How Not to be a Boy: Robert Webb challenges the macho stereotypes he grew up with

Comedian Robert Webb joins Tom Power live in the q studio to talk about his new memoir, How Not To Be A Boy.
Robert Webb with Tom Power in the q studio in Toronto, Ont. (Vivian Rashotte/CBC)

Comedian Robert Webb grew up in a blue collar village in the North of England during the '70s and '80s, surrounded by a lot of traditionally macho guys, like his dad and older brothers. He spent his youth planning the ways he wanted to be different from them. For instance, he wanted to go to Cambridge University and become an actor and a writer.

These days, you might recognize Webb as one half of Mitchell and Webb, the comedy team behind the cult classic sit-com, Peep Show and a new series called Back. But Webb's promise to himself that he wouldn't ever behave like the men he grew up around was hard to keep. He talks about this a lot of in his new memoir, How Not To Be A Boy, which is out now. Today, he joins Tom Power live in the q studio to explain a bit more about his book.

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