The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time People

The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time

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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 seriuos 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.

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

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    Charlie Chaplin

    1889 More
    71
  2. 112
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    37
  3. 128
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  4. 131
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    1907 More
    31
  5. 87
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    John Le Mesurier

    1912 More
    44
  6. 46
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    1913 More
    57
  7. 49
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    Arthur Lowe

    1915 More
    56
  8. 140
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    29
  9. 66
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    Frankie Howerd

    1917 More
    51
  10. 37
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    1918 More
    61
  11. 76
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    1921 More
    49
  12. 141
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    29
  13. 90
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    Peter Sallis

    1921 More
    43
  14. 31
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    Tommy Cooper

    1921 More
    63
  15. 47
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    often listed
    Mollie Sugden

    1922 More
    57
  16. 62
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    Eric Sykes

    1923 More
    51
  17. 28
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    Benny Hill

    1924 More
    65
  18. 58
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    Tony Hancock

    1924 More
    52
  19. 17
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    Peter Sellers

    1925 More
    73
  20. 29
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    Eric Morecambe

    1926 More
    65
  21. 57
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    Kenneth Williams

    1926 More
    52
  22. 55
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    niche appeal
    Leonard Rossiter

    1926 More
    53
  23. 127
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  25. 133
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  26. 104
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    Bob Monkhouse

    1928 More
    40
  27. 129
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  28. 72
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    Patricia Routledge

    1929 More
    49
  29. 18
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    73
  30. 117
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    1930 More
    33
    added by: KeithJosephBarbara
  31. 30
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    Ronnie Corbett

    1930 More
    64
  32. 121
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    often listed
    Windsor Davies

    1930 More
    33
  33. 73
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    Les Dawson

    1931 More
    49
  34. 63
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    Richard Briers

    1934 More
    51
  35. 84
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Trevor Bannister

    1934 More
    46
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    Dudley Moore

    1935 More
    57
  37. 125
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    often listed
    James Bolam

    1935 More
    33
  38. 56
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    often listed
    John Inman

    1935 More
    52
  39. 83
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    Dave Allen

    1936 More
    46
  40. 80
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    Richard Wilson

    1936 More
    47
  41. 136
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    1937 More
    30
  42. 41
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Peter Cook

    1937 More
    61
  43. 2
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    1939 More
    95
  44. 36
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    David Jason

    1940 More
    61
  45. 124
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    1940 More
    33
  46. 33
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    1941 More
    62
  47. 9
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    1942 More
    81
  48. 92
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    Michael Crawford

    1942 More
    42
  49. 51
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    1942 More
    55
  50. 16
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Eric Idle

    1943 More
    73
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