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 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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  1. 1
    Up 1466
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    1939 More
    100
  2. 2
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    the people's #1
    Ricky Gervais

    1961 More
    98
  3. 3
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    1955 More
    94
  4. 4
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    most listed
    David Mitchell

    1974 More
    89
  5. 5
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    1957 More
    87
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    1972 More
    87
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    1959 More
    85
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    1962 More
    84
  9. 9
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    1942 More
    83
  10. 10
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    1964 More
    80
  11. 11
    Up 995
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    1972 More
    78
  12. 12
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    ranked low on reranks
    Stephen Merchant

    1974 More
    77
  13. 13
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    1965 More
    76
  14. 14
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    1963 More
    75
  15. 15
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    1925 More
    75
  16. 16
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Michael McIntyre

    1976 More
    74
  17. 17
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    1943 More
    74
  18. 18
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    1889 More
    72
  19. 19
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    1961 More
    71
  20. 20
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    Ronnie Barker

    1929 More
    70
  21. 21
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    1965 More
    69
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    1970 More
    68
  23. 23
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    1973 More
    66
  24. 24
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    66
  25. 25
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    Michael Palin

    1943 More
    66
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    1930 More
    66
  27. 27
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Peter Cook

    1937 More
    65
  28. 28
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    1971 More
    65
  29. 29
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    1924 More
    65
  30. 30
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    1968 More
    64
  31. 31
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    Dawn French

    1957 More
    63
  32. 32
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    1926 More
    61
  33. 33
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    Tommy Cooper

    1921 More
    61
  34. 34
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    1918 More
    61
  35. 35
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    1964 More
    61
  36. 36
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    1958 More
    60
  37. 37
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    1966 More
    60
  38. 38
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alan Davies

    1961 More
    60
  39. 39
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    1958 More
    60
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    1940 More
    59
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Russell Howard

    1980 More
    59
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    ranked low on reranks
    Graham Chapman

    1941 More
    59
  43. 43
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Russell Brand

    1975 More
    57
  44. 44
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    1968 More
    57
  45. 45
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    Down 72
    1935 More
    56
  46. 46
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    Down 67

    ranked low on reranks
    Sid James

    1913 More
    55
  47. 47
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Paul Merton

    1957 More
    54
  48. 48
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    Down 85

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mollie Sugden

    1922 More
    54
  49. 49
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    1972 More
    54
  50. 50
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    1942 More
    52
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