Top Ten British Comedians
The Top Ten
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!
Not just funny. He's also very effective in delivering important but sensitive social and political concepts.V 91 Comments
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.
Saw him live and he was brilliant!V 36 Comments
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.
Love his incredibly funny observations on every day life, and he can do it without constant swearing tooV 67 Comments
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.
Funniest comedian ever in a class of his own oh and does it all without a cuss wordV 49 Comments
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
Comedy legend smart comedy that always makes me laugh out loud
I would listen to him the whole day. LEGENDV 41 Comments
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
He's hilariousV 30 Comments
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.
Fantastic allround comedian. Great jokes, brilliant on-the-spot thinking. His humour is so fast-paced unlike any other. You must go to his show. And if you are going, get a front row seat!V 11 Comments
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.
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.
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 without a doubt, needs to be much higher on this listV 15 Comments
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.
Definitely deserves top 3V 27 Comments
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! "
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!
It was through Monty Python and specifically John Cleese that I learned the English language and how to use it as a tool and weapon as appropriate. By the time I was 14 I could recite the entire Dead Parrot routine in proper English in spite of heavy Ukrainian accent. He and Python are comedy icons.V 12 Comments
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.
By far best British comedian very very funny & extremely intelligent, the perfect mix
You're seriously going to tell me that all of these guys are funnier than David Mitchell. You guys are the real comedians
The "Thinking Woman's" comedian! So quick-witted, intelligent, always apt, and VERY fanciable!V 14 Comments
Everything about Sean Lock is brilliant... He creates movies in our heads...paints em, like pictures...by a mile, my favourite...he's a comedian...Jimmy Carr and Michael McIntyre are comics... There's a difference...Really there should be two categories...Comics say funny things... Comedians say things funny, it's more spontaneous and more skilled... That's why Sean Lock is my number one...
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.
Got to be the funniest guy on the telly today.V 19 Comments
If you haven't heard him tell about his bathroom experience in a restaurant in a foreign country, then you must YouTube it. He tells it on the Graham Norton Show. I laughed until I had tears running down my face! But I also truly find everything he says funny. His stand up, hilarious! But he's just one of those ACTUAL funny people. He can just pop stuff off in the moment. He truly has a gift!
He is Brilliant in his sitcoms, I just can't stop laughing at them!
Jack Whitehall is one comedian who is certainly not overrated! He is a cracking comedian and has me laughing all of the time! Really love him in Bad Education and A League of Their Own!
Insanly talented toff! Good lad!V 8 Comments
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!
Deserves the number 1. Has always been a stand up and always will, not a sell out like Mcintyre or Peter Kay. This guy is the king of stand up comedy, just look at the arenas he has sold out. He is also a real nice guy but most importantly he makes me laugh and makes me laugh the hardest. The greatest stand up of all time.
This man IS British comedy. He makes the mundane Hilarious and is still from the old generation where comedy was the working mans genre, not the middle class mess it is nowV 74 Comments
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.
He is a funny manV 33 Comments
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!
I sometimes watched her until she got cancelled, but my friend does still! He shouts over to my table at lunch while I'm eating a plum, 'DON'T EAT THEM THEY'RE PROFESSOR PLUMS! ' And it has me in tears of laughter.
Fantastic and original, I love her sitcom, such fun!
One of the most amazing English comedians ever. I adore her!V 15 Comments
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.
Another Irish comedian
Was funny, now boring.
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.
Stephen Fry is brilliant! I can't believe he is not in the top 10. Such a wise and funny man.
Proves that culture does not preclude witV 2 Comments
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.
if all the 2012 end of the world is true, I would want to be in a club, watching Eddie Izzard as the last thing I do. Very clever, very funny always fantastical to watch!
His comments about America's interest in "historical" properties i.e. 100 years old, vs in England "Oops, I just bumped into another 1,000 year old castle" is typical of his being clever without insult.V 18 Comments
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
His act doesn't really change. The stupid look is only funny for a short time.
A bit better than the restV 4 Comments
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