QI panellist, donator to the Museum of Curiosity
 and contributor to the QI Annuals 


It’s impossible to imagine QI now without David Mitchell. He first appeared on the show in the C series in 2005 and has featured at least once in every series since. His party piece is the ‘Oh come off it!’ rant, but he’s also an excellent team player, as his participation in one of the funniest QI moments ever – the eating of giant tortoises in the G series – showed. Nor is he averse to courting the klaxon; he set off a string of three over the naming of the First World War during the I series.
 
David enjoyed - in his own words - a ‘staggeringly middle class’ upbringing that left him with ‘no unresolved childhood issues’. Reading history at Cambridge, he became president of the Footlights, where he met his comedic foil, Robert Webb. The pair performed in seven series of the groundbreaking sitcom Peep Show, which won David a BAFTA for Best Comedy Performance in 2009. Yhey have written and directed four series of the sketch show, That Mitchell & Webb Look, which also won a BAFTA in 2007.
 
David is co-host of satirical news show, 10 O'Clock Live, a panel show regular on Have I Got News for You and Mock the Week, and a team captain on Would I Lie to You? On radio, he hosts The Unbelievable Truth and is a regular guest on I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and Just a Minute. He writes a column for the Observer and his online rant-fest, David Mitchell’s SoapBox is one of the most popular comedy downloads. The only panel show he hasn’t done is Never Mind the Buzzcocks, as he ‘knows absolutely nothing about music’.
 
In 2012, David wed poker star and fellow QI guest, Victoria Coren, and published his endlessly entertaining autobiography, Backstory: A Memoir. Given all this, surely the time is ripe for the David Mitchell souvenir dolls to go into production. For those who don’t remember the Mitchell and Webb sketch to which we refer, the Mitchell doll had ‘a 28,000-word vocabulary and three settings: trenchant wit, articulate outrage and quick-fire panel show mode’.
 
Which is why we ask him back so often.

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DAVID MITCHELL

Fish don't blink. Which is the main eye defence. If you're ever trying to get the eye out of a fish and it blinks... it may be
a lion.

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STEPHEN FRY

Once again David, your´╗┐ relentless, urgent, slightly worried logic is making this nonsense.

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DAVID MITCHELL

Leonardo Da Vinci only did a drawing of a helicopter. I mean, I did drawings of space ships when I was about five, and I'd be embarrassed if someone said I'd invented interstellar travel.