I am from the United States and I love our native comedians, but for some reason I just can't get enough of these British guys. I don't know if it's just because we aren't used to their form of humor or that we just love their accent when they make a joke, but these guys are all too funny. I'll have to say that some do dress a little different than our typical American comedian, but it only adds to their flavor. There are far too many to name on one page, but I will do my best to name off a certain few that are just too funny to miss. If you haven't seen these guys in movies, tv shows or just stand up, I beg you please make a point to do so.
I was first introduced to this flamboyant comedian after watching his "Dress to Kill" stand up routine. I don't know what made me not change the channel. I guess it was the way he was dressed. Eddie is a very short guy and is known for wearing high heeled shoes in almost all of his work. He modeled himself after comedians such as Steve Martin and Monty Python, but he shares almost none of their qualities. Eddie has a style of his own. His appearance is enough to grab anyone's attention. Most would want to change the channel in an instant after seeing his early stand up work,but recently he has toned it down a bit. One of my favorite roles he has played was in the movie "Mystery Men", where he played a retro disco villain who refused to believe the disco era was over. His man weapon was merely a can of hairspray. This guy is just funny in anything he is in. After seeing his stand up I can't look at him as a serious guy. He is just so out there. Mystery Men is just one of his early movies. He has also starred in Oceans Twelve, Oceans Thirteen, My Super Ex-Girlfriend and Valkyrie to name a few. He is absolutely fabulous in anything he is in.
Jeremy Hardy is another funny guy from Hampshire. He is best known for his radio shows and political humor, but he is also a great actor in my opinion. I never understood why he wasn't in more films. He was so good in the television series I saw him in. The only two films he has appeared in are "Hotel" and "How to be". He has been in several sitcoms and television series such as "Now, Something Else", "Grumpy Old Men" and "If I ruled the world", but the best one has to be "Blackadder goes forth". This series featured so many future breakout stars. The cast is unbelievable when you look at it. Actor's such as Hugh Laurie, Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson and Stephen Fry are just a few that starred in these series.
Sacha Baron Cohen
Well I bet you didn't expect to see this guy on the list, but he is definitely a native Brit. Sacha is of Hebrew decent, but he was born in London, England. His most famous work has to be the "Ali G" show. Most people don't even realize the people that he interviewed. It is stunning to see the whole list. Noam Chomsky, Kobe Bryant, Ralph Nader and Buzz Aldrin are just a few and that's not even scraping the surface. Cohen went on to star in the movies "Borat" and "Bruno", but the funniest one I have ever seen him in has to be "Talladega Nights" where he played opposite of Will Ferrell and John C Reilly. He has a great cartoon voice also. One of my favorite characters of his has to be King Julian from Madagascar.
Ricky Gervais is a guy that I was late to recognize. It wasn't until I saw "Night at the Museum" that I realized how funny he was. His odd humor just caught me up and I had to see more. Many don't know, but Ricky actually started his career as a singer, but after their two single failed to break the top 70, they soon sought out different careers. Ricky's main claim to fame was his hit television series "The Office", which later became an even bigger hit for now "The Office" star, Steve Carell. Ricky is best known in the UK for his stand up comedy and he is very funny, to say the least. Although his movie career is short, Gervais has appeared in some great movies including "Ghost Town", "Night at the Museum" and "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian". I feel that only great things are to come of Ricky in the future. We will just have to wait and see.
Russell Brand. What to say about this guy. He has the Sanjaya (from American Idol) haircut, wear womens jeans and always an opened button up shirt. He's very flashy to say the least. He achieved stardom after spoofing the hit television series big brother, in his version entitled "Big Brother's Big Mouth". Later he went on to star in movies like "Forgetting Sarah Marshall", "Get Him to the Greek" and his most recent movie, "Despicable Me". The first time I saw him was actually as a host at the MTV music awards and he rocked the joint. He had me laughing for days. He also has a very good stand-up routine, however it can get a bit raunchy and tasteless at times, but overall still hilarious. I do not recommend for children. He is now filming the movie "Arthur" and doing voice over for another movie "Hop" in which he plays the Easter Bunny. That should be very interesting indeed.
Hugh Laurie may deserve to be #1 on this list, but it's my list so here he sits. #2 isn't a bad spot. He is most known for his hit television series "House", but many don't know that his father was actually a Medical Doctor. A little ironic isn't it. Laurie's first big break was in the "Blackadder series" along with many other British comics, but he soon went on to star in a very successful sitcom/sketch comedy show entitled "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" which ran for a total of 6 years. Besides "House" Laurie has starred in movies like "Stuart Little", "Flight of the Phoenix" and "Monsters Vs. Aliens". He has also done voice overs for characters in both "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy". It is hard to find a mainstream television show this guy hasn't been in. It seems like everyone wants his comical contribution, yet he is always so suttle in nearly everything he is in.
#1 Rowan Atkinson
This guy is my shoe in favorite British comic. Most know him for his alter ego, Mr. Bean, but Rowan has had so many other great accomplishments. Atkinson, believe it or not, is a very educated man. He started out as an Electrical Engineer major at Newcastle College and went on to earn his degree in Master of Science at the Queens College in Oxford, all the while performing with the Oxford Drama Society where he met his longtime writing companion, Richard Curtis. Atkinson and Curtis went on to produce a Radio show called "Atkinson People" then later delved into the television business. Their most famous work, unbeknownst to many, is the "Blackadder" series. Although Mr. Bean is what Atkinson is most known for by Americans, he has also appeared in movies such as "Scooby Doo", "Johnny English" and "The Lion King". I'm a firm believer that this man could never say a word and make most anybody fall out of their seat laughing. Oh wait, that's exactly what he did as the Mr. Bean character.