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Monday, October 16, 2017

Tim Key: from living-room poetry jams to comedy ubiquity by Rachel Aroesti

Best known as Alan Partridge's Sidekick Simon, the self-proclaimed Single White Slut has found a keen audience for his weird, unsettling comedy"I didn't have an elaborate cover story that I'…

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Mae Martin: ‘Waiting for Guffman is the funniest film I’ve ever seen’ by Rachel Aroesti

The Canadian standup and actor on the things that make her laugh the most, from suede waistcoats to PG WodehouseThis is so hard. I feel sick. OK, I’m going to say Tom Allen taking out a dr…

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Deborah Frances-White: ‘Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a genius’ by Rachel Aroesti

The Guilty Feminist podcast host on the things that make her laugh the most, from Tim Minchin to Better Off DeadA tie between two Australians: Tim Minchin’s Ready for This? and Hannah Gads…

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Cariad Lloyd: ‘The funniest heckle I’ve had came from Nancy Dell’Olio’ by Rachel Aroesti

The actor, podcaster and improv star on the things that make her laugh the mostBroad City. It was the first time I saw female characters allowed to be just funny: not having to facilitate pl…

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Alex Horne: ‘You’ve Been Framed is the funniest TV show I’ve ever seen’ by Rachel Aroesti

The comedian and Taskmaster creator on the things that make him laugh the most, from Tim Key to The Blues BrothersEvery time I see Tommy Tiernan talking about sex or nothing or God I howl wi…

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Mark Steel: ‘Richard Pryor changed everything for me’ by Rachel Aroesti

The standup stalwart and TV host lets us in on the things that make him laugh the most, from The Simpsons to Monty PythonI watched the Monty Python spam sketch when it first went out – tha…

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Ivo Graham: 'Shaving my head was meant to give me an air of mystery and menace. It did not’ by Rachel Aroesti

The up-and-coming standup whiz spills the beans about the things that make him laugh the most, from Lucky Jim to A Fish Called WandaHenry Paker at Edinburgh in 2010. Him, the surrealist mave…

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Simon Brodkin: ‘I ate some off tuna and ended up in an ambulance’ by Rachel Aroesti

The prankster character comic behind Lee Nelson dishes the dirt on the things that make him laugh the mostJerry Sadowitz. His seething, bile-fuelled, offend-all-and-don’t-give-a-fig approa…

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Ingrid Oliver: ‘I thought I’d cheer myself up by dressing like a Bavarian barmaid’ by Rachel Aroesti

The actor and sketch show comic opens up about the things that make her laugh the most, from The Thick of It to German nipplesI love the Nazi sketch by Mitchell and Webb. Two Nazis worrying …

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Rhys James: ‘All my favourite books are written by Steve Martin’ by Rachel Aroesti

The angst-mining millennial standup on the things that make him laugh the most, from Frank Skinner to tight vestsFrank Skinner’s routine on jealousy changed how I viewed standup. It has ev…

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Phil Nichol: ‘There’s something strangely emotive about vomiting’ by Rachel Aroesti

The Edinburgh award-winning Canadian comic on the things that make him laugh the most, from suede clogs to Phil KayPhil Kay once turned a 700-strong crowd in the Queens Hall, Edinburgh into …

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Harriet Kemsley: ‘I really enjoy the meninist movement’ by Rachel Aroesti

The standup and podcaster on the things that make her laugh the most, from Sunil Patel to Curb Your EnthusiasmKatherine Ryan is the queen. I opened for her on tour and she would just kill ev…

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Tim Key: ‘Man Bites Dog is the funniest film I’ve ever seen’ by Rachel Aroesti

The eccentric poet, standup and actor on the things that make him laugh the most Continue reading...

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Sofie Hagen: ‘I was a chubby, white four-year-old, talking like Will Smith’ by Rachel Aroesti

The Danish comedian and podcast host on the things that make her laugh the most, from Will Smith to The Green ButchersIrish comic Alison Spittle. She will candidly talk about peeing in a pin…

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Joseph Morpurgo: ‘I once got dive-bombed by a bird on stage’ by Rachel Aroesti

The cult character comic on the things that make him laugh the most, from Corbyn kebabs to Hans TeeuwenThe [00s MTV sketch show] Human Giant deserves more shine than it gets. My favourites a…

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Sarah Kendall: ‘I once dreamed that I grew a penis and it was an arthritic finger’ by Rachel Aroesti

The Aussie comic on the things that make her laugh the most, from tomatoes on toast to 30 RockMy favourite would have to be Ellen DeGeneres’s HBO specials. She hugely influenced me when I …

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Stuart Goldsmith: ‘The funniest thing? A toddler falling over at speed’ by Rachel Aroesti

The Comedian’s Comedian host and comic on the things that make him laugh the most, from Arrested Development to the South Park movieI saw Brian Gittins a few weeks ago and don’t think I…

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Joe Lycett: ‘Will & Grace was my favourite show growing up’ by Rachel Aroesti

The comedian and Radio 4 host on the things that make him laugh the most, from Smack the Pony to his barberI remember thinking I’d snapped a rib laughing at Tom Stade at Birmingham’s Gle…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Alfie Brown: ‘John Gordillo made me laugh so much it became disruptive’ by Rachel Aroesti

The inflammatory standup on the things that make him laugh the most, from Broad City to Victoria WoodJohn Gordillo in Kentish Town. His routine about Zippos Circus made me laugh so much it b…

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Natasia Demetriou: ‘Best In Show is the funniest film I’ve ever seen’ by Rachel Aroesti

The People Time actor and character comic on the things that make her laugh the mostJohn Early. His body and brain were made for the world’s entertainment and pleasure. Continue reading...

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Limmy: ‘1922 by Stephen King is the funniest thing I've ever read’ by Rachel Aroesti

From baked beans to Tim & Eric, sketch show creator and Vine enthusiast Brian Limond reveals the things that make him laugh the mostTim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. I saw it after …

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Katy Brand: ‘Victoria Wood's Two Soups is the funniest sketch ever’ by Rachel Aroesti

The comedian and sketch-show doyenne on the things that make her laugh the mostSimon Munnery’s The League Against Tedium in Edinburgh in the late 1990s. I had never seen anything like it; …

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Joel Dommett: ‘Adrian Mole is the funniest book I’ve ever read’ by Rachel Aroesti

The comedian and I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! runner-up on the things that make him laugh the mostI remember seeing Frank Skinner do a set at Banana Cabaret in Balham about a yea…

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Danny Baker: ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000 nearly killed me’ by Rachel Aroesti

From crisps to his co-host Danny Kelly, the long-serving radio personality reveals the things that make him laugh the mostNot exactly standup, but Monty Python at Drury Lane in 1974. I had t…

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Rich Hall: ‘Albert Brooks is one of the funniest comedians ever’ by Rachel Aroesti

From squid pelts to neurotic standup, the misanthropic US comic, writer and musician reveals the things that make him laugh the mostKevin Meaney, the recently departed Boston comedian, had t…

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Tom Rosenthal: 'I thought it would be cool to dye my hair into a Mongolian flag' by Rachel Aroesti

The standup and Friday Night Dinner star on the things that make him laugh the mostDave Chappelle on Sesame Street. Continue reading...

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Andy Parsons: ‘Being bald seems to be very funny to toddlers’ by Rachel Aroesti

The gruff standup comic and consummate panel show pro on the things that make him laugh the mostI am a big fan of Dr Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Sadly i…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

James Acaster: 'The Fast Show perfected the art of repetition' by Rachel Aroesti

From the cult sketch show to an imaginary Johnny Vegas metal band, the master observationalist dishes the things that make him laugh the mostThe Fast Show. Many sketch shows have tried to re…

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Emma Sidi: ‘Burning Love is the funniest TV show I've ever seen’ by Rachel Aroesti

The character comic and star of BBC3’s Pls Like on what makes her laugh the mostTony Law is probably the one who makes me laugh the most without knowing quite how I got there, which is a b…

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Russell Kane: ‘The funniest heckle I've ever had? Nick Grimshaw!' by Rachel Aroesti

The flamboyant standup on the things that make him laugh the most, from cult books and Tim Vine to reindeer’s blood pancakes“Fuck off Nick Grimshaw”. Wherever I go, people angrily insi…

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Seann Walsh: ‘I wrote a line for The Thick Of It – it's probably my proudest moment’ by Rachel Aroesti

The fun-loving standup and panel show regular on the things that make him laugh the most, from Partridge to sausageThe Thick Of It. “Wake up and smell the cock,” is one of the best lines…

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