The Best Comedians Overall

by tob46-214-441859 | created - 27 Dec 2015 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

1. John Cleese

Actor | A Fish Called Wanda

John Cleese was born on October 27, 1939, in Weston-Super-Mare, England, to Muriel Evelyn (Cross) and Reginald Francis Cleese. He was born into a family of modest means, his father being an insurance salesman; but he was nonetheless sent off to private schools to obtain a good education. Here he ...

For Fawlty Towers [12 episodes] Monty Python's Flying Circus, and all 3 Monty Python Films.

2. Lee Mack

Actor | Not Going Out

Lee Mack was born in 1968 in Southport, Lancashire, England as Lee Gordon McKillop. He is an actor and writer, known for Not Going Out (2006), The Sketch Show (2001) and Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show (2005). He has been married to Tara since 2005. They have three children.

Stand up King, & king of the panel shows, [Would I Lie To You] lightning quick, but Not going out is so very bad meaning bad.

3. Rik Mayall

Actor | The Young Ones

Rik Mayall, one of the first and foremost alternative comedians in the UK, was born in a village called Matching Tye, just outside Harlow in Essex. His parents, John and Gillian were both drama teachers. His acting debut was at the age of seven when he appeared in one of his father's stage plays. ...

For Young Ones [12 episodes] then Bottom [18 episodes] & never foregetting his scene in Blackadder

4. Dermot Morgan

Actor | Father Ted

Dermot went to University College Dublin, where he studied English and Philosopy. In 1974 he took up a teaching post, but left 2 years later to persue the comedy career that he had started at university. In 1979 his first introduction to TV came with an appearance on "Live Mike" on RTE television ...

Father Ted [24 episodes plus 1 special]

5. Rowan Atkinson

Actor | Johnny English

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born on 6 January, 1955, in Consett, Co. Durham, UK, to Ella May (Bainbridge) and Eric Atkinson. His father owned a farm, where Rowan grew up with his two older brothers, Rupert and Rodney. He attended Newcastle University and Oxford University where he earned degrees ...

For Blackadder [24 episodes (plus 3 specials) & Mr Bean.

6. Sean Lock

Writer | 15 Storeys High

Sean Lock was born on April 22, 1963 in Chertsey, Surrey, England as Sean M. Lock. He is a writer and actor, known for 15 Storeys High (2002), Ideal (2005) and This Filthy Earth (2001).

For how long he made me laugh on 8 out of 10 Cats and how much, decent stand up.

7. Steve Coogan

Actor | Philomena

Steve Coogan was born on October 14, 1965 in Middleton, Manchester, England as Stephen John Coogan. He is an actor and producer, known for Philomena (2013), Alan Partridge (2013) and 24 Hour Party People (2002). He was previously married to Caroline Hickman.

Mainly For Alan Partridge [12 episodes] & his impressions

8. Chris Barrie

Actor | Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Chris Barrie was born Christopher Jonathan Brown on March 28, 1960, in a British military hospital in Hanover, Germany. He was brought up in Northern Ireland and was a boarder at Methodist College Belfast. He was Head Boy in his final year and played the lead in a "Dial M for Murder" production. He ...

Mainly for Red Dwarf [Arnold Rimmer]

9. Bill Bailey

Actor | Hot Fuzz

Bill Bailey is known for his sharp wit and classic sense of humor. he is most famous for being in Never Mind The Buzzcocks, celebrity game-show in which he is a team captain. Bill is a stand up comedian, and has also starred in cult comedies such as Spaced and of course Black Books. He was given ...

Mainly for his stand up's 2nd only to Lee Mack, and for Black Books, especially the new job scene

10. David Mitchell

Writer | That Mitchell and Webb Look

David Mitchell was born on 14th July 1974 in Salisbury, England. His parents, Ian and Kathy Mitchell, worked as hotel managers in Salisbury. David also has a brother. In 1977 the family moved to Oxford, where his parents taught a course in hotel management at Oxford Brookes University. David was ...

For how long he has made me laugh on Would I Lie To You get's him above Barrie, but Lock is funnier and mack even funnier still, then Peep Show & The Mitchell & Webb Show

11. Peter Sellars

Director | The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez

Peter Sellars was born on September 27, 1957 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is known for his work on The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez (1991), Doctor Atomic (2007) and Iolanta/Perséphone (2012).

Pink Panthers

12. Robert Llewellyn

Actor | Red Dwarf

Robert Llewellyn was born on March 10, 1956 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Red Dwarf (1988), Mirrormask (2005) and Grushko (1994). He is married to Judy Pascoe. They have two children.

For Red Dwarf [Kryton]

13. Frankie Boyle

Art_department | Hangar 10

Frankie Boyle was born on August 16, 1972 in Glasgow, Scotland as Francis Martin Patrick Boyle. He is known for his work on Hangar 10 (2014), Distraction (2003) and Caledonian MacBrains (2002).

For his stand up

14. Vic Reeves

Actor | Vic Reeves Big Night Out

Vic Reeves was born on January 24, 1959 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England as James Roderick Moir. He is an actor and writer, known for Vic Reeves Big Night Out (1990), House of Fools (2014) and Catterick (2004). He has been married to Nancy Sorrell since January 25, 2003. They have two children. He...

For 1 scene "David Attenburgh's film crew"

15. Bob Mortimer

Writer | House of Fools

Bob Mortimer was born on May 23, 1959 in Middlesbrough, Teesside, England as Robert Renwick Mortimer. He is a writer and actor, known for House of Fools (2014), Catterick (2004) and Bang, Bang, It's Reeves and Mortimer (1999). He has been married to Lisa Matthews since October 2015. They have two ...

16. Adrian Edmondson

Actor | Bancroft

Adrian Edmondson was born in Bradford, Yorkshire. He went to Manchester University to study drama. Whilst he was there he met Rik Mayall, and the pair began performing as 20th Century Coyote. The act continued after university when Adrian & Rik moved to London, and they became two of the leading ...

Young Ones & Bottom

17. Ricky Gervais

Writer | The Office

Ricky Dene Gervais was born in a suburb of Reading, Berkshire, to Eva Sophia (House) and Lawrence Raymond Gervais, who was a hod carrier and labourer. His father was born in Ontario, Canada, of French-Canadian descent, and his mother was English. He was educated at Ashmead Comprehensive School and ...

For The Office, stand up & Ricky Gervias show

18. Rob Brydon

Actor | Marion & Geoff

Rob Brydon was born on May 3, 1965 in Swansea, Wales as Robert Brydon Jones. He is an actor and writer, known for Marion & Geoff (2000), Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005) and The Trip (2010). He has been married to Claire Holland since October 6, 2006. They have two children.

For his impressions

19. Stephen Fry

Actor | Gosford Park

Writer, actor, comedian, doer of good works, excellent good friend to the famous and not, Fry lives in his London SW1 flat and his Norfolk house when not traveling. Famous for his public declaration of celibacy in the "Tatler" back in the 1980s, Emma Thompson has characterised her friend as "90 ...

BlackAdder Goes Forth

20. Dylan Moran

Actor | Black Books

Irish comedian Dylan Moran was born in Navan, County Meath in 1971. Leaving school without any qualifications at age 16, Moran quickly became attracted to stand-up comedy and debuted, in 1992, at a comedy club in Dublin, The Comedy Cellar. A year later, he won the Channel Four comedy newcomer's "So...

For Black Books & a half decent Stand Up.

21. Johnny Vaughan

Actor | 'Orrible

Johnny Vaughan was born on July 16, 1966 in Barnet, North London, England as Jonathan Randal Vaughan. He is a producer and actor, known for 'Orrible (2001), Top Buzzer (2004) and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005). He has been married to Antonia Davies since August 5, 1999. They have two ...

For Radio X

22. Mark Lamarr

Writer | 15 Storeys High

Mark Lamarr was born on January 7, 1967 in Swindon, Wiltshire, England as Mark Jones. He is a producer and writer, known for 15 Storeys High (2002), Never Mind the Buzzcocks (1996) and Huge (2010).

Buzzcocks



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