They haven’t coined a contagious catchphrase or created outlandishly memorable caricatures, as Little Britain did. They haven’t produced a single work of unalloyed genius like The Office. Nor are they dazzling, off-the-cuff innovators like Eddie Izzard or Sacha Baron Cohen.
The Telegraph later attempts to explain their cultish appeal: “Off-camera, they are amiable, witty, down-to-earth thirtysomethings with no burning desire to be rich and famous just for the sake of it. Rather like their audience, in fact.” And in regards to Little Britain, do Mitchell and Webb consider that other British comedy duo, Matt Lucas and David Walliams, rivals? Mitchell waves off any comparisons or competition, saying, “I’m quite glad we haven’t exploded the way Little Britain has.”
I think we’re all just mesmerized by David Mitchell’s freaky, manga cartoon eyes, which are used to great effect in the UK version of those ubiquitous Apple commercials.
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