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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    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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    The Lion King, Bean, Mr. Bean's Holiday

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    Peep Show, QI, Would I Lie to You?

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    Brave, The Last Samurai, The Boondock Saints

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    QI, V for Vendetta, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

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    8 Out of 10 Cats, 10 O'Clock Live, Distraction

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    Valkyrie, Ocean's Thirteen, The Riches

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    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, ...

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    Porridge, Open All Hours, The Two Ronnies

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    House M.D., Tomorrowland, Stuart Little

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    Hot Fuzz, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Black Books

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    The Office, Cemetery Junction, The Ricky Gervais Show

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    QI, Mock the Week, A League of Their Own

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    The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times

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

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    Michael McIntyre: Hello Wembley!, The Michael McIntyre Chat Show, Michael ...

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    Shaun of the Dead, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

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

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    Mock the Week, Live Floor Show, When Were We Funniest?

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

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    Fourplay, The Last Drop, Lead Balloon

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

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

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    Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, 24 Hour Party People, ...

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

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

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

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    Submarine, The Watch, The Boxtrolls

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

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    An American Werewolf in London, Guest House Paradiso, Drop Dead Fred

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    Stand Up for the Week, The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Channel 4's Comedy ...

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    Casino Royale, Fierce Creatures, The Two Ronnies

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    Freaks and Geeks, Dave Allen at Large, Squeeze a Flower

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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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    Bedazzled w 2000, Bedazzled 1967, The Princess Bride

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    Arthur, 10, Bedazzled

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    The Fifth Element, There's Something About Mary, MouseHunt

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    Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of ...

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    Absolutely Fabulous, Coraline, Shrek 2

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    The Graham Norton Show, Over the Rainbow, Graham Norton: Live at the ...

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    Shaun of the Dead, Notting Hill, Black Books

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    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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