Imran Yusuf: ‘Jasper Carrott has a lovely vulnerability about him’

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The funniest standup I’ve ever seen …

Jasper Carrott: he had a lovely vulnerability about him that only the best comics have.

The funniest sketch I’ve ever seen …

In the early 2000s, there was a sketch group called the Runaway Lovers. The main guy John Roy did a spoof of Top Gear called Mad Gear: he was so funny I kept disrupting their gags by laughing too hard.

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The funniest TV show I’ve ever seen …

It’s a close one between Father Ted and Big Train.

The funniest film I’ve ever seen …

Happy Gilmore. I had so much fun watching it repeatedly for seven weeks in the mid 90s with my cousins in the US.

The funniest heckle I’ve ever had …

A man in the audience told me he was a builder from Poland. I said that Polish people have good reputations for building and that he must be very good, too. He said no, he wasn’t; he was so bad people thought he was British.

The funniest item of clothing I’ve ever owned …

Many of the T-shirts I bought when I was a teenager are sized XXL because I believed I would one day grow into them.

The funniest meal I’ve ever eaten …

… was at a kosher restaurant in north London filled with Orthodox Jews. When I walked in, the owner pointed at me and yelled: “You, you’re one of them!” Rather alarmed, I asked him what he meant and he said: “You, you’re an Arsenal supporter.” I have never felt more insulted in my life.

The funniest thing that shouldn’t be funny …

Falling over. Particularly when it happens to someone who deserves it.

The funniest number …

Over 9,000! (Those who know, know.)

The funniest word ...

Doodoo. It describes the quality of something really bad and is the most fun to say.

The funniest joke I’ve ever heard …

Instead of asking what the weather was like, someone asked me what it was like outside. I said: “Well, it’s massive and goes on for miles and miles” – Matt Welcome.

The BBC Radio 4 pilot Imran Yusuf: Relabelled is due for broadcast on 17 January. More info at imranyusuf.com