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The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time

Updated February 20, 2020 243.2k votes 19.0k voters 963.7k views173 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    2,996
    1,632

    Billy Connolly

    Brave, The Last Samurai

    Age77

    BirthplaceAnderston, Scotland

    Sir William Connolly, (born 24 November 1942) is a Scottish stand-up comedian, musician,... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Rik Mayall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    1,552
    872

    Rik Mayall

    An American Werewolf in London, Guest House Paradiso

    AgeDec. at 56 (1958-2014)

    BirthplaceHarlow, United Kingdom

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  • 3
    Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    3,337
    2,031

    Rowan Atkinson

    The Lion King, Bean

    Age65

    BirthplaceConsett, United Kingdom

    Rowan Sebastian Atkinson (born January 6, 1955), CBE is an English actor, comedian, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Ronnie Barker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    2,032
    1,168

    Ronnie Barker

    Porridge, Open All Hours

    AgeDec. at 76 (1929-2005)

    BirthplaceBedford, United Kingdom

    Ronald William George Barker, (25 September 1929 – 3 October 2005) was an English actor,... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Richard Ayoade is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    1,749
    977

    Richard Ayoade

    Submarine, The Watch

    Age43

    BirthplaceEngland, London

    Richard Ellef Ayoade (, born 23 May 1977) is an English comedian, actor, singer, writer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Lee Mack is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    2,360
    1,410

    Lee Mack

    Not Going Out, Would I Lie to You?

    Age52

    BirthplaceSouthport, United Kingdom

    Lee Gordon McKillop (born 4 August 1968), known by his stage name Lee Mack, is an English... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Sean Lock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    2,302
    1,383

    Sean Lock

    QI, 15 Storeys High

    Age57

    BirthplaceEngland, Chertsey

    Sean Lock (born 22 April 1963) is an English comedian and actor. He began his comedy career as... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Peter Kay is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    2,257
    1,355

    Peter Kay

    Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, 24 Hour Party People

    Age47

    BirthplaceFarnworth, United Kingdom

    Peter John Kay (born 2 July 1973) is an English comedian, actor. Kay has written, produced,... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Michael Palin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    1,387
    911

    Michael Palin

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian

    Age77

    BirthplaceBroomhill, United Kingdom

    Sir Michael Edward Palin, (; born 5 May 1943), is an English comedian, actor, writer and... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    2,976
    2,055

    John Cleese

    A Fish Called Wanda, Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    Age80

    BirthplaceEurasia, Weston-super-Mare, South West England, United Kingdom, North Somerset

    John Marwood Cleese (; born 27 October 1939) is an English actor, voice actor, comedian,... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Eric Idle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    1,491
    1,005

    Eric Idle

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian

    Age77

    BirthplaceNorth East England, Eurasia, South Shields, United Kingdom, Tyne and Wear

    Eric Idle (born 29 March 1943) is an English comedian, actor, voice actor, author,... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Tommy Cooper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    1,633
    985

    Tommy Cooper

    The Plank, It's Tommy Cooper

    AgeDec. at 63 (1921-1984)

    BirthplaceCaerphilly, United Kingdom

    Thomas Frederick Cooper (19 March 1921 – 15 April 1984) was a British prop comedian and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    David Jason is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    1,297
    796

    David Jason

    Danger Mouse, Only Fools and Horses....

    Age80

    BirthplaceEdmonton, London, London, England

    Sir David John White, (born 2 February 1940), known professionally by his stage name David... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Rob Brydon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    1,713
    1,138

    Rob Brydon

    Shaun of the Dead, Lock

    Age55

    BirthplaceBaglan, Neath Port Talbot

    Robert Brydon Jones, (born 3 May 1965) is a Welsh comedian, actor, radio and television... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Greg Davies is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    1,349
    545

    Greg Davies

    The Inbetweeners, The Inbetweeners Movie

    Age52

    BirthplaceSt Asaph, United Kingdom

    Gregory Daniel Davies (born 14 May 1968) is a British stand-up comedian and actor. He is best... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Spike Milligan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    1,320
    873

    Spike Milligan

    Life of Brian, Dot and the Kangaroo

    AgeDec. at 84 (1918-2002)

    BirthplaceAhmednagar, India

    Terence Alan Milligan (16 April 1918 – 27 February 2002), known as Spike Milligan, was a... more on Wikipedia

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    Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    3,340
    2,469

    Ricky Gervais

    The Office, The Invention of Lying

    Age59

    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

    Ricky Dene Gervais (; born 25 June 1961) is an English stand-up comedian, actor, director,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Simon Pegg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    1,860
    1,332

    Simon Pegg

    Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz

    Age50

    BirthplaceBrockworth, United Kingdom

    Simon John Pegg (né Beckingham; born 14 February 1970) is an English actor, comedian,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Bill Bailey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    1,840
    1,341

    Bill Bailey

    Hot Fuzz, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    Age56

    BirthplaceEngland, Bath

    Mark Robert Bailey (born 13 January 1965), known by his stage name Bill Bailey, is a British... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Stephen Fry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    2,399
    1,772

    Stephen Fry

    QI, V for Vendetta

    Age63

    BirthplaceHampstead, London, United Kingdom

    Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is an English actor, comedian and writer. He and Hugh... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Ronnie Corbett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    1,166
    809

    Ronnie Corbett

    Casino Royale, Fierce Creatures

    Age89

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    Ronald Balfour Corbett (4 December 1930 – 31 March 2016) was a Scottish stand-up comedian,... more on Wikipedia

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    Dave Allen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    1,231
    761

    Dave Allen

    Freaks and Geeks, Dave Allen at Large

    AgeDec. at 69 (1936-2005)

    BirthplaceFirhouse, Republic of Ireland

    David Tynan O'Mahony (6 July 1936 – 10 March 2005), better known as Dave Allen, was an Irish... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Steve Coogan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    1,384
    1,030

    Steve Coogan

    hilomena, Alan Partridge

    Age50

    BirthplaceMiddleton, United Kingdom

    Stephen John Coogan (; born 14 October 1965) is an English actor, comedian, and producer. He... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    Eric Morecambe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    1,538
    1,044

    Eric Morecambe

    The Morecambe & Wise Show, The Magnificent Two

    AgeDec. at 58 (1926-1984)

    BirthplaceMorecambe, United Kingdom

    John Eric Bartholomew, (14 May 1926 – 28 May 1984), known by his stage name Eric Morecambe,... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Karl Pilkington is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
    1,570
    844

    Karl Pilkington

    An Idiot Abroad, The Ricky Gervais Show

    Age48

    BirthplaceSale, United Kingdom

    Karl Pilkington (born 1972) is an English television presenter, author, comedian, radio... more on Wikipedia

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