Sam Jay: ‘Funniest thing that shouldn’t be funny? My mom’s funeral’ | Stage

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The funniest standup I’ve ever seen …

Bigger & Blacker by Chris Rock is high on the list. The “niggas v black people” joke is my favourite of Rock’s. So poignant, and really changed the conversation.

The funniest sketch I’ve ever seen …

Anything from Chappelle’s Show, probably The Mad Real World. That’s how I felt about watching reality TV: they would always put one black person in a wild situation, so it was fun to see that turned on its head.

The funniest person I know …

My cousin Gerald. He is just a naturally funny guy. We have been best friends my whole life.

The funniest item of clothing I’ve ever owned …

A pair of purple cargo shorts. I was 25 and I wore them everywhere. They were funny because they were hideous, and I had no idea. And they were hideous because they were purple. And cargo shorts.

The funniest hairstyle I’ve ever had …

Any time I did it myself I’m sure I looked like a clown. Just a lot of lopsided ponytails and ugly bangs.

The funniest thing that shouldn’t be funny …

At my mom’s funeral my Uncle Wayne was preaching and he kept catching the spirit; when the Holy Ghost enters your body and you have a physical reaction. It was funny because he was jumping up and down and was so enthused, but also mispronouncing my mom’s last name the entire time as he asked God to bless her.

Sam Jay plays Soho Theatre, W1, 17 to 22 June