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!
Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais
25 June 1961
Actor, Comedian
Rowan AtkinsonRowan Atkinson
06 January 1955
Actor & Comedian

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen
13 October 1971
Actor

Russell BrandRussell Brand
04 June 1975
Comedian

Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
11 June 1959
Actor

James CordenJames Corden
22 August 1978
Actor
John OliverJohn Oliver
23 April 1977
Comedian

John CleeseJohn Cleese
27 October 1939
Actor & Comedian

Stephen FryStephen Fry
24 August 1957
Comedian, Actor
Jack WhitehallJack Whitehall
07 July 1988
Comedian

Noel FieldingNoel Fielding
21 May 1973
Comedian
Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade
12 June 1977
Actor

Steve-OSteve-O
13 June 1974
Actor

Rik MayallRik Mayall
07 March 1958
Comedian

Dawn FrenchDawn French
11 October 1957
 

Sandi ToksvigSandi Toksvig
03 May 1958
Comedian, Writer
Michael PalinMichael Palin
05 May 1943
Comedian, Actor

Stan LaurelStan Laurel
16 June 1890
Actor

Richard Beckinsale Richard Beckinsale
06 July 1947
TV & Film Actor

Tim MinchinTim Minchin
07 October 1975
Comedian
Graham ChapmanGraham Chapman
08 January 1941
Comedian

Benny HillBenny Hill
21 January 1924
 
Eric IdleEric Idle
29 March 1943
Comedian

Cilla BlackCilla Black
27 May 1943
Singer

Ricky TomlinsonRicky Tomlinson
26 September 1939
Actor
Johnny VegasJohnny Vegas
11 September 1971
Actor

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

Kenneth WilliamsKenneth Williams
22 February 1926
Comedian

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

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Justin FletcherJustin Fletcher
15 June 1970
Actor, Comedian
Sarah AlexanderSarah Alexander
03 January 1971
Actress

Norman WisdomNorman Wisdom
04 February 1915
Actor

Tim VineTim Vine
04 March 1967
Comedian, Actor, Writer

Mollie SugdenMollie Sugden
21 July 1922
Actress
Cariad LloydCariad Lloyd
21 August 1982
Comedian
Thora HirdThora Hird
28 May 1911
Actress

Freddie StarrFreddie Starr
09 January 1943
Comedian

Joe CornishJoe Cornish
20 December 1968
Comedian

Donald SindenDonald Sinden
09 October 1923
Actor
Jack DeeJack Dee
24 September 1961
Stand-Up Comedian & Actor

Mark ThomasMark Thomas
11 April 1963
Comedian

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

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

Tim Brooke-TaylorTim Brooke-Taylor
17 July 1940
Comedian
Bradley WalshBradley Walsh
04 June 1960
Association football player, Comedian, Film actor

Michael CrawfordMichael Crawford
19 January 1942
Film actor, Singer, Comedian, Stage actor
Stephen MerchantStephen Merchant
24 November 1974
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Radio personality,

Miriam MargolyesMiriam Margolyes
18 May 1941
Actor, Voice actor, Comedian

Greg DaviesGreg Davies
14 May 1968
Actor
Tamsin GreigTamsin Greig
12 July 1966
Actress

Steve CooganSteve Coogan
14 October 1965
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Film producer
Matt BerryMatt Berry
02 May 1974
Actor, Screenwriter

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

Jimmy CarrJimmy Carr
15 September 1972
Actor, Comedian, Television presenter

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

Peter KayPeter Kay
02 July 1973
Comedian, Actor, Screenwriter
David JasonDavid Jason
02 February 1940
Actor

Simon BirdSimon Bird
19 August 1984
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Film actor

Tracey UllmanTracey Ullman
30 December 1959
Actress

Jennifer SaundersJennifer Saunders
06 July 1958
Comedians
Catherine TateCatherine Tate
12 May 1968
Actress

Gemma WhelanGemma Whelan
23 April 1981
Actress
Sue PerkinsSue Perkins
22 September 1969
Comedian

Kris MarshallKris Marshall
01 April 1973
Actor

Martin ClunesMartin Clunes
28 November 1961
Comedian, Actor, Film director, Musician
Peter SerafinowiczPeter Serafinowicz
10 July 1972
Actor, Comedian, Voice actor, Screenwriter,

Caroline AherneCaroline Aherne
24 December 1963
Actor, Comedian, Television producer, Television
Terry JonesTerry Jones
01 February 1942
Actor

D'Arcy CardenD'Arcy Carden
04 January 1980
Actress

Bill OddieBill Oddie
07 July 1941
Writer
Patricia RoutledgePatricia Routledge
17 February 1929
Actress

Sally PhillipsSally Phillips
10 May 1969
Actress
Alan CarrAlan Carr
14 June 1976
Actor, Comedian, Film actor, Screenwriter

Nick FrostNick Frost
28 March 1972
Actor

Jason ManfordJason Manford
26 May 1981
Actor

Rob BrydonRob Brydon
03 May 1965
Actor, Television actor, Film actor, Comedian,
Paddy McGuinnessPaddy McGuinness
14 August 1973
Comedians
Tony RobinsonTony Robinson
15 August 1946
Television producer, Television actor, Film actor,

Victoria WoodVictoria Wood
19 May 1953
Comedian

Ben MillerBen Miller
24 February 1966
Film director, Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Film

Mackenzie CrookMackenzie Crook
29 September 1971
Actor
Sharon HorganSharon Horgan
13 July 1970
Actress

Deep RoyDeep Roy
01 December 1957
Actor

Ken DoddKen Dodd
08 November 1927
Comedian

Mark GatissMark Gatiss
17 October 1966
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Novelist, Voice

Jon RichardsonJon Richardson
26 September 1982
comedian, stand-up comedian
Lenny HenryLenny Henry
29 August 1958
Television actor, Film actor, Comedian, Singer,

Neil MorrisseyNeil Morrissey
04 July 1962
Actor
Lee MackLee Mack
04 August 1968
Television actor, Autobiographer

Hugh DennisHugh Dennis
13 February 1962
Comedian
Joseph MarcellJoseph Marcell
14 August 1948
Actor
Alexander ArmstrongAlexander Armstrong
02 March 1970
Actor, Comedian, Television presenter, Dub actor