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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    Arthur, 10, Bedazzled

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

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    Absolutely Fabulous, Coraline, Shrek 2

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    The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, The Mad Bad Ad Show, Epic Win

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    IRT Deadliest Roads, Ask Rhod Gilbert

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    Mock the Week, Russell Howard's Good News

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

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

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

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

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

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    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Italian Job, The Benny Hill Show

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    hilomena, Alan Partridge, Despicable Me 2

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    Fourplay, The Last Drop, Lead Balloon

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

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

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

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    QI, 15 Storeys High, 8 Out of 10 Cats

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    QI, Mock the Week, A League of Their Own

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    The Office, Cemetery Junction, The Ricky Gervais Show

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    Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul

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

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

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    House M.D., Tomorrowland, Stuart Little

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    Porridge, Open All Hours, The Two Ronnies

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    Valkyrie, Ocean's Thirteen, The Riches

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    Brave, The Last Samurai, The Boondock Saints

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

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    A Fish Called Wanda, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian

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