English stand-up comedians

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  1. Russell Brand

    Russell Brand


    Russell Edward Brand (born 4 June 1975) is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist.

  2. Eddie Izzard

    Eddie Izzard


    Edward John "Eddie" Izzard (/ˈɪzɑrd/; born 7 February 1962) is an English stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. His comedic style takes the form of rambling, whimsical monologue, and self-referential pantomime. He had a starring role in the television series The Riches as Wayne Malloy and has appeared in films such as Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen, Mystery Men, Shadow of the Vampire, The Cat's Meow, Across the Universe, and Valkyrie. He has also worked as a voice actor in The Wild (2006), Igor (2008), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008), and Cars 2 (2011).

  3. Bob Hope

    Bob Hope


    Leslie Townes "Bob" Hope, KBE, KC*SG, KSS (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), was a British-born American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, athlete, and author. With a career spanning nearly 80 years, Hope appeared in over 70 films and shorts, including a series of "Road" movies co-starring Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. In addition to hosting the Academy Awards fourteen times (more than any other host), he appeared in many stage productions and television roles and was the author of fourteen books. The song "Thanks for the Memory" is widely regarded as Hope's signature tune.

  4. Lee Evans

    Lee Evans


    Lee Martin John Evans (born 25 February 1964) is an English retired stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and musician. He is a director of Little Mo Films, which he had co-directed with the late Addison Cresswell, who was also his agent prior to Cresswell's death in 2013.

  5. Ricky Gervais

    Ricky Gervais


    Ricky Dene Gervais (/ərˈvz/; born 25 June 1961) is an English comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, and musician.

  6. Mathew Horne

    Mathew Horne


    Mathew Frazer Horne (born 6 September 1978) is an English actor, stand-up comedian, television presenter and narrator best known for appearing on several BBC sketch shows and sitcoms, most notably Gavin & Stacey portraying Gavin Shipman, The Catherine Tate Show, 20 Things to do Before You're 30, Teachers and Horne and Corden. Horne has most recently appeared in the BBC Three comedy Bad Education.

  7. Stephen Merchant

    Stephen Merchant


    Stephen James Merchant (born 24 November 1974) is an English writer, director, radio presenter, comedian, and actor. He is best known for his collaborations with Ricky Gervais and Karl Pilkington, as the co-writer and co-director of the popular British sitcom The Office, co-writer, co-director, and co-star of Extras, and co-host of The Ricky Gervais Show in its radio, podcast, audiobook, and television show forms. The Ricky Gervais Show in radio form won a bronze Sony Award.

  8. Paddy McGuinness

    Paddy McGuinness


    Patrick Joseph "Paddy" McGuinness (born 14 August 1973) is an English comedian, comedy actor, television personality and presenter, best known for his roles within ITV and Channel 4, presenting game shows such as Take Me Out and Benchmark.

  9. Tracey Ullman

    Tracey Ullman


    Tracey Ullman (born Trace Ullman; 30 December 1959) is an English television, stage, and film actress, as well as a comedian, singer, dancer, director, screenwriter, author, and businesswoman of dual British and American citizenship.

  10. Peter Kay

    Peter Kay


    Peter John Kay (born 2 July 1973) is an English comedian and actor. His last stand-up comedy tour was officially inaugurated into the Guinness World Records as the most successful of all time, playing to over 1.2 million people. He has written, produced, and acted in several award winning television and film projects. In addition, he has authored three books. In 2015, he starred in BBC sitcoms Peter Kay's Car Share and Cradle to Grave.

  11. Lucy Porter

    Lucy Porter


    Lucy Donna Porter (born 27 January 1973) is an English actress, writer and comedian. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Brighton Festival and many clubs around Britain. She has also a regular voice on BBC Radio 4 in various panel shows, including Quote... Unquote and The Personality Test.

  12. Jimmy Carr

    Jimmy Carr


    James Anthony Patrick "Jimmy" Carr, Jr. (born 15 September 1972) is an English-Irish stand-up comedian, television host and actor, known for his signature laugh, deadpan delivery, dark humour, and use of edgy one-liners. He is also a writer, actor, and presenter of radio and television. Carr moved to a career in comedy in 2000 and has become a successful comedian. After becoming established as a stand-up comedian, Carr began to appear in a number of Channel 4 television shows, becoming the host of the panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats and also The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, a comedy panel show that airs in late December to review the past year.

  13. Bill Bailey

    Bill Bailey


    Bill Bailey (born Mark Bailey; 13 January 1964) is an English comedian, musician, actor, TV and radio presenter and author. As well as his extensive stand-up work, Bailey is well known for his role in Black Books and for his appearances on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Have I Got News for You, and QI.

  14. Mackenzie Crook

    Mackenzie Crook


    Paul James "Mackenzie" Crook (born 29 September 1971) is an English actor, writer, director, and stand-up comedian. He is best known for playing Gareth Keenan in The Office, Ragetti in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, and Orell in the HBO series Game of Thrones.

  15. Jack Whitehall

    Jack Whitehall


    Jack Peter Benedict Whitehall (born 7 July 1988) is an English comedian, television presenter and actor. He is a former host of the E4 show Big Brother's Big Mouth in 2008, Celebrity Big Brother's Big Mouth in January 2009 and the Channel 4 topical entertainment show the TNT Show. He formerly starred as JP in the TV series Fresh Meat, and as Alfie Wickers in the TV series Bad Education. As of 2012, he is a regular panellist on the game show A League of Their Own. He also hosts Backchat with his father, Michael.

  16. Lenny Henry

    Lenny Henry


    Sir Lenworth George Henry, CBE (born 29 August 1958) is a British stand-up comedian, actor, writer, television presenter, and comedian, best known for co-founding charity Comic Relief and presenting various television programmes, including The Magicians for BBC One.

  17. Jim Davidson

    Jim Davidson


    James Cameron "Jim" Davidson, OBE (born 13 December 1953) is a British comedian. His highest profile roles came on the television when he hosted Big Break and The Generation Game. He also is a stand-up comedian and writer, developing adult pantomime shows such as Boobs in the Wood and Sinderella, both of which have played to sell-out audiences.

  18. Ken Dodd

    Ken Dodd


    Kenneth Arthur "Ken" Dodd, OBE (born 8 November 1927) is an English comedian, singer-songwriter and actor, identified by his trademark unruly hair and protruding teeth, his red, white and blue "tickling stick" and his famous, upbeat greeting of "How tickled I am!". He also created the world and characters of the Diddy Men, with 'diddy' being Liverpudlian slang for small.

  19. Nina Conti

    Nina Conti


    Nina M. Conti (born 5 June 1974) is an English actress, comedian and ventriloquist. Among many characters, her primary on-stage puppet sidekicks are a white-haired Scottish grandmother named Granny and a deadpan and somewhat sinister monkey named Monk.

  20. Omid Djalili

    Omid Djalili


    Omid Djalili (Persian: امید جلیلی‎‎; born 30 September 1965) is an Iranian-British stand-up comedian, actor, television producer, voice actor and writer.

  21. Gideon Emery

    Gideon Emery


    Gideon Emery (born 12 September 1972) is an English jazz musician, actor and voice actor, known for his stage work in South Africa and for providing voices in video games.

  22. Simon Amstell

    Simon Amstell


    Simon Marc Amstell (born 29 November 1979) is an English comedian, television presenter, screenwriter and actor, best known for his roles as former co-host of Popworld, former host of Never Mind the Buzzcocks and co-writer and star of the sitcom Grandma's House.

  23. Victoria Wood

    Victoria Wood


    Victoria Wood CBE (born 19 May 1953) is an English comedian, actor, singer-songwriter, screenwriter and director. Wood has written and starred in sketches, plays, films and sitcoms, and her live comedy act is interspersed with her own compositions, which she accompanies on piano. Wood also composed and performed the theme music for her award winning BBC sitcom Dinnerladies. Much of her humour is grounded in everyday life, and includes references to popular British media and brand names of quintessentially British products. She is noted for her skills in observing culture, and in satirising social classes.

  24. Bobby Knutt

    Bobby Knutt


    Bobby Knutt (born 25 November 1945) is a British television actor, who started in entertainment as a stand-up comedian. He is best known for playing Albert Dingle in Emmerdale.

  25. Henny Youngman

    Henny Youngman


    Henry "Henny" Youngman (original Yiddish surname Yungman; 16 March 1906 – 24 February 1998) was a British-born American comedian and violinist famous for his mastery of the "one-liner". His best known one-liner was "Take my wife...please".

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