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!
Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen
13 October 1971
Actor
Noel FieldingNoel Fielding
21 May 1973
Comedian

Rowan AtkinsonRowan Atkinson
06 January 1955
Actor & Comedian

James CordenJames Corden
22 August 1978
Actor

Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
11 June 1959
Actor

Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade
12 June 1977
Actor
Michael PalinMichael Palin
05 May 1943
Comedian, Actor

Jack WhitehallJack Whitehall
07 July 1988
Comedian

John CleeseJohn Cleese
27 October 1939
Actor & Comedian
Stephen FryStephen Fry
24 August 1957
Actor

Russell BrandRussell Brand
04 June 1975
Comedian
Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais
25 June 1961
Actor, Comedian

Sandi ToksvigSandi Toksvig
03 May 1958
Comedian, Writer

Dawn FrenchDawn French
11 October 1957
 

John OliverJohn Oliver
23 April 1977
Comedian

Kenneth WilliamsKenneth Williams
22 February 1926
Comedian
Rik MayallRik Mayall
07 March 1958
Comedian

Richard OsmanRichard Osman
28 November 1970
Television Presenter

David Mitchell (Comedian)David Mitchell (Comedian)
14 July 1974
Comedian

Sue PerkinsSue Perkins
22 September 1969
Comedian
Stan LaurelStan Laurel
16 June 1890
Actor

Steve-OSteve-O
13 June 1974
Actor
Benny HillBenny Hill
21 January 1924
 

Graham ChapmanGraham Chapman
08 January 1941
Comedian

Johnny VegasJohnny Vegas
11 September 1971
Actor
Brian BlessedBrian Blessed
09 October 1936
Actor

Eric IdleEric Idle
29 March 1943
Comedian
Richard Beckinsale Richard Beckinsale
06 July 1947
TV & Film Actor

Tim MinchinTim Minchin
07 October 1975
Comedian

Cilla BlackCilla Black
27 May 1943
Singer
Ricky TomlinsonRicky Tomlinson
26 September 1939
Actor

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Russell HowardRussell Howard
23 March 1980
Comedian
Spike MilliganSpike Milligan
16 April 1918
Comedian

Norman WisdomNorman Wisdom
04 February 1915
Actor

Justin FletcherJustin Fletcher
15 June 1970
Actor, Comedian

Peter Edward CookPeter Edward Cook
17 November 1937
Actor, Comedian, Satirist, Writer
Cariad LloydCariad Lloyd
21 August 1982
Comedian
Sarah AlexanderSarah Alexander
03 January 1971
Actress

Tommy CooperTommy Cooper
19 March 1921
Comedian

Freddie StarrFreddie Starr
09 January 1943
Comedian

Tim VineTim Vine
04 March 1967
Comedian, Actor, Writer
Mollie SugdenMollie Sugden
21 July 1922
Actress

Joe CornishJoe Cornish
20 December 1968
Comedian

Thora HirdThora Hird
28 May 1911
Actress

Donald SindenDonald Sinden
09 October 1923
Actor

Jack DeeJack Dee
24 September 1961
Stand-Up Comedian & Actor
Mark ThomasMark Thomas
11 April 1963
Comedian

Bill BaileyBill Bailey
13 January 1965
Comedian
Shane RichieShane Richie
11 March 1964
Actor

Matt LucasMatt Lucas
05 March 1974
Actor

Eddie IzzardEddie Izzard
07 February 1962
Comedian, Voice actor, Stage actor, Film actor
Bobby BallBobby Ball
28 January 1944
Actor

Greg DaviesGreg Davies
14 May 1968
Actor
David JasonDavid Jason
02 February 1940
Actor

Sara PascoeSara Pascoe
22 May 1981
Comedian

Caroline AherneCaroline Aherne
24 December 1963
Actor, Comedian, Television producer, Television

Victoria WoodVictoria Wood
19 May 1953
Comedian

Nick FrostNick Frost
28 March 1972
Actor
Stephen MerchantStephen Merchant
24 November 1974
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Radio personality,

James AcasterJames Acaster
09 January 1985
Comedian

Jennifer SaundersJennifer Saunders
06 July 1958
Comedians

Jimmy CarrJimmy Carr
15 September 1972
Actor, Comedian, Television presenter
Steve CooganSteve Coogan
14 October 1965
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Film producer

Matt BerryMatt Berry
02 May 1974
Actor, Screenwriter
Ben MillerBen Miller
24 February 1966
Film director, Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Film

Bob MortimerBob Mortimer
23 May 1959
Comedian

Tracey UllmanTracey Ullman
30 December 1959
Actress
Michael CrawfordMichael Crawford
19 January 1942
Film actor, Singer, Comedian, Stage actor

Romesh RanganathanRomesh Ranganathan
27 March 1978
Comedian
Alex HorneAlex Horne
10 September 1978
Comedian

Joseph MarcellJoseph Marcell
14 August 1948
Actor

Michael McIntyreMichael McIntyre
21 February 1976
Comedian
Catherine TateCatherine Tate
12 May 1968
Actress

Mackenzie CrookMackenzie Crook
29 September 1971
Actor
Sally PhillipsSally Phillips
10 May 1969
Actress

Peter SerafinowiczPeter Serafinowicz
10 July 1972
Actor

Terry JonesTerry Jones
01 February 1942
Actor

Bernard CribbinsBernard Cribbins
29 December 1928
Actor
Jason ManfordJason Manford
26 May 1981
Actor
Miriam MargolyesMiriam Margolyes
18 May 1941
Actor, Voice actor, Comedian

D'Arcy CardenD'Arcy Carden
04 January 1980
Actress

Adrian EdmondsonAdrian Edmondson
24 January 1957
Comedian, Musician, Screenwriter

Jon RichardsonJon Richardson
26 September 1982
comedian, stand-up comedian
Rob BrydonRob Brydon
03 May 1965
Actor, Television actor, Film actor, Comedian,

Sharon HorganSharon Horgan
13 July 1970
Actress

Hugh DennisHugh Dennis
13 February 1962
Comedian

Paul MertonPaul Merton
09 July 1957
Comedian, Actor

Lenny HenryLenny Henry
29 August 1958
Television actor, Film actor, Comedian, Singer,
Jim DaleJim Dale
15 August 1935
Actor

Natasia DemetriouNatasia Demetriou
1989 AD
Comedian
Lee MackLee Mack
04 August 1968
Television actor, Autobiographer

Omid DjaliliOmid Djalili
30 September 1965
Stand-up comedian, Actor, Voice actor, Comedian
Paul O'GradyPaul O'Grady
14 June 1955
Comedian
Julian BarrattJulian Barratt
04 May 1968
Actor, Comedian, Composer