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Olga Koch’s Feelgood Guide

The Russian-born comedian on the rise shares her joy-sparking formula - featuring Dolly Parton and Drew Barrymore circa ‘99

03.04.2020 | Emma Firth
 

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Life has given you lemons, what do you do? Make lem- Ah yes, positive thinking. Of course, when it comes to seeing the brighter side, we all need a helping hand. With that in mind, welcome to our new virtual comedy club, where we ask some of our favourite breakout female comics to share what makes them feel good - from films, songs, podcasts and much more.

Coding and comedy: hardly sounds like a perfect match. That is until you discover Olga Koch. The 27-year old comic often draws on her computer programming degree, which she studied at New York University, in her stand-up performances - exploring the relationship between love and technology. Alongside appearances on Mock The Week and BBC Arts Hour, in 2018 she was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards for her debut show, Fight. Whilst the Fringe festival and a slew of tour dates have been cancelled until further notice, all is not lost. To quote her own third-person-written bio: “Olga Koch does stand-up comedy in London and creates cathartic performance art in the privacy of her own home.” From Dolly Parton’s podcast to Drew Barrymore-starring romantic comedies, scroll down to enjoy Olga’s feel-good formula. Over to you Olga.

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MY FAVOURITE MEME

I truly believe that the "Is this allowed?" Vine is applicable to any situation and is fundamentally timeless. Never has it ever been more appropriate to ask, IS THIS ALLOWED?!

THE PERSON WHO MAKES ME LAUGH THE MOST

Bolu Babalola is the funniest person on twitter and her profile is basically my homepage; she has the most accurate and nuanced assessments of politicians and reality stars alike. Casey Frey makes me laugh, but also horny (see this video).

I NEED CHEERING UP, SO I’LL STREAM…

Communist TikToks like this one from @slomokilla. I like to be entertained, but I love to be educated.

MY #1 FEEL-GOOD PODCAST

Dolly Parton's America is moving, vast, and unlike anything you've ever heard before. It genuinely made me want to buy a one-way ticket to Tennessee (some day).

AN UNUSUAL THING THAT INSTANTLY ELEVATES MY MOOD

Saying "coronavirus" in a baby voice. Try it, it'll cheer you up, I promise. Doing voices in general: indie girl voice never fails to lighten the mood.

SELF-CARE IS –

Snorting a crushed Holland & Barrett Vitamin D tablet every morning like a post-apocalyptic Tony Montana.

MY DESERT ISLAND TV SHOW

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I would likely choose Big Mouth, but only if it's a supercut of just Lola, because she is perfect. I don't think I've ever felt more seen than when she screamed, "If mom dies, I'll get her Bon Jovi earrings".

THE SONG THAT MAKES ME HAPPIEST

The bit in Beyoncé's Suga Mama, where she goes: "Puttin' you on my taxes already, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah / I promise I won't let no bills get behind / Cause every touch, every kiss and hug / You 'bes believe it'll be on time". Because I like both dominating men and invoices paid in a timely fashion.

MOST UPLIFTING FILM

The film that never fails to cheer me up is Never Been Kissed. It's got everything a teen movie could want: a big lie (Josie is a 25-year-old posing as a 17-year-old), questionable ethics (Josie's teacher fancies her, *while* she's allegedly 17), and an attempt at coining slang ("Rufus" anyone?). I have to re-watch it immediately.

THE INSTAGRAM I LOOK AT WHEN I’M FEELING SAD

May I recommend my first boyfriend's wife's account? Her aesthetic is impeccable. She's gonna be a wonderful mother one day.

IF I WERE A FRIENDS CHARACTER, I’D BE…

I'm Janice, in that I'm annoying yet unforgettable.

IF I HAD TO DESCRIBE MY OWN INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT IN THREE WORDS?

Mostly post stories.

THE BEST AND WORST THING ABOUT GROUP VIDEO CHATS?

I like them because I get to see the faces of so many lovely friends, but I also hate them because I don't get to see any of their cute lil butts.

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