Kae Kurd: ‘The funniest word? Hubris, I can’t take it seriously’

The funniest standup I’ve ever seen …

Dave Chappelle or Bill Burr – I can’t choose. I saw Chappelle at Up the Creek comedy club. There was about 200 people in the crowd, Naomi Campbell was in the front row and Yasiin Bey [Mos Def] performed as well. Chappelle was just trying out material, and seeing him work out jokes was an amazing experience.

The funniest sketch I’ve ever seen …

The substitute teacher sketch on Key and Peele was hilarious as it’s usually a supply teacher coming in and pronouncing the children from different cultures’ names incorrectly. They flipped that idea on its head and played on all sorts of different stereotypes.

The funniest film I’ve ever seen …

Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence in Life. It had funny moments as well as equally moving ones, and the chemistry between them is incredible.

The funniest book I’ve ever read …

It wasn’t a book, but it was probably my own dissertation, Microbes in a Gym Environment. “When will this be useful?” I remember saying. Now who’s laughing?

The funniest TV show I’ve ever seen …

Only Fools and Horses: it didn’t have to prove a point or explore crazy topics, it was just entertaining. When you watch it it’s got that thing a lot of good American sitcoms have now where there’s a gag in every line: it’s jam-packed with funny and relatable stuff.

The funniest meal I’ve ever eaten …

I had a burger in a blue bun in Amsterdam. It was a vegan restaurant, and I get that they need to find ways to make ethical eating popular but at what point do you go: “Forget the taste, bring out the food colouring”?

The funniest thing that shouldn’t be funny …

The current world leaders we have.

The funniest word …

Hubris. Can’t take it seriously. That, and hegemony.

Kae Kurd is touring the UK in 2021. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @KaeKurd

The Guardian

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