I’m setting myself the easy challenge or writing about each comedian on this list.
I decided to write this blog a bit late so I’m starting at around 95, it’s just gonna be a line or two about each one, and in some cases probably just one offensive word.
96- Lee Hurst. Well this will be a great start, I’ve never seen any of his work but I have heard good things.
95- Jackie Mason. There’s nothing like a stand up comedian you can barely understand, but you have to give him credit for working so hard for so long. Maybe one year I’ll go see him, but probably I wont.
94- Arthur Smith, the type of person that you just want to go for a drink with and chat to all night. I’ve heard he does night tours of edinburgh during the fringe so I may have to go on one.
93- Rosanne Barr, she just reminds me of childhood so I love her. She always makes me laugh out loud.
92- Ken Dodd, I remember as a child my grandad playing me a cassette of the diddy men and I loved it. I would love to go see him one day, better book a week off though if he runs as long as they say.
91- Rik Mayall, he’s got balls I’ll give you that, he will go out of his way to make me laugh no matter how stupid it makes him look. Would be nice to see him doing more in front of the cameras now days.
90- Dick Gregory, I haven’t seen much of his work but I feel like I should look into it.
89- Shaun Hughes, I loved him on Buzzcocks but I’m never really sure whether I like his stand up, although the dancing with the pets routine always cracks me up.
88- Joe Pasquale, Fuck off you joke stealer! (See Stuart Lee 90’s Comedian)
87- Jethro, maybe if I was from the west country but he’s not for me, although just seeing that Bernard Manning doesn’t like him I now do.
86- Harry Enfield, brilliant in the 90’s but he isn’t for now. If you watch The Fast Show and Enfield and Chums now it just seems stale and unfunny.
(Ad-Break, just realised some of these are going to be basically nothing because I haven’t seen any of their stand up, ah well)
85- Dame Edna Everidge, probably the best character comedian, brave and ballsy, but she can get away with it. Barry Humphries is a genius and has made such a well-rounded character that you could watch for hours.
84- Dave Spikey, he’s of that group of people who bore me, immensely.
83- Lenny Henry, now I could make a cheap joke about him and Dawn French splitting but I wont, although I realllllly want to. The thing with Lenny Henry is, like Harry Enfield, he made me laugh in the 90’s but he doesn’t now.
82- Bob Newheart, I don’t know who is, I apologise.
81- Tim Minchin, the best musical comedian around at the moment, he makes ginger cool, marriage look nice, canvas bags wonderful. Such a wonderdul piano player aswell, he sends chills down me when he plays.
80- Ronnie Corbett, the shit one from the two Ronnies. All I can say is why do the good die first.
79- Julian Clary, filth at it’s best, although not around as much these days, when ever you do see his stand up he is still as filthy as ever.
78- Ardal O’Hanlon, the charm of the irish all in one man. You can’t dislike him.
77- Emo Philips, I actually love this man so good, if you look on YouTube there is a full set from him in several parts. He makes me laugh so much that I normally cry while watching him.
76- Chic Murray, I honestly have no idea who this man is….so*whistles and swings leg….yeah.
75- Patrick Kielty, grrrrr, I’m not gonna swear about him I just don’t like him.
74- Bill Cosby, the funniest twitterer around. He’s like a black Williams Shatner.
73- Jim Davidson, CUNT.
72- Alexi Sayle, I just wish I’d got to see him when he was doing stand up, he would have scared me but it would have been a good scare.
71- Denis Leary, what I’ve seen I liked but I do need to see more.
70- Jenny Eclair, she is the type of woman who you know is just immensely cleverer than you and so is quite frightening.
69-Frankie Howerd, just wonderful and he went to early, as in I never got to see him.
68-Lily Savage, well she’s better than Paul O’Grady.
67-Demetri Martin, I love clever comedy, and he is that at it’s best. Hopefully he will be at the fringe this year.
66-Mark Thomas, nearly the greatest political stand up there is, number one in this country for me anyway. Such a clever man, and I suggest reading Belching Out The Devil, very good book about coca cola.
65-Jason Manford, I don’t like much northern comedians, don’t know why I just don’t, but Jason Manford never fails to make me laugh, and even with one story make me wince massively.
64-Bob Monkhouse, my mum loves him, I don’t. Shame he dies though.
63-Phill Jupitus, although I’ve heard he isn’t very nice if you ever talk to him in public it still doesn’t detract from the fact that he is a very, very funny man.
62- Roy Chubby Brown, CUNT. Oh look there’s another one, and I’m sure there’s one more.
61-Steve Martin, would be nice to see more stand up from him, other than that I only like a few of his films.
60-Andy Kaufman, the bravest and probably craziest man in comedy, shame he died quite young.
59-Steve Coogan, well here’s yet another funny in the 90’s case. See recent tour sales for proof.
58-Graham Norton, the entertainment show bitch that we all forget is very funny. Of course he isn’t going to be rude on Dorothy, it’s half seven, what do you expect.
57-Joan Rivers, a very funny woman who surprisingly looks better with surgery than without.
56-Jerry Seinfeld, I hope I’m not alone with this, I’ve never found him funny.
55-Dave Allen, the greatest sit down comic ever, I could watch this man for hours. his style is just perfect and his material is spot on.
54-Paul Merton, he is a god in my eyes, and even though he is very funny he will always sit back and let others have a go when he is on panel shows.
53-Lenny Bruce, what little I have heard is brilliant.
52-Chris Addison, one of the clever new brand of comedians around, he is just perfect. Even his short lives sitcom Labrats was amazing, there is a site where you can watch every episode for free, when I find it, I’ll post the link.
51-Bernard Manning, CUNT!
50-Stephen Wright, dead pan comedy at it’s best.
49-Robert Newman, another brilliant political standup, a wonderfully clever man who I hope to eventually see at some stage.
48-Johnny Vegas, there is nothing like a comedian who will go to any lengths to get a laugh, no matter how uncomfortable he makes the audience.
47-Bob Hope, from what I’ve heard he’s a bit of a twat, and he seemed to make most of his money out of wars.
46-Dave Gorman, ah documentary comedy at it’s best, although I haven’t seen his current tour I’m sure it was as good as everything else he has done, and we all love a graph.
45-Frank Skinner, I like him when he did Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned, then I didn’t like him, but now I’ve begun to enjoy what he is doing at the moment. Anyone who plays a ukulele is fine by me.
44-Tommy Trinder, well Ross Nobles campaign didn’t work, but he jumped up a lot.
43-Alan Davies, more stand up is needed from him, the panel shows are good, Jonathan Creek is good, his stand up is great, give us more.
42-Rhod Gilbert stop shouting at me. I think your funny but please stop shouting at me.
41-Ed Byrne, such a hard-working comedian who hasn’t got the publicity he deserves, he should be much bigger than others who I’m sure are to follow, like number
40-Eddie Murphy, yeah everyone loves a homophobic man who doesn’t look after his own child.
39-Reginald D Hunter, a brilliantly funny act who’s careering is growing at the right speed for him to be massive in the future I hope.
38-Ben Elton, I’m just gonna leave this cause I will just go off on one about hypocrites.
37-Jasper Carrott, well we all love the nutter on the bus routine, just a shame about that terrible sitcom he did.
36-Tim Vine, fast paced and simple jokes, just a wonderful act who I feel would be tiring to see live but I still want to.
35-Russell Howard, I like him, I really do. Clever and rather handsome.
34-Omid Djalili, I don’t like him that much, I have tried to but it didn’t help.
33-Jerry Sadowitz, I need to see this man, and I love the fact he does magic to. Even though I hate magicians.
32-Tommy Tiernan, hey look, it’s him from beautiful people. I feel like I need to watch more of him.
31-Robin Williams, you can’t knock the man for his skill and I still love Mrs. Doubtfire.
30-Jo Brand is just a wonderfully funny comedian who has had an amazing career.
29-Frankie Boyle, massively offensive but massively funny. Although his column in The Sun just looks offensive because you can’t hear him saying it. Plus no one should write for The Sun, shame on him.
28-George Carlin, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! Such a shame he died but his work won’t be forgotten.
27-Alan Carr, although it’s not normally the type of comedy I like, I love Alan Carr.
26-Jack Dee, he goes in and out of fashion like a yoyo but the point is he always comes back.
25-Al Murray is very funny and very clever, and if you understand what he’s doing it’s a lot funnier than taking it at face value.
24-Les Dawson, no one can badly play piano as good as him, and even his mother in law jokes weren’t to bad.
23-Daniel Kitson, I cannot wait until the fringe so I can see him live. Everything I hear about this man is nothing but praise and I feel the need to go and see what genius is.
22-Russell Brand, the proof that all publicity is good publicity, and who’s recent show was a brilliant and long-awaited answer to the storm that the media whipped up.
21-Lee Mack, his routine about glasses made me buy a thicker rimmed pair. That’s how powerful his stand up is.
20-And just like that it’s Tommy Cooper(Ha i’m hilarious), funny jokes, funny magic, funny hat.
19-Sean Lock, when his routines work they work wonderfully, but when they don’t they bomb.
18-Harry Hill, the surreal family comedian. His jokes are like an upbeat Milton Jones. Come to think of it, why is he not on the list?
17-Lee Evans, I’m bored Mr Evans think of something new, although your niece is a nice girl, went clubbing with her once.
16-Dara O’Brien once made me cry during a routine about Mr snuffleupagus, I was literally weeping for minutes.
15-Woody Allen, I understand he broke new ground but I still don’t find it funny
14-Dylan Moran, the most wonderful, charming man on the stand up circuit, and he has a smile which, although rarely seen, melts your heart. I never tire of watching him, a great comedian, and a great actor. Just wonderful.
13-Jimmy Carr, when I first saw him I honestly didn’t like him one bit, but he delivers things with such a style that I grew to love him.
12-Stewart Lee, I love him so much, I honestly cannot get enough of him. I could watch this man for hours. He doesn’t just fire out joke after joke, he essentially spoon feeds your perfectly crafted jokes.
11-Ross Noble, the ultimate king of instantaneous comedy. I am envious of the speed that his brain works and forms ideas.
10-Victoria Wood, all I will say is that she is a master songstress, and a funny woman and I cannot get enough of “Let’s Do It”.
9-Michael McIntyre, I know this shouldn’t be the type of comedy I like but he has made me cry on many different occasions.
8-Chris Rock, my brothers favourite racist, and Shaun Hughes has it right when he said it is for middle class black americans.
7-Bill Bailey, probably the most succesful musical comedian, I urge you, if you’ve not seen his remarkable guide to the orchestra then search it out and watch it. It’s not just funny, it leaves you in awe at his genius to do something on that scale.
6-Peter Kay you aren’t funny. We all remember things now fuck off. DO YOU REMEMBER AY AY CUSHIONS AY AY DO YOU REMEMBER AY AY DO YOU AY AY WHAT WERE THEY ABOUT AY AY YOU LEAN ON THEM AY AY! Imagine a biscuit falling in your tea, cor who would of thought.
5-Eddie Izzard is a genius for making scripted material seem like it’s off the cuff, and also doing a show in France in french is just a wonderful thing to do.
4-Bill Hicks was a wonderfully intelligent man who cared about things and had enough brain power to convey these things in a perfect way. He will go down in history as one of the truly great and truly inspirational comedians in history. I just wish I was born earlier so I could have had the chance to see him in person. He shows how stand up comedy can be an art form and can be used to change things. He is my number one and never will anyone come close to him.
3-Ricky Gervais, you used to be good, what happened? I mean The Invention of Lying, what were you thinking? Although I didn’t like The Office (The American Office is so much better), your first two stand up shows were hilarious and then you came back with Fame, I don’t remember laughing once while watching that. I’ve not seen Science yet but let’s hope it’s back on form.
2-Richard Pryor, I feel ashamed to say all I have seen of his work is the films so I don’t really feel I should comment on his stand up, but I’ll give it a go. The bits I’ve seen were alright but I’m sure in full they’re much better.
1-Billy Connolly, well he’s held his spot at number one and what can I say. Well I can’t say a bad word about him because he kept me laughing throughout my childhood. From his folk songs to his comedy anything he does turns to gold. Even now I still occasionally find myself singing D.I.V.O.R.C.E. for no reason. Along with a few others it’s the screen saver for my brain.
Thank you for reading this massively long blog, from the word count it comes in as just over 2500 words, come back soon for a shorter post.