The fun­ni­est thing Deb­o­rah Frances-White

The Guilty Fem­i­nist pod­cast host on the things that make her laugh the most

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The fun­ni­est standup I’ve ever seen

A tie be­tween two Aus­tralians: Tim Minchin’s Ready for This? and Hannah Gadsby’s com­ing-out story, which I saw in Ed­in­burgh years ago. She’s a big deal now but back then there were only seven peo­ple in the au­di­ence. I roared alone in the dark and in­tro­duced my­self at the end, ex­plain­ing to her that we were friends now.

The fun­ni­est TV show I’ve ever seen

Fleabag. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a stone-cold com­edy ge­nius.

The fun­ni­est heckle I’ve ever had

“I can have mul­ti­ple or­gasms!”, said mul­ti­ple times, as if to prove her abil­ity to do things in mul­ti­ples.

The fun­ni­est film I’ve ever seen

No one knows this film in the UK but in the US and Aus­tralia there’s a cult clas­sic called Bet­ter Off Dead in which the teenage John Cu­sack loses his girl­friend and ends up in a down­hill ski­ing com­pe­ti­tion. If any­one’s ever skied past you shout­ing: “I want my two dol­lars!”, this movie is the rea­son.

The fun­ni­est hair­style I’ve ever had

Right be­fore I did a TEDx talk some­one cut my hair above my chin and died it red. I wasn’t watch­ing be­cause I was tex­ting. I looked like a squir­rel blow­ing up a bal­loon.

The fun­ni­est num­ber

Two. You laugh more freely and with less deco­rum with your part­ner or best mate than any­where else in the world.

The fun­ni­est book I’ve ever read

Un­der­foot in Show Busi­ness by He­lene Hanff, the mem­oirs of an un­suc­cess­ful young play­wright liv­ing in New York City in the early 1940s de­ter­mined to crash the the­atre. It made me think that fail­ing in show­busi­ness would be more fun than suc­ceed­ing in ac­tual busi­ness.

The fun­ni­est joke I’ve ever heard

The co­me­dian Christian Tal­bot has a gag: 25 years on, rhythm is a chore­og­ra­pher. That’s a lovely one-liner, isn’t it?

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