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Here comedians choose half-a-dozen or so of their favourite comedy moments, illustrated with clips. Whether it's just the things that make them laugh or important influences on their careers, these selections reveal what makes their comedy brains tick.

Mon 15 September 2014

The one comic who never bombs... | Al Lubel chooses his comedy favourites

The one comic who never bombs...

Al Lubel chooses his comedy favourites

15/09/2014 … Woody AllenI first listened to this routine when, in the late 1980s, I bought a CD of Woody Allen’s stand-up act from the 1960s.

Tue 26 August 2014

I want to be Dick Van Dyke when I grow up | Mat Ricardo chooses his comedy favourties

I want to be Dick Van Dyke when I grow up

Mat Ricardo chooses his comedy favourties

26/08/2014 … David LettermanHe used to, sometimes, introduce himself as 'Your TV pal, Dave', which is exactly what he became.

Tue 19 August 2014

Wild characters with twisted scenes that ring with pathos | The Noise Next Door choose their comedy favourites
© Steve Ullathorne
© Steve Ullathorne

Wild characters with twisted scenes that ring with pathos

The Noise Next Door choose their comedy favourites

19/08/2014 … Whose Line Is It Anyway? It's eye-rollingly obvious but Whose Line… was the first place we saw improv, it's what inspired us to give it a go, and it was the template we lovingly mimicked when we first started performing improv shows.

Mon 18 August 2014

No one knows about this – and that's a tragedy | Andrew O'Neill chooses his comedy favourites

No one knows about this – and that's a tragedy

Andrew O'Neill chooses his comedy favourites

18/08/2014 … Bad News ‘I'm not getting back in the van until you say we're 'eavy metal.

Sat 16 August 2014

He's everything I'd aspire to be... | Rachel Parris chooses her comedy favourites

He's everything I'd aspire to be...

Rachel Parris chooses her comedy favourites

16/08/2014 … Tom Lehrer in concertTom Lehrer is my favourite musical comedian, and I want to be him when I grow up.

Fri 15 August 2014

I became quite obsessed with Michael Crawford... | Nick Mohammed chooses his comedy favourites

I became quite obsessed with Michael Crawford...

Nick Mohammed chooses his comedy favourites

15/08/2014 … Some Mothers Do 'Ave EmWithout doubt my favourite sitcom as a child.

Thu 14 August 2014

'Some of the best lines ever written for a woman. Delivered by a man.' | Susan Calman chooses her comedy favourites

'Some of the best lines ever written for a woman. Delivered by a man.'

Susan Calman chooses her comedy favourites

14/08/2014 … An Audience with Victoria WoodLike many comics of my generation, Victoria Wood was, and remains, a huge influence on my writing.

Wed 13 August 2014

Funny, dark and hugely moving | Suzi Ruffell chooses her comedy favourites

Funny, dark and hugely moving

Suzi Ruffell chooses her comedy favourites

13/08/2014 … I found compiling this list really hard, on a different day I might have given you six completely different clips but for today it is these: Victoria WoodI have always been a huge fan of Victoria Wood.