'What YouTube was invented for...' | Luke Toulson chooses his Perfect Playlist

'What YouTube was invented for...'

Luke Toulson chooses his Perfect Playlist

Demetri Martin on Rove

Whenever I meet someone who says something like, 'I don’t really find stand-up comedy funny.' I direct them to this clip. Every joke is beautiful, brilliant and perfect.

Gary Gulman:No Can Defend

In 2011 I was in New York to see Louie CK. around the time that he was recording Live at the Beacon Theater. The night before I went to the Comedy Cellar, made famous by his show, Louie. Most of the comics on that night were unremarkable, but Gary Gulman blew my socks off. I can listen to ‘No Can Defend’ on repeat.


When I was in a double-act, Cowards were the sketch group I held above all others, at a time when the sketch circuit was particularly healthy, with We Are Klang, Penny Spubb’s and The Penny Dreadfuls.

Cowards now appear to have been a dream-team of writer/performers who have created so much brilliance, both separately and together. Stefan Golaszewski's 2008 Fringe show Stefan Golaszewski Speaks about a Girl He Once Loved is a personal favourite. Why only three episodes hidden away on BBC Four?

Hugh Laurie

In my book, Hugh Laurie should be considered one of the all-time greats. Everything he has ever done has cracked me up. House was never gonna work for me, cos I still found him hilarious. He romps away with Blackadder the Third and Blackadder Goes Fort’ (how different the former would have been had Tim McInnerney been cast as the Prince Regent as originally intended). And of course in A Bit of Fry & Laurie. Especially series 4.

Adam Buxton: You Say We Pay

This clip is what YouTube was invented for. It has been watched over a million times. I may be responsible for about half of those.

Amy Schumer

Everything Amy Schumer does is amazing. She’s my current Hugh Laurie. Her Last Fuckable Day and Football Town Nights are simply brilliant sketches, but I just love her speech at the Glamour Awards. She can do no wrong.

Luke Toulson: Grandpa, Hitler and Me is on at 3.45pm at The Stand 5

Published: 26 Aug 2015

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Today's comedy-on demand picks


The comic return to his beloved Resonance FM for a new live late night show. Running four nights a week at midnight till the end of August, details are typically scant - but it kicks off tonight.

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... including a streaming stand-up show from Judah Friedlander and the new low budget British comedy movie Uncle Ted.

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