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Britain's Greatest Comedian!


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Originally broadcast in the Spring of last year I only saw it on Gold this weekend.

Group of 30 voted for by the public and then sorted into a top 30 by an eclectic panel of British comedians.

30. Kathy Burke
29. Rik Mayall
28. Michael McIntyre
27. Micky Flanagan
26. Bill Bailey
25. Stewart Lee
24. Eddie Izzard
23. Lee Evans
22. Jo Brand
21. Dave Allen
20. Rowan Atkinson
19. Sir Lenny Henry
18. Sacha Baron Cohen
17. Lee Mack
16. Ronnie Barker
14. Dawn French (tie)
14. Jennifer Saunders (tie)
13. Tommy Cooper
12. John Cleese
11. Caroline Aherne
10. Ken Dodd
9. Peter Kay
8. Spike Milligan
6. Steve Coogan (tie)
6. Ricky Gervais (tie)
5. Eric Morecambe
4. Peter Sellers
3. Billy Connolly
2. Victoria Wood
1. Stanley Laurel

Some interesting nominations there, I personally think the likes of McIntyre and Brand are about as funny as cancer.
All subjective though so what are your thoughts?

https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/britain_greatest_comedian/

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That list seems a bit silly to me.

Comedian? Or comic actor?

Stan Laurel, Peter Sellers and John Cleese were comic actors, they by and large delivered scripts ( which they often co-wrote and often extemporised).

If it was just a stand-up comedian, then in the last fifty years it has to be the Big Yin.

No Bob Monkhouse, Jim Davidson-Bernard Manning or Jethro FFS.

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5 minutes ago, The Realist said:

That list seems a bit silly to me.

Comedian? Or comic actor?

Stan Laurel, Peter Sellers and John Cleese were comic actors, they by and large delivered scripts ( which they often co-wrote and often extemporised).

If it was just a stand-up comedian, then in the last fifty years it has to be the Big Yin.

No Bob Monkhouse, Jim Davidson-Bernard Manning or Jethro FFS.

You're right, that's actually quite provocative. 

 

Fs

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19 minutes ago, The Realist said:

That list seems a bit silly to me.

Comedian? Or comic actor?

Stan Laurel, Peter Sellers and John Cleese were comic actors, they by and large delivered scripts ( which they often co-wrote and often extemporised).

If it was just a stand-up comedian, then in the last fifty years it has to be the Big Yin.

No Bob Monkhouse, Jim Davidson-Bernard Manning or Jethro FFS.

Seriously,Eddie Izzard is a comedian??

Some on that list is an insult to comedy and some missing from that list is an insult to comedy

Bob Monkhouse's stand up was hilarious and sharp as a razor....RIP

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8 minutes ago, The Realist said:

Yeah it's irritating me a little bit too.

Most of them are comic actors, and most of those that are comedians are dross.  Dave Allen 21? do me a favour!

Mickey Flanagan and Bill Bailey are two of my favourites......

 

No Jimmy Carr,  or Sean Lock 

 

Even Frank Skinner, Lee Hurst

 

 

That list is like Something compiled by out of touch Fuckwits, yes Hairy, Fuckwits.

 

I have an inner rage.....

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5 minutes ago, Normski said:

Seriously,Eddie Izzard is a comedian??

Some on that list is an insult to comedy and some missing from that list is an insult to comedy

Bob Monkhouse's stand up was hilarious and sharp as a razor....RIP

Absolutely 

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My top ten in no particular order would be-

Tommy Cooper-

Bernard Manning-

Bob Monkhouse-

Chubby Brown-

Jim Davidson-

Billy Connolly-

Jethro-

Dave Allen-

Ken Dodd-

Bradley Walsh. ( was funny as feck as a stand up, until he hit the big time).

Was gonna do a few honourable mentions but can't be arsed.

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24 minutes ago, Bastion said:

I have an inner rage.....

I'm getting that way too.

No Frank Carson-Benny Hill-Mick Miller-Mike Reid- Johnnie Casson-Jack Dee. Frank Skinner is also funny as feck live, and not too bothered about being PC.

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