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The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time 

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List Rules Vote up the funniest 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 comedians from 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 - and are English comedians funnier than their collegues from Scotland and Wales? 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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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
John Marwood Cleese (; born 27 October 1939) is an English actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter ...more

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Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Brave, The Last Samurai, The Boondock Saints
Sir William Connolly, (born 24 November 1942) is a Scottish stand-up comedian, musician, presenter, actor and artist. He is sometimes known, especially in his homeland, by the Scots nickname ...more

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#16 of 53 The Best Scottish Actors Working Today #203 of 362 The Funniest People of All Time

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Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Lion King, Bean, Mr. Bean's Holiday
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson (born January 6, 1955), CBE is an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter best known for his work on the sitcoms Mr. Bean and Blackadder. Atkinson first came to ...more

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#233 of 1,148 The Best Actors in Film History #117 of 282 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today #43 of 273 The Greatest British Actors of All Time

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Stephen Fry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
QI, V for Vendetta, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is an English actor, comedian and writer. He and Hugh Laurie are the comic double act Fry and Laurie, who starred in A Bit of Fry & Laurie and Jeeves ...more

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Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 5 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
Peter Sellers, CBE (born Richard Henry Sellers; 8 September 1925 – 24 July 1980) was an English film actor, comedian and singer. He performed in the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show, ...more

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#65 of 1,148 The Best Actors in Film History #17 of 273 The Greatest British Actors of All Timefeaturing The Best Peter Sellers Movies

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Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Office, The Invention of Lying, Cemetery Junction
Ricky Dene Gervais (; born 25 June 1961) is an English stand-up comedian, actor, director, screenwriter, and singer. Gervais worked initially in the music industry, attempting a career as a pop ...more

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#141 of 505 The Best TV Actors of All Timefeaturing The Best Ricky Gervais Shows and TV Serieslisted on Musical Guests of the Jay Leno Show

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Simon Pegg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul
Simon John Pegg (né Beckingham; born 14 February 1970) is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. Pegg came to public prominence in Britain as the co-creator of the ...more

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Jimmy Carr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
8 Out of 10 Cats, 10 O'Clock Live, Distraction
James Anthony Patrick Carr (born 15 September 1972) is an English stand-up comedian, presenter, writer, and actor who holds both British and Irish citizenship. He is known for his deadpan ...more

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#75 of 408 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time #54 of 87 Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Eric Idle is listed (or ranked) 9 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
Eric Idle (born 29 March 1943) is an English comedian, actor, voice actor, author, singer-songwriter, musician, writer, and comedic composer. Idle was a member of the British surreal comedy ...more

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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
Ronald William George Barker, (25 September 1929 – 3 October 2005) was an English actor, comedian and writer. He was known for roles in British comedy television series such as Porridge, The Two ...more
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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
Mark Robert Bailey (born 13 January 1965), known by his stage name Bill Bailey, is a British comedian, musician, singer, actor, TV and radio presenter and author. Bailey is well known for his ...more
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Lee Mack is listed (or ranked) 12 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?
Lee Gordon McKillop (born 4 August 1968), known by his stage name Lee Mack, is an English comedian and actor. He is known for writing and starring in the sitcom Not Going Out, for being a team ...more
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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
Edward John Izzard (; born 7 February 1962) is an English stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and political activist. His comedic style takes the form of rambling whimsical monologue and ...more

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#82 of 408 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time #325 of 362 The Funniest People of All Time

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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. He became a worldwide icon through ...more

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#9 of 1,148 The Best Actors in Film Historyfeaturing 18 Surprising and Revealing Facts About Charlie Chaplinlisted on Famous Left Handed People

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Frankie Boyle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Mock the Week, Live Floor Show, When Were We Funniest?
Francis Martin Patrick Boyle (born 16 August 1972) is a Scottish comedian and writer. He is known for his pessimistic and often controversial sense of humour.Boyle first gained recognition as a ...more
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Peter Kay is listed (or ranked) 16 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
Peter John Kay (born 2 July 1973) is an English comedian, actor. Kay has written, produced, and acted in several television and film projects, and authored three books. Born and brought up in ...more
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Michael Palin is listed (or ranked) 17 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
Sir Michael Edward Palin, (; born 5 May 1943), is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter. He was a member of the comedy group Monty Python. Since 1980 he has made a number ...more

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#402 of 1,148 The Best Actors in Film History #167 of 408 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time

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David Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Peep Show, QI, Would I Lie to You?
David James Stuart Mitchell (born 14 July 1974) is a British comedian, actor, writer and television presenter. He is half of the comedy duo Mitchell and Webb, alongside Robert Webb. The duo ...more
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Rob Brydon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Rob Brydon
Shaun of the Dead, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Robert Brydon Jones, (born 3 May 1965) is a Welsh comedian, actor, radio and television presenter, singer and impressionist. He played Dr Paul Hamilton in the Australian/British comedy series ...more
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Tommy Cooper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Plank, It's Tommy Cooper, The Cool Mikado
Thomas Frederick Cooper (19 March 1921 – 15 April 1984) was a British prop comedian and magician. He habitually wore a red fez, and his appearance was large and lumbering, at 6 feet 4 inches ...more
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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
James Hugh Calum Laurie, (; born 11 June 1959) is an English actor, director, singer, musician, comedian and author. Laurie first gained recognition for his work as one half of the comedy double ...more

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#198 of 1,148 The Best Actors in Film History #58 of 329 The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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Sean Lock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
QI, 15 Storeys High, 8 Out of 10 Cats
Sean Lock (born 22 April 1963) is an English comedian and actor. He began his comedy career as a stand-up comedian, won the British Comedy Award in 2000 in the category of Best Live Comic, and ...more
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Benny Hill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Italian Job, The Benny Hill Show
Alfred Hawthorne "Benny" Hill (21 January 1924 – 20 April 1992) was an English comedian and actor, best remembered for his television programme The Benny Hill Show, an amalgam of ...more

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Eric Morecambe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Morecambe & Wise Show, The Magnificent Two, That Riviera Touch
John Eric Bartholomew, (14 May 1926 – 28 May 1984), known by his stage name Eric Morecambe, was an English comedian who together with Ernie Wise formed the award-winning double act Morecambe and ...more
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Peter Cook is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Bedazzled w 2000, Bedazzled 1967, The Princess Bride
Peter Edward Cook (17 November 1937 – 9 January 1995) was an English satirist and comedic actor. He was a leading figure of the British satire boom of the 1960s, and associated with the ...more