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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  1. 1
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    the people's #1
    Ricky Gervais

    1961 More
    100
  2. 2
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    1939 More
    95
  3. 3
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    ranked low on reranks
    Rowan Atkinson

    1955 More
    91
  4. 4
    Up 1137
    Down 674

    most listed &controversial
    David Mitchell

    1974 More
    86
  5. 5
    Up 1228
    Down 739

    often listed
    Jimmy Carr

    1972 More
    86
  6. 6
    Up 1197
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Eddie Izzard

    1962 More
    83
  7. 7
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    ranked low on reranks
    Stephen Fry

    1957 More
    83
  8. 8
    Up 2001
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    1974 More
    83
  9. 9
    Up 1242
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    1942 More
    81
  10. 10
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    ranked low on reranks
    Hugh Laurie

    1959 More
    79
  11. 11
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    1972 More
    76
  12. 12
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    1964 More
    75
  13. 13
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    ranked high on reranks
    Steve Coogan

    1965 More
    75
  14. 14
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    often listed &controversial
    Michael McIntyre

    1976 More
    75
  15. 15
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    often listed
    Sean Lock

    1963 More
    74
  16. 16
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Eric Idle

    1943 More
    73
  17. 17
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    ranked low on reranks
    Peter Sellers

    1925 More
    73
  18. 18
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    1929 More
    73
  19. 19
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Charlie Chaplin

    1889 More
    71
  20. 20
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    Simon Pegg

    1970 More
    71
  21. 21
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    1965 More
    70
  22. 22
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    1943 More
    69
  23. 23
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    1961 More
    69
  24. 24
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    often listed
    Sacha Baron Cohen

    1971 More
    67
  25. 25
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    1973 More
    65
  26. 26
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    ranked high on reranks
    Frankie Boyle

    1972 More
    65
  27. 27
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    often listed
    Lee Mack

    1968 More
    65
  28. 28
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    ranked low on reranks
    Benny Hill

    1924 More
    65
  29. 29
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    ranked high on reranks
    Eric Morecambe

    1926 More
    65
  30. 30
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    often listed
    Ronnie Corbett

    1930 More
    64
  31. 31
    Up 132
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    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Tommy Cooper

    1921 More
    63
  32. 32
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lee Evans

    1964 More
    63
  33. 33
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    1941 More
    62
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    ranked low on reranks
    Jennifer Saunders

    1958 More
    62
  35. 35
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    ranked high on reranks
    Karl Pilkington

    1972 More
    61
  36. 36
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Spike Milligan

    1918 More
    61
  37. 37
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    ranked low on reranks
    David Jason

    1940 More
    61
  38. 38
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    1966 More
    61
  39. 39
    Up 130
    Down 76

    ranked low on reranks
    Dawn French

    1957 More
    61
  40. 40
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Russell Howard

    1980 More
    61
  41. 41
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Peter Cook

    1937 More
    61
  42. 42
    Up 722
    Down 783

    often listed
    Russell Brand

    1975 More
    60
  43. 43
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    Down 470

    ranked high on reranks
    Rhod Gilbert

    1968 More
    59
  44. 44
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alan Davies

    1961 More
    58
  45. 45
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    Down 45

    ranked low on reranks
    Dudley Moore

    1935 More
    57
  46. 46
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    Down 45
    1913 More
    57
  47. 47
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    often listed
    Mollie Sugden

    1922 More
    57
  48. 48
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    1958 More
    56
  49. 49
    Up 67
    Down 42

    ranked low on reranks
    Arthur Lowe

    1915 More
    56
  50. 50
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dylan Moran

    1971 More
    56
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