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Robert Webb: How Not to Be a Boy

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Photo Clementine Ford and Robert Webb on stage

Clementine Ford and Robert Webb — Photo: Jon Tjhia

In Australia, Robert Webb is probably best known as the iconic petulant manchild Jeremy in Peep Show, the award-winning sitcom in which he co-stars with longtime Mitchell & Webb collaborator David Mitchell. But in the background (okay, maybe a little in the foreground) of his long and successful career in comedy, TV, theatre and radio, Webb has been grappling with the meaning of modern manhood. It’s this self-examination that forms the backbone of his recent book, How Not to Be a Boy.

Part memoir and part clarion call, How Not to Be a Boy sees Webb reflecting on his life and early career – from shy, empathetic boy to philandering, arrogant young man, and into fatherhood – as he learns and unlearns the so-called rules of manhood.

With host Clementine Ford, Robert Webb visits Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre to discuss his search for answers – and how the questions of masculinity revealed themselves through his encounters with grief and expectation; with women and men.

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