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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
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
3
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
4
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
5
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
6
Simon Pegg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul
7
Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Office, The Invention of Lying, Cemetery Junction
8
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
9
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
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
Eddie Izzard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Valkyrie, Ocean's Thirteen, The Riches
13
Lee Mack is listed (or ranked) 13 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?
14
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
15
Michael Palin is listed (or ranked) 15 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
16
Frankie Boyle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Mock the Week, Live Floor Show, When Were We Funniest?
17
Peter Kay is listed (or ranked) 17 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
18
Rob Brydon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Shaun of the Dead, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
19
Benny Hill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Italian Job, The Benny Hill Show
20
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
21
David Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Peep Show, QI, Would I Lie to You?
22
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
House M.D., Tomorrowland, Stuart Little
23
Sean Lock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
QI, 15 Storeys High, 8 Out of 10 Cats
24
Peter Cook is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Bedazzled w 2000, Bedazzled 1967, The Princess Bride
25
Eric Morecambe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Morecambe & Wise Show, The Magnificent Two, That Riviera Touch