Johnny Vegas' early forays into comedy were as compere of the Citadel Arts Centre in his home town of St Helens. Bookings in London followed as Johnny developed his act with shows such as The Johnny Vegas Gameshow, which featured Butlins-style sing-along's, pottery and rants.
By 1997 Johnny's routines saw him nominated for the Perrier Award and winning the Festival Critics award at the Edinburgh Festival. It wasn't long before he began to appear on television in shows including Shooting Stars and Room 101, whilst making his mark as a dramatic actor alongside Paul Whitehouse in BBC Two's Happiness for which he won the 2002 Royal Television Societies' Best Newcomer Award..
Movie roles followed as Johnny lined up alongside Johnnny Depp in The Libertine and The Office's Mackenzie Crook in Sex Lives of the Potato Men, but it is the character Moz from BBC Three's Ideal that Johnny is currently best known for.
So, over a pint (or three) we asked Johnny what comedy moments tickled his fancy. In this BBC Comedy exclusive he gave us his favourites.
The Amazing Wizards try their pocket rocket trick, armed with just a firework, Rob's penis, some string and Rob's parents for support. What could go wrong?
Prepare to duel! Watch as two duellists fight to the death (possibly) in the most gentlemanly fashion. One shot will do it. Or two. Or three...
Welcome to Pernclub. In this week's episode Brian discusses the decline of bees – apparently they're bored - and his latest recording device that can capture tiny sounds, like a mouse being sick.
When the King of France tags Henry 8.0's picture on Facebook as a horse's arse, Henry decides it's time for his second roast dinner of the day, with alphabetti spaghetti. Well, he is the King.
When Brucie escapes from the retirement home and goes on a dancing rampage it'll take something special to stop his destructive appendages.
The Young Ones were a huge part of the wave of ‘alternative' comedy which flooded our television screens in the 1980s. Rik, Vivian, Neil and Mike's less than salubrious student digs were often frequented by Alexei Sayle, whose weekly rants are extemporised here in Dr Marten Boots.
The worn-out sketch format was given a new lease of life when The Fast Show first broadcast on BBC Two in 1994. Still as quotable as ever, the show featured a plethora of memorable characters, none more so than camp tailors Ken and Kenneth. Betty Swallocks? Sorry I don't know her.
Adapted from the BBC Radio radio series, Genius, hosted by Dave Gorman, first broadcast on BBC Two in 2009. The show discusses the merits of the public's ideas for inventions and schemes. Here, Johnny joins Dave to demonstrate the conveyer duvet. Verdict: Not genius.
Not many comedians do surreal quite like Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. Their BBC quiz show, Shooting Stars, originally ran from 1993 to 2002 and featured many weird and wonderful moments such as this clip. So popular is the format that a new series aired last year. Hooray!
Sean Lock's Fifteen Storeys High is another show that began life on BBC Radio. The Bafta-nominated sitcom revolving around the crazed residents of a London tower block ran for two series on radio and a further two on BBC Choice and BBC Three.
BBC Three sitcom Ideal charts the life of small-time cannabis dealer, Moz, who wishes for a quiet life, but often becomes entangled in situations despite rarely leaving his bedsit. In this clip Moz and Jenny get romantic, with a bottle of vodka.
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