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

Age: 76

Birthplace: Anderston, Scotland

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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#58 of 264 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time #200 of 362 The Funniest People Of All Time #17 of 53 The Best Scottish Actors Working Today

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Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Lion King, Bean, Mr. Bean's Holiday

Age: 64

Birthplace: Consett, United Kingdom

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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#37 of 264 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time #34 of 273 The Greatest British Actors of All Time #18 of 362 The Funniest People Of All Time

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Ronnie Barker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Porridge, Open All Hours, The Two Ronnies

Age: Dec. at 76 (1929-2005)

Birthplace: Bedford, United Kingdom

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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#177 of 273 The Greatest British Actors of All Time #874 of 925 People We Wish Were Still Alive

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John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 4 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

Age: 79

Birthplace: Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

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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#41 of 264 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time #41 of 273 The Greatest British Actors of All Time #17 of 362 The Funniest People Of All Time

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Rik Mayall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
An American Werewolf in London, Guest House Paradiso, Drop Dead Fred

Age: Dec. at 56 (1958-2014)

Birthplace: Epping, England

Richard Michael Mayall (7 March 1958 – 9 June 2014) was an English comedian, actor and writer. Mayall formed a close partnership with Ade Edmondson while they were students at Manchester ...more

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Sean Lock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
QI, 15 Storeys High, 8 Out of 10 Cats

Age: 55

Birthplace: England, Chertsey

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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Stephen Fry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
QI, V for Vendetta, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Age: 61

Birthplace: Hampstead, London, United Kingdom

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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The Best Stephen Fry Books #129 of 264 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time #84 of 273 The Greatest British Actors of All Time

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Lee Mack is listed (or ranked) 8 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?

Age: 50

Birthplace: Southport, United Kingdom

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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Peter Kay is listed (or ranked) 9 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

Age: 45

Birthplace: Farnworth, United Kingdom

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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Richard Ayoade is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Submarine, The Watch, The Boxtrolls

Age: 41

Birthplace: Whipps Cross, London, United Kingdom

Richard Ellef Ayoade (, born 23 May 1977) is an English comedian, actor, singer, writer, director and television presenter. He is best known for his role as the socially awkward IT technician ...more

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#252 of 273 The Greatest British Actors of All Time #32 of 39 The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked #17 of 31 The Funniest Deadpan Comedians of All Time

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Simon Pegg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul

Age: 49

Birthplace: Brockworth, United Kingdom

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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The Best Simon Pegg Movies, Ranked #60 of 273 The Greatest British Actors of All Time #76 of 362 The Funniest People Of All Time

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Rob Brydon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Rob Brydon Shaun of the Dead, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Age: 50

Birthplace: Baglan, Neath Port Talbot

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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#39 of 49 The Best Celebrity Impersonators Ever #33 of 50 Male Celebrities Who Are 5’7"

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Tommy Cooper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Plank, It's Tommy Cooper, The Cool Mikado

Age: Dec. at 63 (1921-1984)

Birthplace: Caerphilly, United Kingdom

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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#550 of 925 People We Wish Were Still Alive #6 of 13 Deaths Broadcast On Live TV #9 of 17 The Funniest Prop Comedians of All Time

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Eric Morecambe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
The Morecambe & Wise Show, The Magnificent Two, That Riviera Touch

Age: Dec. at 58 (1926-1984)

Birthplace: Morecambe, United Kingdom

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
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

Age: 75

Birthplace: Broomhill, United Kingdom

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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#140 of 264 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time #153 of 273 The Greatest British Actors of All Time #122 of 362 The Funniest People Of All Time

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David Jason is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Danger Mouse, Only Fools and Horses...., A Touch of Frost

Age: 79

Birthplace: Edmonton, London, London, England

Sir David John White, (born 2 February 1940), known professionally by his stage name David Jason, is an English actor and comedian. He is best known for his roles has appeared as Derek "Del ...more

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#122 of 273 The Greatest British Actors of All Time #1,402 of 1,999 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History #106 of 194 Celebrities Who Identify as Atheists

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Bill Bailey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Hot Fuzz, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Black Books

Age: 55

Birthplace: Eurasia, Bath, Somerset, South West England, Somerset, + more

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
18
Eric Idle is listed (or ranked) 18 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

Age: 75

Birthplace: North East England, Eurasia, South Shields, United Kingdom, Tyne and Wear, + more

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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#111 of 264 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time #65 of 362 The Funniest People Of All Time #1,105 of 1,471 The Greatest Minds of All Time

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Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 19 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

Age: Dec. at 55 (1925-1980)

Birthplace: Southsea, England

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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The Best Peter Sellers Movies #268 of 330 The Coolest Actors Ever #53 of 273 The Greatest British Actors of All Time

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Spike Milligan is listed (or ranked) 20 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

Age: Dec. at 84 (1918-2002)

Birthplace: Ahmednagar, India

Terence Alan Milligan (16 April 1918 – 27 February 2002), known as Spike Milligan, was a British-Irish comedian, writer, poet, playwright and actor. The son of an Irish father and an English ...more

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#98 of 121 The Best Comedy Directors in Film History #81 of 103 The Most Original Comedians

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Dave Allen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Freaks and Geeks, Dave Allen at Large, Squeeze a Flower

Age: Dec. at 69 (1936-2005)

Birthplace: Firhouse, Republic of Ireland

David Tynan O'Mahony (6 July 1936 – 10 March 2005), better known as Dave Allen, was an Irish observational comedian and satirist.Initially becoming known in Australia during 1963–64, Allen made ...more
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Jimmy Carr is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
8 Out of 10 Cats, 10 O'Clock Live, Distraction

Age: 46

Birthplace: London Borough of Hounslow, London, United Kingdom

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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#72 of 264 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time #48 of 53 The Best Dressed Male Celebrities #55 of 87 Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Greg Davies is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
randoms21 added Greg Davies The Inbetweeners, The Inbetweeners Movie, We Are Klang

Age: 50

Birthplace: St Asaph, United Kingdom

Gregory Daniel Davies (born 14 May 1968) is a British stand-up comedian and actor. He is best known for his roles as Greg in We Are Klang, Mr. Gilbert in The Inbetweeners, Ken Thompson in ...more
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David Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Peep Show, QI, Would I Lie to You?

Age: 44

Birthplace: Eurasia, South West England, United Kingdom, Salisbury, England, + more

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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Frankie Boyle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
Mock the Week, Live Floor Show, When Were We Funniest?

Age: 46

Birthplace: Pollokshaws, United Kingdom

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