Top comedians choose 2019's funniest moment

Top comedians choose 2019's funniest moment

Lucy Pearman / credit: Ed Moore

Featuring picks from Olga Koch, Garrett Millerick, Liza Treyger, John Kearns, Lucy Pearman and Suzi Ruffell

We've already picked the comedians who made us laugh this year. Now it's the turn of funny folk we liked in 2019 as they choose the things that made them giggle the most during the last 12 months.

Olga Koch

I will forever remember 2019 as the year that we got to see doe-eyed doll Lily-Rose Depp kissing porcelain prince Timothée Chalamet on a boat. If you don't know who these people are: that's OK, I didn't either. I think they are both models / actors / beautiful sentient mannequins: it's genuinely easier to list the jobs they don't do. In September they were spending some time on a yacht and a photo surfaced of them kissing. Dear reader, I am not ashamed to admit that it's been my phone background ever since. It's not that they don't know how to kiss; it's that it feels like we have all collectively been doing kissing wrong. It looks like they are both trying to swallow each other, which is simultaneously the funniest and the hottest thing I've ever seen in my life. Young love is beautiful, especially when it looks like the beginning of a body swap comedy, where the two characters exchange souls through deep Frenching.
Olga Koch: If/Then is on tour from Wednesday 12 February–Sunday 15 March.

Top comedians choose 2019's funniest moment

Olga Koch / credit: James Deacon

Garrett Millerick

I watched The Art of Self-Defense on a plane recently. I hadn't heard anything about it but I like Jesse Eisenberg so I gave it a bash. It's absolutely brilliant. A real broadside. There's a scene in it where he's learning a language that's just sublime. I laughed so much I was getting odd looks from the cabin crew. Haven't laughed like that at a film in years. It's funny, inventive and dark. Seek it out and round off 2019 with a treat.
Garrett Millerick: Smile is on tour from Monday 20 January–Friday 29 May; Sunflower is released as an album on Tuesday 21 January on 800 Pound Gorilla Records.

Liza Treyger

The thing that made me laugh the most would be Wanda Sykes Netflix comedy special Not Normal. So funny and smart and perfect: the work of a master with one of the best Trump jokes ever written.
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Top comedians choose 2019's funniest moment

Garrett Millerick / credit: Matthew Hall

John Kearns

The hardest I've laughed this year was when I played Father Christmas who had sadly become a victim of identity theft. In an exclusive interview with comic Mat Ewins, I explained to a bewitched audience how I accosted the charlatan in my grotto. I had noticed he always watched the entrance and so I surprised him by coming through the grotto's exit. However, he was so good at his job, I'd get on his knee, tell him what I wanted for Christmas and then leave. This chat went on for about ten minutes, in which time the audience didn't know what I was talking about, Mat wasn't quite sure, and in the end neither was I. I was delirious, caught in a loop I couldn't escape from impersonating someone who had been impersonated and who was bloody cross about it. That, or in Amsterdam seeing a tea maid attached to a gimp mask.
John Kearns: Double Take and Fade Away is on tour from Thursday 20 February–Sunday 22 March.

Top comedians choose 2019's funniest moment

Suzi Ruffell / credit: Jiksaw

Lucy Pearman

The confidence this little legend has singing this song without knowing the words is incredible. In fact, I really prefer this version so I'm going to learn it and sing it every day. I love him.
Lucy Pearman can be seen in Harry Hill's Clubnite, available on All 4.

Suzi Ruffell

I've seen some wonderful stand-up this year, watched a few really great comedy films, and read a couple of funny books. However, the funniest thing that I've seen this year was an episode of Just for Laughs where a woman asks strangers if she can sit on their shoulders to retrieve something stuck in a tree. She then plays havoc with a fart machine. It's hilarious. Get on YouTube now. My brother and I laughed until we cried. I guess I'm high-brow.
Suzi Ruffell: Dance Like Everyone's Watching in on tour until Saturday 10 October.

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Suzi Ruffell: Dance Like Everyone's Watching

  • 4 stars

The comedian discusses her currently happy state of being, and whether comedy can only arise out of misery.

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

Thu 28 Oct

£15.40 (£13.20) / 01297 442138

John Kearns: Double Take and Fade Away

The only ever winner of both the Best Show and Best Newcomer Edinburgh Comedy Awards presents his latest show.

Garrett Millerick: Smile

New comedy show from comedian and writer Garrett Millerick.

Olga Koch: If/Then

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee shares a tale of love through the medium of computer programming.

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