An Evening with Robert Webb
Don’t cry, don’t fancy other boys, do drink beer.
Robert Webb, AKA Jez in Channel 4’s multi-award-winning Peep Show and the other half of That Mitchell and Webb Look has first hand experience of being a boy. From a working class household in Lincolnshire, Webb was the school weed, the runt of the litter of boyhood. His arms were like straws, his ribs like ‘the notes of a toy xylophone made of twigs.' One day, he hoped, he would evolve into a man of few words with a square jaw, a side parting, and a strong social presence. Instead, he became a comic genius and fount of all wisdom: ‘sometimes you’re not the Luke Skywalker of your life: you’re actually Darth Vadar.'
Part memoir, part call to arms, How Not to Be a Boy explores the relationships that made Webb the man he is today: his parent's separation, the death of his mother during his A Levels, his apprenticeship with Cambridge Footlights, his marriage and the birth of his two daughters.
Learn how not to be a boy from someone who lived to tell the tale.
About Robert Webb:
Robert Webb has been a male for his whole life. As such, he has been a boy in a world of fighting, pointless posturing, and the insistence that he stop crying. As an adult man, he has enjoyed better luck, both in his work as the Webb half of Mitchell & Webb in the Sony award-winning That Mitchell & Webb Sound and the Bafta award-winning That Mitchell & Webb Look, and as permanent man-boy Jeremy in the acclaimed Peep Show. He also makes regular appearances on the West End stage, including a highly-praised performance as Bertie Wooster in the acclaimed West End run of Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense. A brand new show starring Mitchell & Webb, Back is set to air on Channel 4 this autumn. Robert has been a columnist for the Daily Telegraph and the New Statesman, and now lives in London with his wife and daughters, where he continues trying to be funny and to fumble beyond general expectations of manhood.