- 2010 - 2011
- Channel 4
- 4 (1 pilot + 1 series)
- Rufus Hound, Jack Whitehall, Al Murray and Chris Addison
- Paul Wheeler
- Paul Young, Francesca Palmer, Cameron Banks and Andrew Mackenzie-Betty
A comedian tells the story of an entire year to an audience at London's Hackney Empire theatre. Over the course of their two-hour stand-up set, the host recounts the most embarrassing, entertaining and memorable stories of their chosen year, illustrating them with the best and funniest clips from the time.
In this first pilot programme, comedian Rufus Hound asked viewers to cast their minds back to a more innocent time, albeit one that's a mere ten years ago... In 2000, Keith Chegwin hosting a naked gameshow set in a jungle was considered family viewing, and some of us were still worried that our video recorders were going to be eaten alive by the Millennium Bug. George W. Bush was elected US President, and more significantly, Craig was declared winner of the first series of Big Brother.
My Funniest Year features clips and stand-up, while studio guests act as guides to these iconic events and more, all going to prove that the year in question was a funny one.
Following the pilot, a full series was commissioned...
Jack Whitehall hosts '2005' - the year Prince Harry dressed as a Nazi, YouTube was launched and Michael Jackson took centre stage - in the courtroom.
Al Murray hosts '1997' - when the world had gone Spice Girl mad, Elton John turned 50 in a typically understated way and Labour swept into power.
Chris Addison will look at '2001'; a year where bumbling Bush became President, Major Ingram coughed his way to win a million pounds and Pop Idol introduced us to two villains - Simon Cowell and Darius.