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My ten favourite comedy movies: ‘Catastrophe’ creator Sharon Horgan

Tom Huddleston

We all know January is the bleakest month of the year, which is why we at Time Out chose to publish our updated, brand-spanking 100 best comedy movies list last month, bringing a little light and laughter back into the world. This exhaustive, definitive list, voted for by comedians, filmmakers and comedy experts, was first published back in 2011. But after five years we felt like it needed a refresh, so we tapped up a few of the hottest new comedians, tallied up the numbers and came up with a fresh new list (and, we reckon, a way better one).

One of the coolest names on our contributors’ list has to be London’s own Sharon Horgan, the Hackney-born comedian and actor who brought the world ‘Pulling’ back in 2006, and returned triumphantly with ‘Catastrophe’ last year. The new sitcom, in which she co-stars with American comedian Rob Delaney, was an instant critical smash and has been commissioned for a new series in 2016. But where does this author of razor-sharp gags look for inspiration? Here’s Sharon’s list of ten favourite comedy movies:

1. The Heartbreak Kid (Elaine May, 1972)
2. Tootsie (Sydney Pollack, 1982)
3. The Jerk (Carl Reiner, 1979)
4. Dumb and Dumber (Peter & Bobby Farrelly, 1994)
5. Withnail & I (Bruce Robinson, 1987)
6. The War of the Roses (Danny DeVito, 1989)
7. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
8. Trading Places (John Landis, 1983)
9. His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940)
10. The Cable Guy (Ben Stiller, 1996)


Take a look at our list of the 100 best comedy films ever made


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