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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.

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1
3,053 1,295
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
John Cleese A Fish Called Wanda, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian

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2
3,133 1,147
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Rowan Atkinson The Lion King, Bean, Mr. Bean's Holiday

3
5,902 2,435
Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Ricky Gervais The Office, The Invention of Lying, Cemetery Junction

4
2,905 1,307
Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Billy Connolly Brave, The Last Samurai, The Boondock Saints

5
2,529 1,643
David Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
David Mitchell Peep Show, QI, Would I Lie to You?

6
1,620 882
Stephen Fry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Stephen Fry QI, V for Vendetta, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

7
2,811 1,809
Jimmy Carr is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Jimmy Carr 8 Out of 10 Cats, 10 O'Clock Live, Distraction

8
2,310 1,679
Eddie Izzard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Eddie Izzard Valkyrie, Ocean's Thirteen, The Riches

9
1,200 645
Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Peter Sellers Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Being There, The Pink Panther

10
1,303 563
Ronnie Barker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Ronnie Barker Porridge, Open All Hours, The Two Ronnies

11
1,862 1,183
Bill Bailey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Bill Bailey Hot Fuzz, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Black Books

12
1,369 921
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Charlie Chaplin The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times

13
1,683 1,123
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Hugh Laurie House M.D., Tomorrowland, Stuart Little

14
2,607 1,375
Stephen Merchant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Stephen Merchant The Office, Cemetery Junction, The Ricky Gervais Show

15
2,004 1,221
Dara Ó Briain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Dara Ó Briain QI, Mock the Week, A League of Their Own

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16
1,634 1,038
Lee Mack is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Lee Mack Not Going Out, Would I Lie to You?, Would I Lie To You?

17
1,924 1,111
Sean Lock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Sean Lock QI, 15 Storeys High, 8 Out of 10 Cats

18
1,106 610
Simon Pegg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Simon Pegg Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul

19
961 578
Eric Idle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Eric Idle Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life

20
1,860 1,581
Michael McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Michael McIntyre Michael McIntyre: Hello Wembley!, The Michael McIntyre Chat Show, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow

21
1,581 1,064
Rob Brydon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Rob Brydon Shaun of the Dead, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

22
1,854 1,310
Frankie Boyle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Frankie Boyle Mock the Week, Live Floor Show, When Were We Funniest?

23
1,286 734
Eric Morecambe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Eric Morecambe The Morecambe & Wise Show, The Magnificent Two, That Riviera Touch

24
979 430
Tommy Cooper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Tommy Cooper The Plank, It's Tommy Cooper, The Cool Mikado

25
1,851 1,186
Peter Kay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Peter Kay Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, 24 Hour Party People, Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights

26
906 500
Michael Palin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Michael Palin Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life

27
1,146 742
Benny Hill is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Benny Hill Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Italian Job, The Benny Hill Show

28
1,416 1,048
Steve Coogan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Steve Coogan hilomena, Alan Partridge, Despicable Me 2

29
1,320 1,056
Jack Dee is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Jack Dee Fourplay, The Last Drop, Lead Balloon

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30
868 530
Dawn French is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Dawn French Coraline, French and Saunders, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

31
1,168 797
Spike Milligan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Spike Milligan Life of Brian, Dot and the Kangaroo, The Last Remake of Beau Geste

32
1,011 566
Rik Mayall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Rik Mayall An American Werewolf in London, Guest House Paradiso, Drop Dead Fred

33
749 423
David Jason is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
David Jason Danger Mouse, Only Fools and Horses...., A Touch of Frost

34
815 384
Richard Ayoade is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Richard Ayoade Submarine, The Watch, The Boxtrolls

35
1,114 807
Ronnie Corbett is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Ronnie Corbett Casino Royale, Fierce Creatures, The Two Ronnies

36
1,254 1,069
John Bishop is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
John Bishop The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, A League of Their Own, Love Takes Wing

37
740 367
Dave Allen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Dave Allen Freaks and Geeks, Dave Allen at Large, Squeeze a Flower

38
761 698
Sacha Baron Cohen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Sacha Baron Cohen Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Brüno, The Dictator

39
650 389
Kevin Bridges is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Kevin Bridges Stand Up for the Week, The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Channel 4's Comedy Gala

40
682 446
Jennifer Saunders is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Jennifer Saunders Absolutely Fabulous, Coraline, Shrek 2

41
1,404 1,118
Lee Evans is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Lee Evans The Fifth Element, There's Something About Mary, MouseHunt

42
975 872
Peter Cook is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Peter Cook Bedazzled w 2000, Bedazzled 1967, The Princess Bride

43
546 421
Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Dudley Moore Arthur, 10, Bedazzled

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44
652 441
Graham Chapman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Graham Chapman Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life

45
1,294 1,179
Russell Howard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Russell Howard Mock the Week, Russell Howard's Good News

46
669 505
Graham Norton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Graham Norton The Graham Norton Show, Over the Rainbow, Graham Norton: Live at the Roundhouse

47
1,036 886
Rhod Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Rhod Gilbert IRT Deadliest Roads, Ask Rhod Gilbert

48
997 834
Micky Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Micky Flanagan The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, The Mad Bad Ad Show, Epic Win

49
972 864
Dylan Moran is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Dylan Moran Shaun of the Dead, Notting Hill, Black Books

50
458 363
Jon Richardson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time