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Perfect Playlist

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 27 October 2014

'The master of observation and delivery' | Hatty Ashdown chooses her Perfect Playlist

'The master of observation and delivery'

Hatty Ashdown chooses her Perfect Playlist

27/10/2014 … Mrs Merton: Debbie McGee This one probably doesn’t surprise anyone who’s aware of my ‘nan child’ past, she's a genius chat show host and completely timeless, this could be on TV today and still really work.

Wed 15 October 2014

'I find arrogant arseholes really funny' | Fergus Craig chooses his comedy favourites

'I find arrogant arseholes really funny'

Fergus Craig chooses his comedy favourites

15/10/2014 … I’d first like to make it clear that Chris Morris, Reeves and Mortimer and Alan Partridge are OBVIOUSLY my comedy favourites but they’re everyone else’s as well so are therefore disqualified.

Tue 07 October 2014

I’ve got as good a sense of humour as the next Prime Minister.... | Margaret Thatcher Queen Of Soho chooses her comedy favourites

I’ve got as good a sense of humour as the next Prime Minister....

Margaret Thatcher Queen Of Soho chooses her comedy favourites

07/10/2014 … Are You Being Served, Sir?I do love classic British comedy, Dad’s Army, Hi-De-Hi, Boys from the Black Stuff, but my favourite has to be Are You Being Served? Not only do I enjoy it for its celebration of consumerism but also for the wonderful Mr Humphries.

Tue 30 September 2014

Dudley Moore is my hero | Kev Orkian chooses his Perfect Playlist of comedy favourites

Dudley Moore is my hero

Kev Orkian chooses his Perfect Playlist of comedy favourites

30/09/2014 … National Lampoon's European VacationThe comedy was always really innocent, yet had a wonderful edge to it.

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.