The Funny Thing About...
The Funny Thing About...

The Funny Thing About...

  • TV comedy
  • Channel 5
  • 2016 - 2017
  • 6 episodes (1 series)

Comedians offer confessions and anecdotes on a number of topics. Stars Johnny Vegas.

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Series 1, Episode 4 - Christmas

The Funny Thing About.... Image shows from L to R: Kate Lucas, Tez Ilyas
Johnny Vegas illuminates the minefield of Christmas rituals and traditions. Is it a fortnight of goodwill and festive cheer or just two days and a roast? Familiar faces offering their Christmas confessions include Anthea Turner, Vanessa Feltz, Carl Fogarty, Nina Wadia and Matt Richardson.

Broadcast details

Saturday 17th December 2016
Channel 5
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 24th December 2016 3:10am C5
Tuesday 19th December 2017 12:00am Comedy Central
Sunday 24th December 2017 12:00am CC Extra
Monday 25th December 2017 1:00am My5
Tuesday 18th December 2018 9:00pm CC Extra
Wednesday 19th December 2018 12:05am C5
Wednesday 19th December 2018 3:25am CC Extra
Friday 21st December 2018 2:30am CC Extra
Friday 21st December 2018 10:00pm CC Extra
Wednesday 26th December 2018 8:20am 5Star
Saturday 9th November 2019 1:00am CC Extra
Saturday 21st December 2019 1:00am CC Extra
Thursday 26th December 2019 5:00am C5
Saturday 4th January 2020 12:55am 5Star
Saturday 17th October 2020 2:00am CC Extra
Saturday 31st October 2020 1:00am CC Extra
Saturday 2nd January 2021 4:00am C5
Monday 15th February 2021 2:30am CC Extra
Monday 1st March 2021 3:30am CC Extra
Saturday 23rd October 2021 4:00am C5
Saturday 11th December 2021 4:45am C5
Wednesday 15th December 2021 4:45am C5
Saturday 25th December 2021 2:00am CC Extra
Friday 31st December 2021 4:50am C5
Friday 29th April 2022 4:00am C5
Friday 29th April 2022 11:00pm CC Extra

Cast & crew

Johnny Vegas Narrator
Guest cast
Jessie Cave Guest
Daniel Audritt Guest
Anthea Turner Guest
Jason Cook Guest
Iain Stirling Guest
Alfie Brown Guest
Tom Price Guest
Kerry Godliman Guest
Nina Wadia Guest
Suzanne Shaw Guest
Jarred Christmas Guest
James Acaster Guest
Vanessa Feltz Guest
Sam Nixon Guest
Mark Rhodes Guest
Nish Kumar Guest
David Morgan Guest
Ian Smith Guest
Stephen Bailey Guest
Johnny Cochrane Guest
Inel Tomlinson Guest
Mark Dolan Guest
Jamie Laing Guest
Vikki Stone Guest
Josie Gibson Guest
Bec Hill Guest
Kate Lucas Guest
Tez Ilyas Guest
Elis James Guest
John Robins Guest
Sian Welby Guest
James Jordan Guest
Ola Jordan Guest
Louisa Lytton Guest
Matt Richardson Guest
James Argent (as James 'Arg' Argent) Guest
Adam Hess Guest
Jorgie Porter Guest
Christopher Biggins Guest
Writing team
Will Maclean Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Jack Cheshire Series Director
Jack Cheshire Series Producer
Beren Money Executive Producer
Andra Heritage Executive Producer
Sarah Mills Edit Producer
Adrian Brindle Editor


Some pretty good standups say some quite funny things about Christmas, in a talking-heads show that covers all the obvious topics, from shopping to sprouts. The stronger performers, such as Nish Kumar, Kerry Godliman and Tom Price, can dredge up a bit of tone or timing to make obvious observations worthy of a laugh, while in this low-impact environment, James Acaster's deadpan fancy seems positively dangerous.

Jack Seale, The Guardian, 17th December 2016

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