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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
3,305 1,306
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Rowan Atkinson The Lion King, Bean, Mr. Bean's Holiday

2
3,206 1,445
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 2 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

3
3,084 1,409
Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Billy Connolly Brave, The Last Samurai, The Boondock Saints

4
2,667 1,776
David Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
David Mitchell Peep Show, QI, Would I Lie to You?

5
2,982 1,938
Jimmy Carr is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Jimmy Carr 8 Out of 10 Cats, 10 O'Clock Live, Distraction

6
1,748 1,004
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
1,772 1,140
Lee Mack is listed (or ranked) 7 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?

8
2,060 1,197
Sean Lock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Sean Lock QI, 15 Storeys High, 8 Out of 10 Cats

9
1,298 742
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
1,438 626
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
1,965 1,259
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
1,443 1,001
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
2,412 1,809
Eddie Izzard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Eddie Izzard Valkyrie, Ocean's Thirteen, The Riches

14
1,984 1,671
Michael McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 14 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

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15
2,097 1,302
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

16
1,977 1,251
Peter Kay is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
1,962 1,395
Frankie Boyle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Frankie Boyle Mock the Week, Live Floor Show, When Were We Funniest?

18
1,393 784
Eric Morecambe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Eric Morecambe The Morecambe & Wise Show, The Magnificent Two, That Riviera Touch

19
1,214 686
Simon Pegg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Simon Pegg Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul

20
1,676 1,123
Rob Brydon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Rob Brydon Shaun of the Dead, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

21
6,079 2,577
Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Ricky Gervais The Office, The Invention of Lying, Cemetery Junction

10 Comedians You Should Know!

22
1,035 632
Eric Idle is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
1,759 1,192
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Hugh Laurie House M.D., Tomorrowland, Stuart Little

24
1,091 466
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
1,245 844
Spike Milligan is listed (or ranked) 25 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

26
1,242 801
Benny Hill is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
1,097 609
Rik Mayall is listed (or ranked) 27 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

28
1,187 840
Ronnie Corbett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Ronnie Corbett Casino Royale, Fierce Creatures, The Two Ronnies

18 Pictures of Taylor Swift Not Wearing Makeup

29
1,042 911
Peter Cook is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Peter Cook Bedazzled w 2000, Bedazzled 1967, The Princess Bride

30
1,377 1,105
Jack Dee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Jack Dee Fourplay, The Last Drop, Lead Balloon

31
950 574
Dawn French is listed (or ranked) 31 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

32
957 543
Michael Palin is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
1,383 1,225
Russell Howard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Russell Howard Mock the Week, Russell Howard's Good News

34
1,488 1,160
Lee Evans is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Lee Evans The Fifth Element, There's Something About Mary, MouseHunt

35
907 437
Richard Ayoade is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Richard Ayoade Submarine, The Watch, The Boxtrolls

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36
811 461
David Jason is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
David Jason Danger Mouse, Only Fools and Horses...., A Touch of Frost

37
845 399
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
1,298 1,121
John Bishop is listed (or ranked) 38 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

39
1,471 1,093
Steve Coogan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Steve Coogan hilomena, Alan Partridge, Despicable Me 2

40
1,080 873
Micky Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 40 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

41
827 750
Sacha Baron Cohen is listed (or ranked) 41 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

42
724 431
Kevin Bridges is listed (or ranked) 42 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

Trisha Paytas Loves and Hookups

43
1,114 924
Rhod Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Rhod Gilbert IRT Deadliest Roads, Ask Rhod Gilbert

44
732 484
Jennifer Saunders is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Jennifer Saunders Absolutely Fabulous, Coraline, Shrek 2

45
597 451
Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Dudley Moore Arthur, 10, Bedazzled

46
697 470
Graham Chapman is listed (or ranked) 46 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

47
875 908
Jo Brand is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Jo Brand QI, Getting On, Clubland

48
1,025 908
Dylan Moran is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Dylan Moran Shaun of the Dead, Notting Hill, Black Books

49
726 554
Graham Norton is listed (or ranked) 49 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

50
897 908
Sarah Millican is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Sarah Millican The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, The Sarah Millican Television Programme