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The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time  

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List Rules 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 they appear in any of the best British sitcoms? 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.

list ordered by
1
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
A Fish Called Wanda, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian
2
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Lion King, Bean, Mr. Bean's Holiday
3
Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Brave, The Last Samurai, The Boondock Saints
4
David Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Peep Show, QI, Would I Lie to You?
5
Jimmy Carr is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
8 Out of 10 Cats, 10 O'Clock Live, Distraction
6
Stephen Fry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
QI, V for Vendetta, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
7
Lee Mack is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Not Going Out, Would I Lie to You?, Would I Lie To You?
8
Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Office, The Invention of Lying, Cemetery Junction
9
Sean Lock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
QI, 15 Storeys High, 8 Out of 10 Cats
10
Ronnie Barker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Porridge, Open All Hours, The Two Ronnies
11
Bill Bailey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Hot Fuzz, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Black Books
12
Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Being There, The Pink Panther
13
Rob Brydon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Shaun of the Dead, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
14
Peter Kay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, 24 Hour Party People, Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights
15
Simon Pegg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul
16
Michael McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Michael McIntyre: Hello Wembley!, The Michael McIntyre Chat Show, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow
17
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times
18
Frankie Boyle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Mock the Week, Live Floor Show, When Were We Funniest?
19
Eddie Izzard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Valkyrie, Ocean's Thirteen, The Riches
20
Eric Idle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life
21
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
House M.D., Tomorrowland, Stuart Little
22
Dara Ó Briain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
QI, Mock the Week, A League of Their Own
23
Eric Morecambe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Morecambe & Wise Show, The Magnificent Two, That Riviera Touch
24
Rik Mayall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
An American Werewolf in London, Guest House Paradiso, Drop Dead Fred
25
Tommy Cooper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Plank, It's Tommy Cooper, The Cool Mikado