Top Ten British Comedians

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The Top Ten

Russell 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!
[Newest]Russell Howard number one? Have you ever seen him doing standup? It's like watching a student trying to impress his lefty mates. Stop preaching politics and say something original.

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.
[Newest]Ricky should take over the daily show!

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

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.
[Newest]Hilarious without being offensive!

5Dara 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.
[Newest]Love his intelligent humor

6Rowan 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.
[Newest]Superb. His sketches are timeless

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
[Newest]Says what we are all thinking. !

8Lee Evans
He makes my head hurt, my stomach ache and my jaw dislocated. It's a bit like being in a funny punch-up.


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
[Newest]Should be in the top 3!

9Lee 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.
[Newest]Get in there not going out (of the top 10)

10Sean Lock
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
Best comedian ever, he is the heart of 8 out of 10 cats and I can't watch the show without nearly dying!
[Newest]Always makes me laugh-very quick off the mark

The Contenders

11David 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.

12Peter 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.
[Newest]I've never found him funny

13Eddie 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.
[Newest]Need proof how amazing this guy is? 'Cake or Death', 'B-Movies and Vampires' and 'Death Star Canteen'. Izzard got me into comedy with his mature surreal humor. He is the god of comedy.

14Miranda 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.
[Newest]The funniest woman ever. I saw one of her live show at Newcastle, it was a great day.

15Billy 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.
[Newest]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

16Jack 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!
[Newest]Should be higher. Back to back King of Comedy. Funny in everything he does

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.

18Ed 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.

19Karl Pilkington
Brilliant.. Such a normal level headed person but still so weird! :L
So underrated. most celebs just want fame, in his case, fame wanted him


Funniest comedy ever when with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant

20John 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! "

21Simon Pegg
Spaced one of the funniest, and original comedy shows ever made. And Nick Frost is an excellent co-pilot laugh out loud.
Best comedian alive! Funny bloke, great accent and so ' nerdy! Love all his stuff.
Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, Paul, Spaced, Big Train, etc. Simon Pegg is one of my favorite comedians ever! Him and Nock Frost are the dynamic duo!
[Newest]So funny. Great writer and one half of possibly the greatest comedy duos of now

22Sacha Baron Cohen
Ma name-a borat. You can't beat it
Ali G and Borat changed comedia in Britian!

23Bill Bailey
A veteran who has earned the rightful position of funniest, cleverest and nicest man in comedy. Asked my son who he would like to live with if he didn't live with me - his answer: Bill Bailey.
Live at Hammersmith was 90 minutes of class

24John Bishop
The Best bar none he is a genuine very funny kind generous guy and probably the fastest in growing popularity! Oh ye and he's Scouse. YNWA
Probably the best of the best comedic commentators on real life

25Jon Richardson
This guy should be in the top 10! He's SO funny and relatable! Not to mention absolutely gorgeous and adorable! Amazing writer as well, I recommend his book.
He is hilarious, and I've just finished his book!
Gorgeous inside and out.

26Tim Vine
One line wizard machine with impeccable timing
'Albino, can't say fairer than that'

Say no more..
The king of puns.


27Kevin Bridges
Things he says are so relatable. Great facial expressions and word choice. By far the best in my opinion.
Great Comedian. So much detail in his jokes. Should be top 20 at least
Grand performance and facial expressions. Charming!

28Josh Widdicombe
So funny and underrated! The best comedian working now by a mile. He makes me laugh every single time.

29Ross Noble
Comes up with the craziest things when he's preforming, makes everybody laugh and incorporates the audience in his comedy.
If Ross is on a roll he can't be beaten for creating comedy on the fly, and surreal with it
Crazy man, full of life, can't wait until November to go and witness his antics

30Roy "Chubby" Brown
Best comic on the planet
how he isn't in top ten just proves how humour has declined with the current crop
got no time for these alternative comics
amazes me how they pack a place out
russell brand? What is the audience laughing at
must be easily pleased
CHUBBY BROWN is my number one
Actually a real joke that he's 29! Should be top.
He tells his Jokes the way you want to hear then=m

31Peter Cook
The greatest - father of them all

32Harry Enfield
Your top 5 are a piss poor selection you need bill bailey ricky Gervais Harry Enfield Sean Locke and not lee mack or lee Evans because all they do is observe shout and dance like a rabid monkey

33Jack Dee
His graveyard humor even gets the most cynical amongst us feeling like they just took an overdose of antidepressant. Great!
I cannot believe he is not in the top-ten. His text my mobile jokes are absolutely hilarious! Totally awesome!
He is totally hilarious and never laughs at his own jokes, Brilliant.
[Newest]Superbly clever, dry and funny. Great Comedian. Underrated.

34Steve Coogan

35Harry Hill
He is better as a presenter


36Peter Sellars

37Ken Dodd
In his hay day he got long standing applause at the end of his shows and was one of the best comedians ever.
However comedy has changed he has got old but with out doubt he was one of the best and I would like to see many of the modern comedians keep going half as long as this man. I'm 50 and my dad was one of his fans as well.
Great comedian post card humour never insults anyone!
A true true pro one of the old school not like the crap we get on T.V. today
Ken Dodd is the best ever without a doubt!
[Newest]Should have a knighthood,

38Eric Morecambe
A genuine one off funny man. Just a look to camera could make you laugh. A natural comedian second to none.
Too funny, too quick, too good!
Just naturally funny; an effortless foolish genius.

39Rhod Gilbert
Rhod Gilbert is fantastic. I went to see him on tour and I laughed continuously helplessly joyously from beginning to end. It was a fantastic night. He is the best his stuff on you tube is hilarious too. He doesn't rely on swearing like some to get a laugh. He is just great! Britain's best comedian definitely!
This man is one of Britain's funniest comedians and I am utterly surprised at his low place on this list. All of his sketches have me on the floor trying to breathe, and he is always consistent. Totally deserves to be above the "funniest" comedian Russel Howard.
Rhod is highly intelligent he is very fast in his humour yes I was gasping for breath because I was laughing so hard. He should be at the top of this list, miles better than Russell Howard. Rhod needs more T.V. coverage of his stand up.

40Milton 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!


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

41Stewart Lee
Ultimately the best comedian. He stages his own shows and performs his own material on stage. There is no stand up comedian that can write so much material and also perform it live. There is no comedian of his calibre and I have yet to see an adverse prodigy?
The greatest comedian who has ever lived, maybe people won't realise his genius until it's too late. But I'm glad he's found it onto a list, revives a little hope in human taste.
Incredible comedian so clever, thought provoking and original. When I look at some of these comedians who are at the top of the list I fear more than ever for this country future.
[Newest]Head and shoulders above anyone else on this list for originality and comic delivery plus incredibly intelligent material

42Rik Mayall
My hero. VERY, VERY funny. Original. The Young Ones and Bottom... Genius! I suffer from depression, just thinking about him make me either chuckle or wet myself depending on my state of mind. You are missed.
The Young Ones was genius and Bottom was legendary. Rik deserves to be higher

43Micky Flanagan
Proper old school comic who doesn't ram his lefty views down your throat like Russell brand and the incredibly unfunny Russell Kane etc. To many modern comedians humour revolves around slagging the Tories the monarchy the bankers etc - gets boring after a while at least Micky attempts to steer jokes around everyday events. Genuinely funny bloke.
Just has me in stitches. Think he is very original, often surreal, often rude, NOT a feminist! Accent and looks are a part of his strange charm!
The original crafty cockney with the walk to match!

44Nick Frost
Doh! Nick frost is an actor

45Hugh Laurie
Laurie was epic in a bir of fry and laurie and blackadder and saturday live. he's absolutely brilliant. I'm surprised he's so low. stephen fry would never have been fry if he had never met hugh laurie.

46Frank Skinner
A lot of the guys on the list are gimmicky (shaky head McIntyre and manic lee Evans for example) but frank is so intelligent with his comedy that his written work can be as funny as if he was in the room with you. Check out his first autobiography. So well written that I cried laughing, reading the same passage about his driving test five times over. He is a total genius and doesn't rely on putting others down (take a bow Gervais) or being over the top offensive (Boyle).
Sorry, why the hell isn't he up higher? Love him, he knows how to make someone laugh and feel good.
Filth & footy. Funny

47Aisling Bea

48Alexander Armstrong
I just love hearing him talk.


49Jo Brand
Brilliant, inspirational, head and shoulders above majority of comedians in Britain today
My favourite female comedian.
Never fails to make me laugh.
[Newest]She says really funny stuff about herself.

50Omid Djalili
He's great - can't stop laughing once he starts - best ever!
Oh he should be in the top ten!

51Johnny Vegas
Just listen to the radio episode of Genius with Johnny in. Hilarious off the cuff homour.
Stewart lee called him a genius

52David Walliams
Why so low! David Walliams is hilariousšŸ˜€

53Joe Pasquale
He's a very good comedian he make me laugh haha!
He's funny but without being rude and sarcastic at the same time
What is funny about a guy with a put on voice no talent what so ever

54Paul Merton
Very clever with his comedy and never has to resort to cheap, crude jokes in order to be funny.
Paul Merton the funniest man in the UK, his comedic mind is as sharp as they come,

55Jason Manford
Only heard him for the first time on T.V. here in Australia recently. Absolutely hilarious!
Proves you don't have to be offensive or shocking, just funny.
Simply a comedy genius

56Stephen K. Amos
He is hilarious and the way he dilivers his jokes are perfect and the way he can improvise comedy is outstanding with jokes appealing to all audiences.
He is so funny! Completely hilarious and his Nigerian accent is spot on laugh out loud.

57Noel Fielding
He's the number one funniest person of all time. His comedy style is a masterpiece that no one can replicate.
The funniest guy ever
He's adorable and extremely creative!

58Tommy Cooper
Best natural stand a comic
Only man to make you laugh with bad jokes
The fact that tommy cooper is considered to be 58 th. shows how bland our comedy is today. Most stand ups now are just failed or wannabe actors. This man is a comic genius.

59Bernard Manning
Still funny to this day. One of the "Grandads" of comedy although in this "new age" we live in probably one of the least favorite amongst the politically correct
Remember it was the seventies! Bit racist bit sexist etc but still a brilliant stand up - could really work the audience and superb timing from years of working the clubs. Made it look so easy.

60Dawn French
I think she is a very good comedian

61Ben Elton
Talks about environmental issues, sexism in comedy, and the macho male, love it!
Little Ben Elton is a comic mastermind
He was very good but he seems a bit false these days.
Still was a great comedian.

62Richard Ayoade
I have been on another planet these past few years and only just discovered the IT Crowd. Richard is a comedy genius. I cannot get enough!
Surprised he's not here already. One of the funniest humans.
So fantastically dry and witty

63Al Murray
Public school posh boy who's pub landlord is a thinly disguised dig at the white English working class who he and his other middle class labour supporters so clearly hate. And he's not funny.
As about as funny as a wet packet of crisp how do these terrible comics get there break
Genius, loves to rip into the audience which is always funny to watch!

64Alan Carr
His jokes are funny. He's hilarious
Amazing overly camp and overly FUNNY love alan car he should be in top 10!
He's the best presenter


65Catherine Tate
Catherine tate has a funny way in interacting with the audience, she even embarrassed Prince Philip in the royal variety show for napping.
She is number one without a doubt.
"She's just not bovvered. "

66Michael Palin
Michael Palin is the best comedic actor of this century! Come on people, he's not just great at acting and generously funny; he's also extremely good looking, haha! His range of characters he's able to play, is amazing. And he did the best sketches in Monty Python, in my opinion. Michael Palin all the way!
As the most versatile member of Monty Python, Michael Palin wrote smart material, was incredibly good-looking, even in a dress, and could reach an impossibly high falsetto pitch without any warning. He is an all around gem.
Kind of surprised to see the top ten 'pythonless' :(
It's always hard for me to choose between comedians; Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Hugh Laurie or Rowan Atkinson... But when it comes down to it, Michael Palin's writing and humour gets me every time.

67Frankie Howerd

68Russell Brand
Simply amazing, shame about his prank call with Mr ross, effectively ruining his carear, but I challenge any person to watch the Big fat quiz of the year 2006 and 2007 and dislike him.
Incredibly intelligent and articulate, but more importantly very funny.
Spoken to him over west ham. Very funny as a person but his stand up is truly awful.

69Jasper Carrott
He's so funny doing stand up. The detectives. Singing funny songs a Birmingham City F. C fan who takes the mick out of his own team. Funniest comedian ever.

70Kenny Everett
Ahead of his time. Pioneered special effects and made the best of the props available to him. Watched the show over and over. It just got funnier...

71Jim Davidson
By far the funniest comedian you can see live. Should be top 10

72Phill Jupitus
Just watch him on QI

73Ronnie Barker
Never will there be anyone so missed in the world of comedy-true icon

74David Hadingham
Seen this guy at London Comedy Store on a work night out, very funny man!
Not heard of enough, absolutely amazing!

75Charlie Brooker

76Les Dawson

77Jerry Sadovich

78Naz Osmanoglu
Funny guy
Hilarious bear grylls impression
Best friends with mike tickell
Almost better than nelson mandela and mike tickell

79Ian Hislop

80Sarah Millican
One of the best I have seen
A truly wonderful comedian

81Richard Herring
He's funny and I want to bum him

82Da Ginge

83Simon Amstell
Lefty student humour with no personality or delivery never even made me smile let alone laugh

84Terry Alderton
By far the most innovative and exciting comedian I have ever witnessed live leaves you wanting more and keeps you on the edge of your seat don't go to watch with preconceived ideas just go with the flow and enjoy

85Greg Davies
"we fired a whole bag of measly snacks into that arrogant prick's face"


86Joel Dommett
Laugh out loud... Just laugh out loud
"Brilliant laugh-out-loud sketches, combined with great flow and personality. A unique act of individualism; unmatched as a compĆØre"

87Jennifer Saunders
Where are the women?
Pure comedic genius! ! French and Saunders & Ab Fab I mean come on, she's the best!

88John Finnemore

89Gina Yashere
She is so funny. Watch her Live at the Apollo gig about Americans and Nigeria. I laughed so hard I got a stomach ache. Why isn't she on this list already?! And why are there so few women? The top ten are all men! Let's get some more women on this list!
Reason no women in top ten is because like gina Yashere their not funny. Jo brand considered a top female comic! Point proved.

90Bennett Arron
One of the cleverest, funniest yet still relatively unknown comedians on the circuit. "Genuinely original and funny" The Times "One of the best on the circuit" The Guardian

91Ronnie Corbett
Never been able to laugh at this little man ronnie barker made him a house hold name

92Omid Djalil
Doctor, I think I suffer from Nigerianitis... ! '

93Julian Barratt
Come on if you have noƫl fielding on this list then you've got to have Julian Barratt.

I miss the mighty boosh, what ever happened?

Is this a joke?


95Matt Lucas

96Josie Long
Simply brilliant, funny, quirky and lovely.

97Phil Cool
So many funny faces. The best imprecisinist ever

98Garry Meier
Saw him perform in Londons eastend around 1979 - very underrated the crowd used to chant baldy bastard at him for some reason, think it was a popular joke in his act funny man. Think he retired and went into property development
Underrated English standup from the eighties - went to the USA and disappeared off the scene. Known for his notorious "c of c " routine - what happened to him?

99Alan Davies

100Tom O'Connor

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