The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time People
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The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time

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 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.
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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
    98
  3. 3
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    Down 372
    1955 More
    94
  4. 4
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    most listed
    David Mitchell

    1974 More
    89
  5. 5
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    Down 781
    1972 More
    86
  6. 6
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    Down 91

    ranked low on reranks
    Stephen Fry

    1957 More
    86
  7. 7
    Up 1261
    Down 754
    1962 More
    86
  8. 8
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    Down 678
    1942 More
    84
  9. 9
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    1974 More
    82
  10. 10
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    1959 More
    82
  11. 11
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    1964 More
    79
  12. 12
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    1965 More
    78
  13. 13
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    1972 More
    77
  14. 14
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    1963 More
    77
  15. 15
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    1943 More
    76
  16. 16
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    1929 More
    76
  17. 17
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    ranked low on reranks
    Peter Sellers

    1925 More
    76
  18. 18
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    often listed
    Michael McIntyre

    1976 More
    76
  19. 19
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    Down 97
    1970 More
    72
  20. 20
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    often listed
    Jack Dee

    1961 More
    72
  21. 21
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    1889 More
    72
  22. 22
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    Down 109
    1943 More
    72
  23. 23
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    1965 More
    71
  24. 24
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    1973 More
    69
  25. 25
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    ranked low on reranks
    Tommy Cooper

    1921 More
    68
  26. 26
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    Down 86
    1957 More
    68
  27. 27
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    often listed
    Ronnie Corbett

    1930 More
    67
  28. 28
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    Down 133
    1971 More
    67
  29. 29
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    Down 342
    1926 More
    66
  30. 30
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    1972 More
    66
  31. 31
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    1958 More
    66
  32. 32
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    1968 More
    66
  33. 33
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    1924 More
    65
  34. 34
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    1941 More
    65
  35. 35
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    Down 451
    1918 More
    64
  36. 36
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    Down 89
    1940 More
    64
  37. 37
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    Down 617
    1964 More
    64
  38. 38
    Up 422
    Down 505

    often listed
    Peter Cook

    1937 More
    64
  39. 39
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    Down 564
    1966 More
    63
  40. 40
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    Down 1692
    1972 More
    62
  41. 41
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    often listed
    Alan Davies

    1961 More
    62
  42. 42
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Russell Howard

    1980 More
    62
  43. 43
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    1958 More
    61
  44. 44
    Up 101
    Down 60
    1935 More
    60
  45. 45
    Up 97
    Down 58

    ranked low on reranks
    Sid James

    1913 More
    60
  46. 46
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    Down 487
    1968 More
    60
  47. 47
    Up 742
    Down 822
    1975 More
    60
  48. 48
    Up 67
    Down 70
    1922 More
    58
  49. 49
    Up 101
    Down 79
    1942 More
    57
  50. 50
    Up 340
    Down 438

    often listed
    Paul Merton

    1957 More
    56
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