Comedian Steve Hall’s TV choices

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Described as “the most intelligent stand-up you’ve never heard of” by GQ and “wonderfully misanthropic” by the Sunday Times, comedian Steve Hall will be performing his solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe this August.

Steve Hall’s Very Still Life will be “a show about achieving things, if I can be bothered to write it”, says Steve.

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We caught up with Steve to find out what he likes to watch to relax between shows…

Favourite TV show to cheer you up:

Cheers. I’ve been working through the whole lot with my wife. Nick Colasanto as Coach Pantusso is up there with Leslie Nielsen for mastery of deadpan stupidity. And he directed the Johnny Cash episode of Columbo to boot.”

Favourite TV show that reminds you of your childhood:

The Box Of Delights. I watch it every Christmas. The bloke who played Kay Harker looks worryingly like the lead singer of Nickelback these days. I occasionally use the word ‘scrobbled’ in a non-ironic manner.”

Favourite TV show that reminds you of being a teenager:

Red Dwarf. It still stands up brilliantly, tons of jokes and characters you were utterly immersed in. The magical days where you’d finish your homework as swiftly as you could to catch BBC Two’s 9pm comedy cornucopia…”

TV show that you find most addictive:

The Daily Show. My wife and I have been known to forego sex, sleep and basic nutrition to watch as many episodes as we can. We went to a taping on our honeymoon – best produced telly show I’ve ever seen – 55 minutes from the start of taping to the close – totally in control of what they’re doing. It wasn’t our sole honeymoon destination, I should point out. We’re not quite that weird.”

Favourite TV show to watch hungover:

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. I have been known to say “Rock flag and eagle!” at the moment of epiphany whilst getting my conjugal on.”

Axed TV show that you most wish would return:

“There’s one gone-too-soon sitcom of the last ten years that surely any self-respecting comedian would automatically name: We Are Klang.”