Have you ever heard of the saying, ‘It takes 43 muscles to frown and only 17 to smile’? Well, most of you must have had, but how many of you do actually go by it? Only a handful, must say. Laughter is the best therapy to get past the teensy-weensy dose of blue and lift yourself up from the sense of sadness being experienced, but it is hardly ever used. However, thanks to the comedians who have stampeded television and films alike, we now have a reason to not just smile but laugh heartily. It may look insignificant and petty but all those funny remarks, silly conduct and hilarious one-liners go under the knife umpteenth times before being creatively polished and refined to make the audience laugh. Comedy is an art and comedians artists who swish their magic wand of words aided by their facial expression, body language and perfect timing to extract that magical laughter out of their spectators. And just like science, it has it genres to - wordplay, satire, black comedy and so on. Amused, are you now? If yes, the go through this list of British comedians who through their quirky one-liners and laughter-inducing packed performance have given more reasons to smile and laugh than frown!
Rowan AtkinsonRowan Atkinson
06 January 1955
Actor & Comedian
Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen
13 October 1971

James CordenJames Corden
22 August 1978

Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais
25 June 1961
Actor, Comedian

Jack WhitehallJack Whitehall
07 July 1988

Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
11 June 1959
Stephen FryStephen Fry
24 August 1957
Comedian, Actor

John CleeseJohn Cleese
27 October 1939
Actor & Comedian

Stan LaurelStan Laurel
16 June 1890

John OliverJohn Oliver
23 April 1977
Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade
12 June 1977

Noel FieldingNoel Fielding
21 May 1973
Rik MayallRik Mayall
07 March 1958

13 June 1974

Richard Beckinsale Richard Beckinsale
06 July 1947
TV & Film Actor
Michael PalinMichael Palin
05 May 1943
Comedian, Actor

Graham ChapmanGraham Chapman
08 January 1941
Sandi ToksvigSandi Toksvig
03 May 1958
Comedian, Writer

Eric IdleEric Idle
29 March 1943

Benny HillBenny Hill
21 January 1924
Russell HowardRussell Howard
23 March 1980

Brian BlessedBrian Blessed
09 October 1936
Tommy CooperTommy Cooper
19 March 1921

Dawn FrenchDawn French
11 October 1957

Johnny VegasJohnny Vegas
11 September 1971

Cilla BlackCilla Black
27 May 1943
Justin FletcherJustin Fletcher
15 June 1970
Actor, Comedian
Spike MilliganSpike Milligan
16 April 1918

Kenneth WilliamsKenneth Williams
22 February 1926

Sarah AlexanderSarah Alexander
03 January 1971

Tim VineTim Vine
04 March 1967
Comedian, Actor, Writer
Jack DeeJack Dee
24 September 1961
Stand-Up Comedian & Actor

Mark ThomasMark Thomas
11 April 1963

Peter Edward CookPeter Edward Cook
17 November 1937
Actor, Comedian, Satirist, Writer

Eddie IzzardEddie Izzard
07 February 1962
Comedian, Voice actor, Stage actor, Film actor

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Matt BerryMatt Berry
02 May 1974
Actor, Screenwriter
Stephen MerchantStephen Merchant
24 November 1974
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Radio personality,

Michael BarrymoreMichael Barrymore
04 May 1952
Actor, Comedian, Television presenter
Jimmy CarrJimmy Carr
15 September 1972
Actor, Comedian, Television presenter

Steve CooganSteve Coogan
14 October 1965
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Film producer

Miriam MargolyesMiriam Margolyes
18 May 1941
Actor, Voice actor, Comedian
Peter SerafinowiczPeter Serafinowicz
10 July 1972
Actor, Comedian, Voice actor, Screenwriter,

Greg DaviesGreg Davies
14 May 1968
Bradley WalshBradley Walsh
04 June 1960
Association football player, Comedian, Film actor

Matt LucasMatt Lucas
05 March 1974
Television actor, Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter

Gavin McInnesGavin McInnes
17 July 1970
Writer, Actor, Entrepreneur, Comedian, Columnist,

Martin ClunesMartin Clunes
28 November 1961
Comedian, Actor, Film director, Musician

Les DennisLes Dennis
12 October 1953
Actor, Comedian
Sue PerkinsSue Perkins
22 September 1969

Lee MackLee Mack
04 August 1968
Television actor, Autobiographer

Terry JonesTerry Jones
01 February 1942
Actor, Comedian, Film director, Screenwriter,

Tony RobinsonTony Robinson
15 August 1946
Television producer, Television actor, Film actor,
Mark GatissMark Gatiss
17 October 1966
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Novelist, Voice

Rob BrydonRob Brydon
03 May 1965
Actor, Television actor, Film actor, Comedian,
Ben MillerBen Miller
24 February 1966
Film director, Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Film

Michael McIntyreMichael McIntyre
21 February 1976
Actor, Stand-up comedian, Presenter

Julian BarrattJulian Barratt
04 May 1968
Actor, Comedian, Composer
Josh WiddicombeJosh Widdicombe
08 April 1983

Hugh DennisHugh Dennis
13 February 1962
Jo BrandJo Brand
23 July 1957
Comedian, Actor, Autobiographer, Screenwriter

Tracey UllmanTracey Ullman
30 December 1959

Caroline AherneCaroline Aherne
24 December 1963
Actor, Comedian, Television producer, Television
David FrostDavid Frost
07 April 1939
Journalist, Writer, Screenwriter, Television

Simon BirdSimon Bird
19 August 1984
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Film actor
Alan CarrAlan Carr
14 June 1976
Actor, Comedian, Film actor, Screenwriter

Alexander ArmstrongAlexander Armstrong
02 March 1970
Actor, Comedian, Television presenter, Dub actor

Sarah MillicanSarah Millican
29 May 1975

Ben EltonBen Elton
03 May 1959
Actor, Comedian, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter,
Sean LockSean Lock
22 April 1963
Comedian, Actor, Screenwriter
Bill BaileyBill Bailey
13 January 1964
Actor, Television actor, Comedian, Screenwriter,

Armando IannucciArmando Iannucci
28 November 1963
Satirist, Writer, Comedian, Radio producer,

Michael CrawfordMichael Crawford
19 January 1942
Film actor, Singer, Comedian, Stage actor

Miles JuppMiles Jupp
08 September 1979
Comedian, Actor
Mathew BayntonMathew Baynton
18 November 1980
Actor, Screenwriter

Frankie BoyleFrankie Boyle
16 August 1972
Comedian, Autobiographer, Journalist, Writer

Robert WebbRobert Webb
29 September 1972
Television actor, Film actor, Actor, Comedian,

Paul MertonPaul Merton
09 July 1957
Comedian, Actor

Peter KayPeter Kay
02 July 1973
Comedian, Actor, Screenwriter
Harry EnfieldHarry Enfield
30 May 1961
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter

Jasper CarrottJasper Carrott
14 March 1945
Frank SkinnerFrank Skinner
27 January 1957
comedian, autobiographer

John BishopJohn Bishop
30 November 1966
Comedian, Actor, Association football player,

Ronnie BarkerRonnie Barker
25 September 1929
Actor, Comedian, Entrepreneur
Chris LanghamChris Langham
14 April 1949
Comedian, Screenwriter

Ronnie CorbettRonnie Corbett
04 December 1930
Comedian, Author, Writer, Film actor, Stage actor,
Omid DjaliliOmid Djalili
30 September 1965
Stand-up comedian, Actor, Voice actor, Comedian

Al MurrayAl Murray
10 May 1968
Comedian, Screenwriter, Radio personality, Actor

Lenny HenryLenny Henry
29 August 1958
Television actor, Film actor, Comedian, Singer,

Rhod GilbertRhod Gilbert
18 October 1968
Chris AddisonChris Addison
05 November 1971
Actor, Comedian

Jason ManfordJason Manford
26 May 1981
Bob MonkhouseBob Monkhouse
01 June 1928
Actor, Comedian, Television presenter

Gary DelaneyGary Delaney
16 April 1973

Nicholas ParsonsNicholas Parsons
10 October 1923
Actor, Television presenter, Radio personality,

Les DawsonLes Dawson
02 February 1931
Vic ReevesVic Reeves
24 January 1959
Comedian, Autobiographer, Singer