Top Ten British Comedians

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1Russell Howard

He's great - can't stop laughing once he starts - best ever!

Russel is fantastic he is my number 1 hands down

Funniest comic ever!

no one makes me laugh like russell!

So funny. Best comic ever!

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2Ricky Gervais

Absolute genius. Podcast king, great radio shows in past, cool standups and overall amazing TV series!

A clever comedian who uses mis direction to take his audience on a journey then dumps them at the wrong stop half way through. he will always leave you crying with laughter and wanting to see him more and more. I recently saw him as alter ego David Brent live on stage as part of his Foregone Conclusion Band and it was the best night of entertainment I have ever had. Ricky Gervais is number one and the funniest man alive without doubt, Forget the rest, if you are a true comedy fan then you will agree that Ricky is the king

This guy is a true Genius. Always manages to make me laugh.

He's a natural. It's that simple...

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3Jimmy Carr

Having a dark sense of humor is like a superpower, it comes with responsibility, the amazing ability that Jimmy has is, no matter how cruel or coarse the joke may be, he wants people to believe its only a joke and that there's nothing they should be worried about. I like that. Beautifully emphasizing that he's there only to "Release endorphins" and nothing else. Not only a master of the dark art, but an advertiser of its innocence.

This guy deserves to be in the top ten he is hilarious every one of his shows is unbelievably funny.
Also he doesn't go on big raves on stage that only feature about 5 or 6 jokes he just tells funny jokes one of his live shows is called nothing to pretentious its just called ' Jimmy Carr Telling Jokes' that's it!

Possibly the best comedian currently performing. Best ever at dark/shock humour in my opinion. Terrific for sick minded people like me.

He's always good. :) Especially on panel shows but his stand up is great too

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4Michael McIntyre

He makes me laugh so much. just thinking of his jokes makes me chuckle.

That man makes me smile whenever I see his face! No doubt about it! I love him and he is so hilarious! He makes everyone laugh around him and whenever I see him do comedy he always makes me laugh to the extent that I can't breathe!

The way he tells his already hilarious jokes makes them that much more hilarious.

My all time favorite comedian! He is amazing! Never vulgar and can make me giggle until my stomach hurts. Love him so much!

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5Rowan Atkinson

Surprised how low he is. He is the all time greatest comedian to ever walk on this planet. Made millions laugh at the Olympics without saying a word.

He has this amazing magical superpower to make you chuckle... Just by entering the room/stage. When he changes his facial expression it reduces most people to hysteria and when he opens his mouth to say something... There is a risk that your head will explode. Oh and "Pa Pa".

Rowan is definitely the best on this list, he is a comic genius, id chose a real comic genius over the likes of that annoying 'schoolboy-like' Russell Howard and that helium inflated Michael McIntyre. Rowan is in a higher league to most comics out these days.

Superb. His sketches are timeless

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6Dara O'Briain

Absolutely amazing comedian but he's not british, he's IRISH, get it right please

Amazing improviser and a very good comedian. Unlike some, he really knows his stuff. He doesn't slag off an audience but integrates it inside his act. A true Comedian.

Dara is the best comedian in terms of audience interaction. A thing which many comedians find hard to do.

Love his intelligent humor

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7Frankie Boyle

Makes me crack up all the time. The funniest of all time on mock the week dominated any program he went on "People said mel gibson couldn't be in braveheart he'd be a bad Scot - well look at him now a raging alcoholic"! Lol :P Awesome comedian

If Not the Best Comedian Easily, Number one in the Dark Comedy List By Far.

Frankie Boyle is not only a great improviser, but also knows his audience so well that he never makes long boring monologues, but rather short efficient quips that are more funny than all of the the other established comedians combined

One of the best comedians ever

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8Lee Mack

Funny as hell. Can't wait to see the next series of not going out and his next tour!

I'm so glad Lee is on here he is definitely one of the best comedians ever but I feel he is underrated.
You just have to watch not going out, would I lie to you or his tour DVDs to see he is on of the funniest men in comedy!

I'm so glad that Lee's on here, I feel that he is really under appreciated.

This guy and peter kay are the best hands down

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9Billy Connolly

Very funny. Amazing life experiences, excellent story telling. Deserves way more recognition. Has been doing comedy way longer than almost anyone and still going. Surely he has influenced more people than anyone on these lists.

Billy Connolly has to be one of or the funniest man iv heard, when he talks about life in general he makes the everyday day events we all go through or have been in at some time hilarious with his undoubted quick wit and just a unique approach to explain these common happening's in a most amusing manner a genius

Best comedian I have ever seen. He cannot just be listened to, you have to watch him move around to really get what he is saying, he is very expressive and will keep you laughing throughout his entire standup.

A comedian that has lasted into his 6th decade with a repertoire that has adapted to society changes. Have seen him many times live and still leaves me sore with laughter

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10Sean Lock

Love love love his humour. He is absolutely hilarious... Usually about everyday situations/interactions. His 'moth on a lightbulb' and 'careful what you say you like near your birthday/. Christmas' are two of the funniest sketches I have seen, hands down.

Seam Lock is by far the best comedian there is. Yes, he can be a bit risque but his dry intelligent humour is second to none. Long may he keep us entertained.

Unquestionable. He is the best. There are few others here who even deserve to be on this list with Sean

Top comedian very up to date and so observational number one by a mile

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The Newcomers

?Benny Hill

His "rubber balloons" song alone

?Peter Sellers

The Contenders

11Miranda Hart

Just recently discovered Miranda Hart on PBS - Love her show - She is adorable! She is awkward, very tall and decidely clumsy but you can't help but rally for her! I want her as Number One. I have also seen the actual Miranda on interviews and she comes across as a nice person. I like that about her. Some comedians are very manic! She is elegant!

Fantastic and original, I love her sitcom, such fun!

Funniest women here (this is proved by how she is the only female in the top ten) and she always makes one laugh. Love.

The funniest woman ever. I saw one of her live show at Newcastle, it was a great day. - gemcloben

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12Lee Evans

He makes my head hurt, my stomach ache and my jaw dislocated. It's a bit like being in a funny punch-up. - Britgirl

Simply the best comedian I have ever watched. Unlike other comedians, the show is consistent all the way through and my body was aching from laughter!

The best comedian over any 5 minute clip or whole carreer. Dwarfs mcintyre

My all-time favourite, he creases me every single time :')

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13Jack Whitehall

He is Brilliant in his sitcoms, I just can't stop laughing at them!

Never an awkward moment or a flat joke and he builds on entertaining concepts that everyone can relate to

He is Hilarious and great humour in all of his stand up as well as sitcoms But I feel like he needs more publicity!

Like most of todays so called comedians he's overrated

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14David Mitchell

Greatest comedian in the UK without a doubt. Peep Show is a masterclass of sitcoms and he can make even the most drab panel show entertaining.

Mitchell may not do stand-up comedy like most comedians, however his sharp wit, intellect, slightly withdrawn personality, pessimism and OCD tendencies more than qualify him for my personal #1 comedian.

We have only just started to get "Would I lie to you" here in Australia. Love it - David Mitchell is the best.

Seriously where peter kay, lee nelson, al murray?

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15John Cleese

He is absolutely amazing! He is responsible for both Monty Python and Fawlty Towers. Just to add to that, he has an incredibly memorable face and voice. What a pro!

What kind of a list is this without the star of monty Python and fawlty towers? He's so funny. I first heard of him at quite a young age and ever since then I still think he's amazing. In my opinion he's the best British comedian

He would be in the top 10 funniest people in the world! Funnier than gervais by a long shot. "Mr Fawlty, I love you, I love you! "

Not even in the top 20? This is a travesty.

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16Ed Byrne

Saw him live at the Edinburgh Festival. Just everything about him oozes pure comedic value. Not the most known comedian out there, but he's better than a large portion of top rated comedians. He's just a natural comedian. Born to do it!

Ed Byrne doesn't rely on shock and controversy, nor does he pull up a comedy persona, he's just funny. You can see his Alanis Morissette skit as proof.

17Stephen Fry

Far and away the most intelligent. Maybe people are still biased because of his sexual preferences which is bloody silly in these times.

I love David Mitchell, Bill Bailey, Eddie Izzard and Jimmy Carr but there can only be one which I choose. It has to be Stephen.

18Peter Kay

I am visiting London from Australia and my friend had taped a show of Peter Kay, which we watched one evening. I have never laughed so much in all my life, and I am 54, with a great sense of humour. Absolutely a wonderful evening. I have become his biggest fan. I'm telling everyone to check him out. Thanks Peter, you make the world a better place.

Peter Kay reminds me of Robb Wilton and those other older Comedians of the thirties and forties. Simply Sublime! Graham Cash Perth West Australia

He is so clever, I mean most things he says is what we do in life and we don't realise why do we do it, for example why do they call it the big light. laugh out loud

He starts off with simple jokes and then he does his thing, he should be in the top ten list.

Why is he not in the top 10?

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19Eddie Izzard

There's no single object or subject in the world, which Eddie couldn't make funny for all of us. His insight of everything, his curiosity are the most incredible parts of his deep and thoughtful jokes. Even for me, a guy from Russia

His comedy is so funny and yet sophisticated. (Which is probably why not as many people know about him because you actually need a well rounded education to understand him. However it makes his act even better and funnier if you get the smaller jokes) his observational comedy is brilliant. You can't stop laughing once he starts.

Only Russel Howard can compare in the type of comedy he creates his surreal humour is brilliant. The best.
Go to love Jeff.

Brilliant. Witty. Multi-lingual. Yup the "Cake or Death" routine still does it for me every time.

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20Milton Jones

There's something about Milton Jones, something I can't quite put my finger on, that always makes my head explode with laughter! Just listen to him for two minutes and you'll never forget any of it! - PositronWildhawk


He's mad and funny. On mock the week it is funny that some of the other comedians here don't always appear to find him funny, but the audience tells the true story. Needs to also open a shirt shop

The master of surreal awkwardness

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