The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time

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List Criteria: 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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    the people's #1
    The Office, The Invention of Lying, Cemetery Junction

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  3. 3
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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

    most listed
    David Mitchell Peep Show, QI, Would I Lie to You?

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    Stephen Fry is listed (or ranked) 5 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) 6 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time

    often listed
    Jimmy Carr 8 Out of 10 Cats, 10 O'Clock Live, Distraction

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    Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 7 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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Valkyrie, Ocean's Thirteen, The Riches

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    Ronnie Barker is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time


    Hugh Laurie House M.D., Tomorrowland, Stuart Little

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    The Office, Cemetery Junction, The Ricky Gervais Show

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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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    Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 13 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, ...

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    QI, Mock the Week, A League of Their Own

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    Not Going Out, Would I Lie to You?, Would I Lie To You?

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    Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul

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    QI, 15 Storeys High, 8 Out of 10 Cats

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Michael McIntyre: Hello Wembley!, The Michael McIntyre Chat Show, Michael ...

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    The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times

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    Shaun of the Dead, Lock^! Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, First Knight

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    Frankie Boyle is listed (or ranked) 21 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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    Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life

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    The Morecambe & Wise Show, The Magnificent Two, That Riviera Touch

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    Michael Palin is listed (or ranked) 24 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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    Peter Kay is listed (or ranked) 25 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, ...

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    Jack Dee is listed (or ranked) 26 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) 27 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time

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    Tommy Cooper The Plank, It's Tommy Cooper, The Cool Mikado

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    Coraline, French and Saunders, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ...

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    Steve Coogan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time


    Steve Coogan hilomena, Alan Partridge, Despicable Me 2

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    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Italian Job, The Benny Hill Show

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    The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, A League of Their Own, Love Takes ...

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    Danger Mouse, Only Fools and Horses...., A Touch of Frost

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    Kevin Bridges is listed (or ranked) 33 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 ...

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    Richard Ayoade is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time

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    Richard Ayoade Submarine, The Watch, The Boxtrolls

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    Life of Brian, Dot and the Kangaroo, The Last Remake of Beau Geste

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    Casino Royale, Fierce Creatures, The Two Ronnies

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    Mock the Week, Russell Howard's Good News

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    Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of ...

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    Lee Evans is listed (or ranked) 40 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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Bedazzled w 2000, Bedazzled 1967, The Princess Bride

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    ranked low on reranks
    Freaks and Geeks, Dave Allen at Large, Squeeze a Flower

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    ranked low on reranks
    An American Werewolf in London, Guest House Paradiso, Drop Dead Fred

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    Rhod Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time


    Rhod Gilbert IRT Deadliest Roads, Ask Rhod Gilbert

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    The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, The Mad Bad Ad Show, Epic Win

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    Graham Norton is listed (or ranked) 46 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 ...

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    Jennifer Saunders is listed (or ranked) 47 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) 48 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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    Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time


    Dudley Moore Arthur, 10, Bedazzled

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    Get Him to the Greek, Arthur, Forgetting Sarah Marshall

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