashioned standards?
    • Hennimore is actually messing up his boss' commands on purpose. Because otherwise you'd expect him to get the tasks right half of the time.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • The Numberwang Sudden Death round.
    • The replacement for the doorbell sketch. Particularly the end.
    • The Kat-Kat and Kid-Kat segments. Particularly the cat "burial".
  • Ear Worm:
    • "The Devil's Gallop", thanks to Sir Digby's rendition.
    • The Green Clarinet forces you to reveal a shameful secret... to the tune of "I Saw Three Ships".
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Angel Summoner and BMX Bandit, about a duo of superheroes with vastly different power levels and the tension this creates, is a rather apt metaphor for Mitchell (Angel Summoner) and Webb's (BMX Bandit) later careers.
    BMX Bandit: Your ability to summon a horde of celestial superbeings at will is making my BMX skills a bit...redundant.
  • Genius Bonus: One The Quiz Broadcast sketch has the Test Card Girl writing "Revelation 6 13 15" on the blackboard.
    Revelation 6:13-15 reads: "and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
    Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains."
    (remain indoors)
    • Also, during the Cheesoid sketch, about an expert soup chef who loses his sense of smell. The chef has his copy of Perfume stolen, a book about a character with an overwhelming obsession with the sense of smell.
    • One of the Didldidi supermarket ads says that some of the bargains were due to stock having to be sold off before changes to the Trade Descriptions Act came into force. It sounds like they're making up an excuse for Rule of Funny, but the Trade Descriptions Act really was completely overhauled around that time.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: The "David Mitchell's wife" scene, which plays on his "confirmed bachelor" image, is rather touching now that he actually is married.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • One sketch had David dreaming about being married to actress Keeley Hawes - in 2013, he starred in the BBC2 series Ambassadors, with Keeley playing his character's wife.
    • The Dead British Actors sketch (in which two feuding actors play Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, by alternating roles each night) is hilarious now given Danny Boyle's stage production of Frankenstein has the same setup between Victor and the Creature. Doubly hilarious considering that the actors involved (Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller) both went on to star in Dueling Shows in which they played Holmes.
    • "The Quiz Show"'s Running Gag of post-apocalyptic survivors trying at all costs to avoid remembering "the event" becomes downright hilarious in the wake of the failed American sci-fi drama The Event, which had a marketing campaign that revolved entirely around obfuscating what the titular event is, and was also a massive disaster.
    • The villain in the Casino Royale (2006) spoof doesn't look much like Le Chiffre, but he does resemble later Bond villain Silva.
    • The Bmx Bandit now has an anime counterpart, if anything even more Overshadowed by Awesome, in Licenseless Rider.
    • In the radio version, Olivia Colman plays Queen Elizabeth II in a sketch involving the Queen getting ridiculously excited over a bunch of D-grade acts being contracted to play the Royal Variety Performance. In 2017, it was announced that the role of Elizabeth II in seasons three and four of The Crown (2016) was going to be played by... Olivia Colman.
    • Numberwang becomes this if you know how cryptocurrency mining works.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Misaimed Fandom: The snobby vicar/tailor/waiter sketches seem to gather a lot of people who straight-up agree with Mitchell's character.
  • Padding: One sketch featured a quiz show host who dragged everything out for as long as possible, interrupting or ignoring the contestant's attempts to give the right answer and repeating himself. It turns out that it's not a quiz show at all, but they're on board a spaceship headed for the Sun, the host has six months to live and he wants to drag it out as long as possible.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • In the Numberwang sketches, most viewers will recognise Simon as Paterson Joseph, who's best known for his role as Alan Johnson in Peep Show. Funnily enough, the show also stars David Mitchell, Robert Webb and Olivia Colman.
    • Future Get Out and Black Panther (2018) star Daniel Kaluuya shows up in one of the Speedo sketches as a young black kid who is on trial for a crime he didn't commit.
  • Seasonal Rot: Many fans will either believe that Series 3 or 4 was when the humour wasn't as good as the previous series.
  • The Woobie: A number of the characters, but possibly Cheesoid is the biggest one. Created to identify smells, it ends up just barely being able to identify cheese and petrol, frequently getting them mixed up and even mispronouncing "petrol" as "petril."
    "Cheesoid kill self. Cheesoid kill self with petril. Why petril not burn?"
    "No Cheesoid, that's not petrol!"
    "PetROL! That's cheese!"
    "Not petril?"
    "Hate self. Why Cheesoid exist? Cheesoid so lonely..."

YMMVs for That Mitchell and Webb Situation:

  • Ending Fatigue: A one-episode recurring gag where Mitchell and Webb play co-workers in various professions who end every scene with a quick kiss.