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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
3,734 1,684
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
3,552 1,761
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
3,493 1,680
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
3,006 2,104
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
3,342 2,249
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
2,028 1,295
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
2,057 1,391
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
6,683 2,788
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
2,431 1,379
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
1,675 820
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
2,319 1,454
Peter Kay is listed (or ranked) 11 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

12
2,193 1,482
Bill Bailey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Hot Fuzz, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Black Books

13
2,253 1,623
Frankie Boyle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Mock the Week, Live Floor Show, When Were We Funniest?

14
2,256 1,969
Michael McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
2,627 2,105
Eddie Izzard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Valkyrie, Ocean's Thirteen, The Riches

16
1,461 981
Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
2,316 1,519
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
1,613 1,241
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
1,475 892
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
1,904 1,300
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
1,565 975
Eric Morecambe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Morecambe & Wise Show, The Magnificent Two, That Riviera Touch

22
1,957 1,388
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
1,203 811
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
1,282 651
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
1,311 774
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
1,390 1,023
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
1,334 999
Ronnie Corbett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Casino Royale, Fierce Creatures, The Two Ronnies

28
1,664 1,260
Steve Coogan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
hilomena, Alan Partridge, Despicable Me 2

29
1,184 594
Richard Ayoade is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Submarine, The Watch, The Boxtrolls

30
1,379 1,004
Benny Hill is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Italian Job, The Benny Hill Show

31
1,618 1,437
Russell Howard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Mock the Week, Russell Howard's Good News

32
1,515 1,292
Jack Dee is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Fourplay, The Last Drop, Lead Balloon

33
1,000 595
David Jason is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Danger Mouse, Only Fools and Horses...., A Touch of Frost

34
1,112 707
Michael Palin is listed (or ranked) 34 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

35
1,712 1,355
Lee Evans is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Fifth Element, There's Something About Mary, MouseHunt

36
1,330 1,028
Micky Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
1,142 1,096
Peter Cook is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Bedazzled w 2000, Bedazzled 1967, The Princess Bride

38
1,068 931
Sacha Baron Cohen is listed (or ranked) 38 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

39
1,079 776
Dawn French is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Coraline, French and Saunders, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

40
948 576
Kevin Bridges is listed (or ranked) 40 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

41
1,440 1,307
John Bishop is listed (or ranked) 41 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

42
1,299 1,085
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
976 563
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
2,948 1,559
Stephen Merchant is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Office, Cemetery Junction, The Ricky Gervais Show

45
1,127 1,065
Dylan Moran is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Shaun of the Dead, Notting Hill, Black Books

46
3,206 2,217
Karl Pilkington is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
An Idiot Abroad, The Ricky Gervais Show, The Ricky Gervais Show

47
716 530
Jon Richardson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time

48
812 616
Graham Chapman is listed (or ranked) 48 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

49
831 661
Jennifer Saunders is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Absolutely Fabulous, Coraline, Shrek 2

50
679 623
Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Arthur, 10, Bedazzled