comedians The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time

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List Rules Comedians who are citizens of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern and Southern Ireland

The funniest British and Irish comedians of all time is a geographically restricted subset of the funniest people of all time, and some of these funny people from across the pond can make you pee yourself with laughter just by looking at you. Many of these comedians from the UK and Ireland have appeared in the funniest movies ever as well as some of the funniest TV shows of all time. These hilarious entertainers represent funny and the UK, and they are all here together in this list of the funniest people from Britain and Ireland.

There's a lot that goes into deciding who the best comedians from Ireland and Britain are: do they have a funny stand-up act, a great special, a memorable character, and/or a generally funny public persona? Do you factor in the truly awful projects they've taken part in when deciding their overall ranking (cough*Bruno*cough)? Being funny is serious business, and so is deciding who the most hilarious British and Irish comedians truly are.

Who are the funniest comedians from the UK and Ireland? What comedians are from Ireland and Great Britain? Are British and Irish comedians funnier? This list of the funniest comedians from Britain and Ireland should answer some of these questions and, at the lease, point you towards some of the funniest people ever to come from a pair of smallish islands. If your favorite British or Irish comedian isn't on the list, make sure to add them so they can compete for the title of funniest comedian from Ireland and the UK.

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John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
John Cleese A Fish Called Wanda, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian

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Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Ricky Gervais The Office, The Invention of Lying, Cemetery Junction

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Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Rowan Atkinson The Lion King, Bean, Mr. Bean's Holiday

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David Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
David Mitchell Peep Show, QI, Would I Lie to You?

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Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Billy Connolly Brave, The Last Samurai, The Boondock Saints

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Stephen Fry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Stephen Fry QI, V for Vendetta, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

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Jimmy Carr is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Jimmy Carr 8 Out of 10 Cats, 10 O'Clock Live, Distraction

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Eddie Izzard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Eddie Izzard Valkyrie, Ocean's Thirteen, The Riches

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Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Peter Sellers Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Being There, The Pink Panther

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Ronnie Barker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Ronnie Barker Porridge, Open All Hours, The Two Ronnies

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Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Hugh Laurie House M.D., Tomorrowland, Stuart Little

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Bill Bailey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Bill Bailey Hot Fuzz, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Black Books

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Dara Ó Briain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Dara Ó Briain QI, Mock the Week, A League of Their Own

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Stephen Merchant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Stephen Merchant The Office, Cemetery Junction, The Ricky Gervais Show

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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Charlie Chaplin The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times

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Simon Pegg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Simon Pegg Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul

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Lee Mack is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Lee Mack Not Going Out, Would I Lie to You?, Would I Lie To You?

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Sean Lock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Sean Lock QI, 15 Storeys High, 8 Out of 10 Cats

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Rob Brydon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Rob Brydon Shaun of the Dead, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

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Michael McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Michael McIntyre Michael McIntyre: Hello Wembley!, The Michael McIntyre Chat Show, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow

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Eric Idle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Eric Idle Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life

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Frankie Boyle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Frankie Boyle Mock the Week, Live Floor Show, When Were We Funniest?

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Eric Morecambe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Eric Morecambe The Morecambe & Wise Show, The Magnificent Two, That Riviera Touch

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Jack Dee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Jack Dee Fourplay, The Last Drop, Lead Balloon

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Tommy Cooper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Tommy Cooper The Plank, It's Tommy Cooper, The Cool Mikado

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Peter Kay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Peter Kay Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, 24 Hour Party People, Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights

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Michael Palin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Michael Palin Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life

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Steve Coogan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Steve Coogan hilomena, Alan Partridge, Despicable Me 2

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Benny Hill is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Benny Hill Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Italian Job, The Benny Hill Show

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Dawn French is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Dawn French Coraline, French and Saunders, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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John Bishop is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
John Bishop The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, A League of Their Own, Love Takes Wing

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Spike Milligan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Spike Milligan Life of Brian, Dot and the Kangaroo, The Last Remake of Beau Geste

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Richard Ayoade is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Richard Ayoade Submarine, The Watch, The Boxtrolls

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David Jason is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
David Jason Danger Mouse, Only Fools and Horses...., A Touch of Frost

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Rik Mayall is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Rik Mayall An American Werewolf in London, Guest House Paradiso, Drop Dead Fred

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Ronnie Corbett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Ronnie Corbett Casino Royale, Fierce Creatures, The Two Ronnies

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Kevin Bridges is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Kevin Bridges Stand Up for the Week, The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Channel 4's Comedy Gala

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Dave Allen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Dave Allen Freaks and Geeks, Dave Allen at Large, Squeeze a Flower

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Russell Howard is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Russell Howard Mock the Week, Russell Howard's Good News

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Graham Chapman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Graham Chapman Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life

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Peter Cook is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Peter Cook Bedazzled w 2000, Bedazzled 1967, The Princess Bride

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Lee Evans is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Lee Evans The Fifth Element, There's Something About Mary, MouseHunt

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Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Dudley Moore Arthur, 10, Bedazzled

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Sacha Baron Cohen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Sacha Baron Cohen Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Brüno, The Dictator

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Jennifer Saunders is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Jennifer Saunders Absolutely Fabulous, Coraline, Shrek 2

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Dylan Moran is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Dylan Moran Shaun of the Dead, Notting Hill, Black Books

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Rhod Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Rhod Gilbert IRT Deadliest Roads, Ask Rhod Gilbert

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Graham Norton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Graham Norton The Graham Norton Show, Over the Rainbow, Graham Norton: Live at the Roundhouse

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Micky Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Micky Flanagan The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, The Mad Bad Ad Show, Epic Win

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Jon Richardson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time