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Jen Kirkman’s top ten stand-up comedians

The US stand-up and ‘Chelsea Lately’ star reveals her favourite comics


‘I love to watch comedians do silly things and keep going with them. I could never pull that off.’


‘I watched Judy for hours as a comic starting out in New York City. I’ve got a soft spot for those of us who imitate our moms.’


‘I heard that “suck my dick” was a joke she told back in her open mic days and nothing is better than watching her get laughs on an HBO special for it.’


‘I watched this video when I started out in stand-up and realised stories about personal failure is exactly what I relate to most.’


‘This clip about “Sesame Street” is just pure observational silliness. We forget how silly Dave is. I will always laugh at, “Bitch, I live in a fucking trash can. Nobody’s helping me.”’


‘For when I want to laugh and also kind of get mad and nod my head in agreement.’


‘Sam was the first stand-up I ever saw on TV when I was eight, and it was the first time that hearing yelling made me laugh.’


‘She’ll always be my favourite. A woman discussing how it’s a man’s world from a feminist perspective and getting laughs on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1967 – you have to be funny to do that.’


‘You can hear the audience finally decide it’s okay to laugh during Chris Rock’s “Niggas vs Black People” routine. It’s Chris’s truth and this comes from a real place for him. It’s risky that people won’t get it. And that’s comedy.’


‘This clip shows what every straight woman instinctually feels. I wish I thought to say it first, but it’s funnier when a man admits it.’

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Ahead of her trip to London, we asked Massachusetts-born stand-up and writer Jen Kirkman to run down her ten favourite comedians. As well as her role as a panellist on ‘Chelsea Lately’ in the States, Kirman’s a regular contributor to fellow comic Paul F Tompkins’s laidback podcast ‘The Pod F Tompkast’ who, funnily enough, doesn’t appear in her top ten…

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