‘Suga Mama by Beyoncé is the aspirational milf anthem’: Olga Koch’s honest playlist

The comedian is a karaoke evangelist and had a religious experience watching Maggie Rogers. But which ‘cool band’ does she lie about liking?

The first single I ever bought
I don’t know if I bought a single, but I do remember distinctly buying my first ever album. It was the sophomore effort by Britney Spears, Oops! … I Did It Again. It was a very stark transition from innocence to sexiness, which I think we all remember fondly.

My karaoke go-to
I am a karaoke evangelist. I host two different karaoke nights. The first purchase I made in lockdown was a karaoke machine. Recently, I’ve settled on All These Things That I’ve Done by the Killers. First of all, you want a song that everybody knows the lyrics to – but has forgotten that they know them. It even has a call and response!

The song that made my best-ever gig experience

I went to a Haim show at the O2, and they stopped in the middle of Gasoline. I was with my friend Chelsea Birkby, who’s also a standup comedian, and we were both like: “It would be wrong if we were in the UK and we sang Gasoline” – both of us genuinely thought they were gonna change the lyrics to “petrol”. Instead, they brought out Taylor Swift! It was incredible. Everybody cried. Everyone.

The song I’ve streamed the most
That’s Where I Am by Maggie Rogers. I saw her perform it at Latitude as a closer and everyone was on their feet. It was like a religious experience. She took us to church.

Best song to have sex to

I Bet on Losing Dogs by Mitski. There are lyrics toward the end of the song that say: “You’d be over me looking in my eyes when I cum / Someone to watch me die.” They are so depressing but, if you time your orgasm right, you’re going to think the song is about you.

The song I’d want for my entrance music

Stupid Love by Lady Gaga. So, I’m walking out on stage, and literally the lyrics are telling the audience to “freak out, freak out, freak out, freak out – look at me”.

The song I want played at my funeral
Kim Petras’s Death By Sex. The idea is that you have so much sex that it kills you, but she’s so sexy that you keep having sex with her even after you’re dead, in the afterlife. No matter what age I die, or whatever the circumstances, I do ultimately just want people to still want to have sex with me.

The song I can’t help singing
What’s My Name? by Rihanna. The rhythm of it lends itself to everyday tasks. You’ll see me walk around my house and just be like: “Ooh na na, dropped my keys”, “Ooh na na, wash my hair”. It fits rhythmically perfectly with your internal monologue.

The song I tell people is my favourite
Anything by LCD Soundsystem. It’s the default cool band, it’s been the default cool band for the last 20 years. I’d be lying if I said I know more than three songs. I’d also be lying if I said any of those three songs are my favourite.

My actual favourite song
Suga Mama by Beyoncé, it’s my current pre-show song. It’s perfection. I watched American Pie at a very impressionable age, and I wanted to be a milf. Suga Mama by Beyoncé is the aspirational milf anthem.

Olga Koch tours her new show, Just Friends, from 8 October to 14 November.


As told to Ella Braidwood

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