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    • The only two albums that David owns are But Seriously by Phil Collins and I Dreamed a Dream by Susan Boyle.

    • On Would I Lie To You?, David revealed that the only concert he has ever been to was by Shirley Bassey.

    • David played Owen in the Radio 4 sitcom Think the Unthinkable.

    • David won the 2009 BAFTA TV Award for Best Comedy Performance for his role in Peep Show.

    • David has one younger brother.

    • David was the president of the Footlights society at Cambridge University.

    • David's parents used to run hotels, which made holidaying with them an odd experience for him as a child.

    • David's first job was a proofreader/general dogsbody at Oxford University Press.

    • David was nominated with comedy partner Robert Webb, for stage show Two Faces of Mitchell and Webb for Best Stage Comedy at the 2006 British Comedy Awards.

    • David commented that it was more embarrassing to kiss actress Jessica Stevenson (now Hynes) for their film Magicians than it was to kiss comedy partner Robert Webb for Peep Show as at least for the latter he was supposed to look mortified.

    • Along with comedy partner Robert Webb, David was ranked ninth in a Broadcast magazine poll of the UK best TV talent, in 2005. Also in 2005, they came joint twelth in the Radio Times's poll, "Most Powerful People in TV Comedy".

    • David has a bad back that requires him to sit on a ball, and do exercises.

    • In 2001, David bought an ex-council flat in Kilburn, at the behest of his parents, who felt he should finally get on the property ladder.

    • David took part in the Radio 5 Live broadcasts for Wimbledon 2008.

    • In 2008, David fronted the radio advertising campaign for Strongbow Cider.

    • David, despite some reports, does not have aniridia. This would make working with studio lights very difficult for him.

    • David was nominated in the 2008 Sony Radio Academy Awards for Best Comedy (That Mitchell and Web Sound) with partner Robert Webb, but lost out to Charlie Higson and Paul Whitehouse's Down the Line.

    • David was best man at comedy partner Robert Webb's wedding to Abigail Burdess.

    • David was nominated for Best Comedy Performance for Peep Show in the 2008 TV BAFTAs, but lost out to James Corden. However, Peep Show won Best Situation Comedy.

    • On the show Would I Lie To You? David admitted to having talked his way out of a fight with a paper boy.

    • David has OCD (self-diagnosed), with him repeatedly checking and re-checking things.

    • David's parents, Ian and Kathy, were both lecturers at Oxford Brookes University in England after they gave up being hotel managers.

    • David appears in the UK version of Apple's Get a Mac commercials alongside comedy partner Robert Webb.

    • Alongside Robert Webb, David often appears in shows alongside Olivia Colman. Similarly, she has also appeared in many Mitchell & Webb projects.

    • David can't drive, and has never attempted to learn.

    • David studied History at Peterhouse, Cambridge. It is at this university where he met long time comedy partner Robert Webb.

    • David provided the voice-over for Bonjela adverts in the UK.

    • David starred on stage in Cinderella in Galway.

  • Quotes

    • David: There's no one I've decided I want to marry at the moment, but if I went for a type, they'd have to be a rich, blind idiot.

    • David: The people I want to make laugh are British. I love all the elements of how British society lends itself to comedy - its pompousness and self-loathing and class system and cynicism.

    • David: I'd like to be in a relationship, but I don't know how to go about it. The problem is I hate the dating thing, I just find it incredibly awkward.

    • David: There are lots of bad things to be said about alcohol. It wrecks and costs lives, often because it boosts confidence. It gives people the confidence to argue, fight and rape, as well as to chat more at parties or enjoy karaoke. It makes people dependent on the confidence it gives, to the extent that they'll poison themselves to get it. But it definitely gives you confidence - I know, I've had some.

    • David: I don't envy the Americans their political system. I envy them their success, money, inner belief that everything isn't doomed to failure, attitude to breakfast, and teeth, but not their constitution.

    • David: People don't form bonds by exchanging controversial or scintillating remarks. We reassure each other by sharing observations of the obvious.

    • (On his time studying history at university)
      David
      : Out of comedy, drinking and history I could have done any two. And I didn't choose to do comedy and history.

    • David: I always felt that doing a joke was the cleverest thing. I would intrinsically prefer a parody of something to the actual thing itself.

    • David: I'm selfish and messy. I never know when to leave a party. I make lists but I ignore them. I pack at the last minute using a stuffing motion that leaves trousers so wrinkled that when I put them on they don't fall below my knees for several hours.

    • David: I've been to LA once and I didn't like it much, because the job of being a comedian or on telly is not interesting. It's what everyone does. So if you get into this for a bit of attention – and fundamentally everyone does – you get more here than in LA.

    • (On fans)
      David: I did have a huge pair of knickers thrown on stage in an ironic but flirty way. I wouldn't feel comfortable with someone who approached me because I'm on the telly. But maybe a few more years of grinding loneliness and I'll change my mind on that.

    • David: I hate to throw anything out that once was precious to me. Basically, I should move to somewhere larger, but I can't be bothered.

    • (On Holidays)
      David: I think, in general, there are two types of people: those who get up early and want to look at cathedrals, and those who never set an alarm and think, "I'll wake up when my body wants me to wake up. Even if it's 4pm. And I don't care if there is a pyramid over there - if I'm not inclined to go and look at it, I won't." I take holidays to unwind, not to learn.

    • (On the Royal Family)
      David: I'm not a Republican. I'm perfectly happy with the monarchy as a thing to laugh at in the press, and it doesn't do any harm, and I'm sure it attracts tourists.

    • David: I find tipping very embarrassing and I just try to tip whatever the calculated amount is. I wish it were just included in the price. I think a lot of British people feel embarrassed about tipping. It's like saying: 'I now give you, my man, an extra bit of money on top of the money I actually owe because to me money is nothing, and yet for you, this pound may transform your life.'

    • (On his morning routine)
      David: I usually roll out of bed about 9ish and do two things: read my e-mails and check the BBC news website to make sure the world hasn't ended. If it hasn't, I'll turn on the telly and go for a piss.

    • David: I'm sort of all right on my own. I don't want it to be for ever, but the fundamental thing is I'm all right alone.

    • David: I'd love to write a novel but I haven't got an idea for one. I don't even know what an idea for one looks like.

    • David: I've only ever bought one album for myself and it was "But Seriously" by Phil Collins, and if there's a better reason never to buy another album then I'd like to hear it.

    • (on the best kind of holidays he has had)
      David: We go to the Dordogne for a week, hire a house and just spend the time playing table tennis, swimming or sitting in the shade with a hat on, with a good book and a beer - just pissing the days away, really.

    • (on the Apple advertisements)
      David: We got a lot of stick for doing the Apple commercial, but I can't see the problem. It's just what a lot of actors do and it's not like Apple are producing baby-killing machines. They're a respectable company. What's the big deal?

    • David: I no doubt drink more than the recommended units per week, but I'm a shy southern-English person and it makes me feel normal. At least I'm not at the brandy-on-cornflakes stage.

    • (on "Doctor Who")
      David: I'd love to be in Doctor Who. I'd quite like to be Doctor Who and that's the trouble. But I don't think I'd stand much chance. Nowadays they have to be attractive. In the old Doctor Who you couldn't ever imagine any of them playing James Bond but in the new Doctor Who they're all attractive and you could imagine them being James Bond.

    • (on what lie he would like to be told about him)
      David: I would like the rumour to be spread that I'm immensely physically strong. I think everyone knows I'm immensely mentally strong but it'd be nice for people to think I'm physically threatening. However, there's a good chance that some tw*t would come looking for a fight and I would lose because I'm not immensely strong.

    • (on Christians at University)
      David: The one thing you have in your head when you arrive is that you have got to try and make friends. It's the first time you've had to make friends for years, so obviously you jump at anyone who says, 'We're all meeting in my room for tea.' I spent a few days thinking maybe just everyone is still Christian in Britain.

    • (on what makes a good sitcom)
      David: Fundamentally I think the underlying similarity between sitcoms that are successful are natural and a good thing, because the kind of things that make a good sitcom don't really change much over time. They're about people feeling like they've failed and being trapped and fearful of things getting worse and aspirational about things getting better. We were about to use those classic constants without being accused of being unoriginal because the look and feel of it was so original.

    • (on comparing himself to his character on "Peep Show")
      David: I do think Mark and I have certain things in common. But hopefully I am a less worried, less angry and less upset person overall.

    • (on winning BAFTAs for both "That Mitchell and Webb Look" (2007) and "Peep Show" (2008)
      David: It's very nice to have won for both. The difference is in our sketch show that Rob and I write a lot of it as well as perform it.

    • (on why he gets on with comedy partner, Robert Webb)
      David: We have hundreds of bad habits, but you've got to try and play nicely. We've got a lot of money riding on all this, if we have a massive row then we're out of a job!

    • David: I was at school I either wanted to be a comedian-stroke-actor or Prime Minister. But I didn't admit that to other people, I said I wanted to be a barrister and that made my parents very happy. I didn't admit I wanted to be a comedian until I came to university, met a lot of other people who wanted to be comedians, and realised it was an OK thing to say.

    • David: (on his partnership with Robert Webb) I have no idea what my life would be like without him. We both took our attempts to become comedians very seriously; there have been many times when it all felt pointless and like it was never going to happen, but Rob was always there at those points and we got through them together. He can be grumpy and he can be impatient, but he's also a very loyal friend, who is very solid when it counts.

    • David: (on Robert Webb) We first met at an audition for the Footlights pantomime of Cinderella in 1993: Rob got to play Prince Charming and I was "Tom the Page Boy" - the first of many comedy nerds.

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