Courtney Act: ‘The funniest person I know is not Bianca Del Rio’

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The funniest standup I’ve ever seen …

That would have to be Joan Rivers in the mid-90s. My mum and I were watching it together on television at home, and neither was sure whether it was appropriate to laugh in front of the other at what Joan was saying. Until, finally, our eyes met and we both burst out laughing because Joan was talking about jumbo tampons sucking up all the pool water.

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The funniest sketch I’ve ever seen …

It’s from classic Australian 90s sketch comedy Big Girl’s Blouse, starring Gina Riley, Jane Turner and Magda Szubanski of Kath & Kim fame. But the specific sketch that I love from that show is by [characters] Lynne and Carmel – “I said: ‘Pet,’ I said: ‘Love,’ I said: ‘Please.’” I have actually made a compilation of all the clips on YouTube on a playlist and I just put them on and laugh.

The funniest film I’ve ever seen …

I really loved Girls Trip, with Tiffany Haddish. That was a lot of fun.

The funniest person I know …

… is not Bianca Del Rio.

The funniest item of clothing I’ve ever owned …

It’s actually more of a collection of items that started off around 1996. I had my Buffalo boots, which were like four-inch high platform shoes with reflectors on them, inspired by the Spice Girls. Now, they’re not funny, but what’s funny is the context: it’s that I wore them to high school along with my headgear for my orthodontics, which I didn’t have to wear to school but I decided that I would; a Woody Woodpecker cap that I had gotten on a trip to America; and my wheelie suitcase in lieu of a backpack.

The funniest hairstyle I’ve ever had …

My 80s mullet. I have a family portrait that is just a snapshot of that era of little buck teeth, spiky hair on top and a lovely, luscious, long back.

The funniest joke I’ve ever heard …

… can’t be printed in the Guardian.

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