Pete Firman: ‘I have a thing for gifs of people falling over’

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The funniest standup I’ve ever seen …

In person? Tim Vine. It was so relentlessly funny, I ached afterwards from laughing so hard.

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The funniest sketch I’ve ever seen …

Morecambe and Wise singing Exactly Like You with Tom Jones. Absolutely hilarious. Tom Jones seems to be enjoying it all as much as us, so much so that he corpses during the song.

The funniest book I’ve ever read …

The Puffin Joke Book, my bible as a kid. So many laughs – and it’s illustrated by Quentin Blake.

The funniest TV show I’ve ever seen …

Curb Your Enthusiasm makes me laugh out loud and I rarely do that. Larry and Leon are one of TV’s great double acts.

The funniest film I’ve ever seen …

Planes, Trains and Automobiles might be the best comedy film of all time.

The funniest person I know …

All my funny friends are comedians, so how can I answer that and not get bombarded with loads of passive-aggressive WhatsApps?

The funniest heckle I’ve ever had …

I was once doing a magic trick on stage and at the end a bloke stood up and shouted: “BURN HIM!” That got a chuckle.

The funniest meal I’ve ever eaten …

That luncheon meat that looks like a clown’s face.

The funniest thing that shouldn’t be funny …

I have a thing for gifs of people falling over, getting hit in the balls, tripping up etc. I post one every Monday morning on my Twitter.

The funniest number …

I was once given room 789 at a hotel and did the “Why was 6 scared of 7?” gag at reception. Just got stared at, so I conclude that numbers aren’t funny.

The funniest word …

Shitsticks. It’s like an edgier fiddlesticks.

The funniest joke I’ve ever heard …

A skeleton walks into a bar and orders a beer and a mop.

Pete Firman is on tour 14 August to 6 November; starts Cambridge

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