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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
3,563 1,524
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Lion King, Bean, Mr. Bean's Holiday

2
3,416 1,642
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 2 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

3
3,318 1,584
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
2,880 1,975
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
3,203 2,124
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
1,936 1,183
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
1,940 1,314
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
6,524 2,686
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
2,305 1,320
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
2,106 1,410
Bill Bailey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Hot Fuzz, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Black Books

11
1,574 758
Ronnie Barker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Porridge, Open All Hours, The Two Ronnies

12
2,179 1,379
Peter Kay is listed (or ranked) 12 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

13
2,539 2,008
Eddie Izzard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Valkyrie, Ocean's Thirteen, The Riches

14
2,148 1,537
Frankie Boyle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Mock the Week, Live Floor Show, When Were We Funniest?

15
1,393 912
Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 15 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

16
2,133 1,874
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
2,232 1,450
Dara Ó Briain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
QI, Mock the Week, A League of Their Own

18
1,539 1,181
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times

19
1,384 820
Simon Pegg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul

20
1,815 1,251
Rob Brydon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Shaun of the Dead, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

21
1,888 1,337
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
1,480 933
Eric Morecambe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Morecambe & Wise Show, The Magnificent Two, That Riviera Touch

23
1,145 766
Eric Idle is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
1,188 603
Tommy Cooper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Plank, It's Tommy Cooper, The Cool Mikado

25
1,237 724
Rik Mayall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
An American Werewolf in London, Guest House Paradiso, Drop Dead Fred

26
1,328 981
Spike Milligan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Life of Brian, Dot and the Kangaroo, The Last Remake of Beau Geste

27
1,612 1,209
Steve Coogan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
hilomena, Alan Partridge, Despicable Me 2

28
1,318 950
Benny Hill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Italian Job, The Benny Hill Show

29
1,275 966
Ronnie Corbett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Casino Royale, Fierce Creatures, The Two Ronnies

30
1,466 1,242
Jack Dee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Fourplay, The Last Drop, Lead Balloon

31
1,093 545
Richard Ayoade is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Submarine, The Watch, The Boxtrolls

32
1,511 1,374
Russell Howard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Mock the Week, Russell Howard's Good News

33
1,056 670
Michael Palin is listed (or ranked) 33 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

34
1,101 1,057
Peter Cook is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Bedazzled w 2000, Bedazzled 1967, The Princess Bride

35
938 567
David Jason is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Danger Mouse, Only Fools and Horses...., A Touch of Frost

36
1,618 1,301
Lee Evans is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Fifth Element, There's Something About Mary, MouseHunt

37
1,033 720
Dawn French is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Coraline, French and Saunders, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

38
1,239 988
Micky Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, The Mad Bad Ad Show, Epic Win

39
993 881
Sacha Baron Cohen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Brüno, The Dictator

40
1,386 1,268
John Bishop is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, A League of Their Own, Love Takes Wing

41
864 544
Kevin Bridges is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Stand Up for the Week, The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Channel 4's Comedy Gala

42
1,226 1,043
Rhod Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
IRT Deadliest Roads, Ask Rhod Gilbert

43
917 533
Dave Allen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Freaks and Geeks, Dave Allen at Large, Squeeze a Flower

44
1,097 1,028
Dylan Moran is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Shaun of the Dead, Notting Hill, Black Books

45
2,892 1,527
Stephen Merchant is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Office, Cemetery Junction, The Ricky Gervais Show

46
799 621
Jennifer Saunders is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Absolutely Fabulous, Coraline, Shrek 2

47
773 586
Graham Chapman is listed (or ranked) 47 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

48
650 589
Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Arthur, 10, Bedazzled

49
3,137 2,181
Karl Pilkington is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
An Idiot Abroad, The Ricky Gervais Show, The Ricky Gervais Show

50
830 693
Graham Norton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Graham Norton Show, Over the Rainbow, Graham Norton: Live at the Roundhouse