Top 100 Comedians of all time :

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  1. limerickman

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    as voted by Channel 4 (U.K.) viewers.........

    100 - Tim Vine
    99 - Patrick Kielty
    98 - Alan Carr
    97 - Jim Bowen
    96 - Bill Cosby
    95 - Lee Mack
    94 - Ardal O'hanlon
    93 - Rik Mayall
    92 - Paul Merton
    91 - Dick Gregory
    90 - Joe Pasquale
    89 - George Burns
    88 - Ronnie Corbett
    87 - Reg D Hunter
    86 - Bob Newhart
    85 - Harry Enfield
    84 - Demetri Martin
    83 - Tommy Trinder
    82 - Barry Humphries
    81 - Freddie Starr
    80 - Andy Kaufman
    79 - Frank Carson
    78 - Mitch Hedburg
    77 - Chic Murray
    76 - Arthur Smith
    75 - Dave Gorman
    74 - Dave Allen
    73 - Ed Byrne
    72 - Frankie Howerd
    71 - John Thompson
    70 - Jethro
    69 - Russell Brand
    68 - Lee Hurst
    67 - Mike Reid
    66 - Chris Addison
    65 - Rhona Cameron
    64 - Tommy Tiernan
    63 - Alan Davies
    62 - George Carlin
    61 - Phil Jupitus
    60 - Omid Dajilil
    59 - Steve Martin
    58 - Dave Spikey
    57 - Julian Clary
    56 - Roseanne
    55 - Sean Lock
    54 - Emo Phillips
    53 - Tommy Cooper
    52 - Jerry Seinfeld
    51 - Lenny Henry
    50 - Bob Hope
    49 - Graham Norton
    48 - Ken Dodd
    47 - Jackie Mason
    46 - Rob Newman
    45 - Paul O'Grady
    44 - Robin Williams
    43 - Johnny Vegas
    42 - Dara O'Briain
    41 - Stewart Lee
    40 - Sean Hughes
    39 - Jenny Eclair
    38 - Andrew Dice Clay
    37 - Jim Davidson
    36 - Mark Thomas
    35 - Denis Leary
    34 - David Baddiel
    33 - Chubby Brown
    32 - Steven Wright
    31 - Bob Monkhouse
    30 - Lenny Bruce
    29 - Bernard Manning
    28 - Joan Rivers
    27 - Daniel Kitson
    26 - Frank Skinner
    25 - Steve Coogan
    24 - Eddie Murphy
    23 - Lee Evans
    22 - Jo Brand
    21 - Ben Elton
    20 - Jasper Carrott
    19 - Les Dawson
    18 - Alexei Sayle
    17 - Dylan Moran
    16 - Al Murray
    15 - Jerry Sadowitz
    14 - Woody Allen
    13 - Jack Dee
    12 - Jimmy Carr
    11 - Ricky Gervais
    10 - Ross Noble
    9 - Chris Rock
    8 - Victoria Wood
    7 - Bill Bailey
    6 - Bill Hicks
    5 - Harry Hill
    4 - Richard Pryor
    3 - Eddie Izzard
    2 - Peter Kay
    1 - Billy Connolly

    Personally I cannot see how any valid all time list could exclude : Peter Cook, Spike Milligan.
    And as for Tommy Cooper only being listed at 53 - that is a travesty.
     
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    And why is Woody Allen even listed?? or Robin Williams for that matter.
     
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    And where the bleep is Phillis Diller who's jokes are in the Smithsonian? and Carol Burnett? and Red Skelton? and..and...Some of those bums that need there mouths washed out with a bar of soap wouldn't make a pimple on the arse of the greats that made millions laugh every week.. :confused:
     
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    Robin Williams used to be funny--when he was on coke. Now I would rather castrate myself with a rusty fork than watch one of his movies. Woody Allen was never funny; he merely rose to somewhat amusing, and he only got that far in his movies from the 60s and early 70s. Now he is just annoying.

    I think George Carlin is getting seriously robbed here.
     
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    Tommy Cooper?? Brilliant!! I agree....

    My faves, in no particular order, are Steve Coogan, Ross Noble, Eddie Izzard, Dave Gorman, Catherine Tate, Morcambe and Wise...ermmm...George Carlin, Chubby Brown, Ardal O'Hanlon (Brilliant stand-up)....and Billy Connolly...oh, and Ricky Gervais and Co (Extra's, The Office etc)...

    Thanks for posting the list, brings back some happy memories!!

    I used to like Cannon and Ball, remember them??
     
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    No problem, Jag.

    Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball? I do indeed remember them.

    As some others have pointed out - there were few American comedians voted on to the list.
    Strange that Robin Williams didn't make it.

    Alexei Sayle is one of my favourites, I have to say - as well as Tommy Cooper, Billy Connolly.
     
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    This would be a tuff list to put together. It is heavily subjected to taste.

    SO! Let's add our own.:D

    Jim Carrey, Tim Conway, Jackie Gleason and many mentioned above.

    lw
     
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    Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. The rest are merely pretenders.
     
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    So you must remember only fools & Horses, Father Ted etc...and that bloke with the Bad cough who looks seriously like your avatar?? funny!!

    Re Laurel and Hardy?? feckin' hilarious!!

    Then there's Freddy Frinton and Arthur Askey...the Old School were brilliant....
     
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    I'm a big fan of Brian Regan. Clean & makes everyday happenings WAY funny.
     
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    Rodney Dangerfield, for gawdsakes- still not getting any respect!
     
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    an English poll and not one member of Monty Python in it, nor a member of the Goodies.
    Peter Sellars? Harry Secombe? (and Spike Milligan who someone mentioned before)

    unfknblvbl!!
     
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    Apart from Spike I wasn't too keen on any of the above...Python makes me cringe these Days although they were funny in the 70's....IMHO anyway.
     
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    What about John Cleese. Or even Jim owen, or an Aussie Carl Barron
     
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    Lol, it looks like all of them, almost. It might have been better to just put the top ten or three. Some of these I've never even heard of. Have to maybe check some of them out.
     
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    I've only seen this list just now and beating myself up that I have not seen it before.

    Why the hell are Rik Mayall and Harry Enfield so far down the list? C4 usually makes a good job of these lists and shows but they seriously messed up on this one.

    They got the positioning of Alan Carr right though so there is some redeeming quality to it...
     
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    Good list although I prefer USA comedians don't know why. Especially George Carlin is one of my all time favorites.
     
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    I could never get into American comedians and I don't really know why. I've seen some and don't find them funny at all.

    Jim Carry and Robin Williams are (were) the only two that I can laugh at. I've never seen their stand-up stuff but the films they were in were pretty good. However Carrys recent stuff blows a little...
     
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