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The Top 5 Comedians You Should Know

Updated on August 15, 2012

We all love comedy. We all love to laugh. But who are the best people to do the job of making you laugh I hear you ask me? Well, here is a list of the funniest comedians working today which you owe it to yourself, to have 'checked out'. So lets begin the countdown, with each entry including an iconic piece of their work.
And lastly, this is a very subjective issue so if there is something you want to mention, leave a message in the comment section.

5) Lee Mack

Lee Mack is rude and unrelenting, yet strangely endearing. His stand-up is fast, witty, often inappropriate social satire and always filled to the brim with puns and the sort of jokes you are amazed he can think of in the time he is given. Even in his sit-coms, you can tell he is a very talented individual who has had to work to get where he is now. Although he does use swear words and talks about sexual situations, many of his TV appearances are still relatively family friendly. The key word in that, is relatively.
What is his best work? Have a look at his series 'Not Going Out'. Gag after gag sit-com. They don't come much 'laugh out loud' funny as this.

4) Michael Mcintyre

Micheal Mcintyre is the perfect 'middle-class' comedian and is hugely famous and well known in the UK. His humour is perfectly family friendly and pleasant, often surrounding issues such as being a parent or something as simple as making wine order at a restaurant. What makes him suh as 'nice' comedian is his friendliness, his very slightly camp attitude and gentle personality. You leave his shows feeling as though you've just seen a funny friend. Highly recommended. Probably the biggest comedian in the UK at the moment.
What is his best work? His performances on 'Live At The Apollo' really were what made him a household name.

3) Dylan Moran

I love this guy. He is incredible. If you've not seen Black Books, turn off your computer, and go watch an episode. Its incredible. And in real life, he is the same character. A hilariously syndical Irish man who drinks and smokes with perfect comic delivery. Nothing to hide. And that is what makes him hilarious. In fact, looking back at this week, the way I've told my funny stories, is modelled on this man's delivery. The way he speaks. He's made some appearances in films such as Shaun of The Dead but is relatively unknown compared to the rest of this list.
What is his best work? Black Books is the funniest TV series on the planet. And not just clever humour where you think 'oh, that's amusing'. No. It is on the floor, eye's streaming, physically painful laughing. And if you fancy Stand Up, watch What Is It.

2) Eddie Izzard

Probably the most internationally recognised comic on this list but he is deserving of it. The only reason he is not #1 is because of a slight inconsistency in some of his shows - some are lacking in the fare he usually exhibits. Anyhow, what makes him special? His delivery is hilarious. The way he speaks, as though he is making it up - he regularly improvises on stage. For example, if a joke doesn't get a big laugh, he'll pretend to write on his hand 'never say that again'. He regularly acts out fantastical situations such as when Jesus met the dinosaurs and adds in impressions. To a great extent, it is these topics and scenario's which make him so unique (that and the fact he is a transvestite).
What is his best work? There are two live shows which are the most funny, the most well done and most fantastic. Circle and Dress to Kill. Take a look at them, you'll be surprised.

1) Bill Bailey

When a comedian headlines at Download (one of the biggest music festivals in the UK) then you know you are dealing with a proper performer. Bill Bailey has a wacky sense of humour, slightly mad, all of which is underpinned by musical numbers. Don't get me wrong, he is not just about the music. However, it is a key part of his stand up (probably 30% music) and although I dislike musicals, his songs, are INCREDIBLE! He redid Metallica's Enter Sandman, to over 30,000 metal heads, with French horns! And as for his stand up, he has a weird way of taking on tangents into uniquely hilarious situations for the perfect gag.
What is his best work? Part Troll is the perfect stand up routine. I've listened to it over 20 or 30 times and it still makes me laugh. It truly is perfection.

Do you agree? Do you disagree? Even more important, do you think there are any comedians which you think should be on this list? If there is something I should mention, leave a message in the comment section.

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      Ushnav Shroff 

      6 years ago from INDIA

      A really good hub ! Well-written and informative ! :)

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      6 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Who doesn't love comedy - great Hub Hazza - I can't wait to check these guys out and have a good laugh. Thanks for sharing.


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